iPad wannabes are DOA – Steve Jobs

Yes, this is what Apple CEO Steve Job said during Apple’s conference call – that 7 inch tablet has no future, to extent of saying that these products will be “dead on arrival”.

Some other claims of Jobs:

– users need to “sand paper to sand down your finger”
– developers cannot make quality apps on a 7 inch screen
– tablet users have already have smartphones
– Google’s Android operating system isn’t open
– Tweetdeck should work very hard to create an Android version of its browser app

Now why would Jobs state something like this considering the Apple iPod Touch and the iPhone 4 is a mere 3.5-inch diagonally and has a resolution of 960×640 pixels; which to some are tiny tablets and are controlled by human fingers. Some of you may argue that the iPhone 4 is a phone and the screen size is just right for a phone. But you also have to remember that the iPhone 4 is not just a phone, it’s also an internet device like the iPod touch that can do what an ordinary tablet can do – surf and download apps.

Jobs also said that with the upcoming tablets, users need to “sand paper to sand down your finger”. To date, I have to agree to this, the responsiveness of non-iPad tablets is still a working progress. But it’s a matter of time I am sure for these companies to come up with a true touchscreen tablets.

I don’t agree that developers cannot make quality apps on a 7 inch screen. If 9.7-inch and a 3.5-inch models have been popular enough to get developers to recode tens of thousands of apps, then a 7-inch model would certainly work. If the 7inch tablets will be pervasive, developers will definitely make their application work on these devices. This has been proven time and again – remember the different mobile phone screens? Developers made sure their application will work on these popular phones. They have to – its their business to make it work.

With Jobs declaration, other companies like RIM, TweetDeck, Google and Facebook has this to say:

– Research in Motion co-CEO Jim Balsillie blogged that “We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple.” And: “We also know that while Apple’s attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more options.”

– CEO of TweetDeck Iain Dodsworth tweeted “Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android? Errr nope, no we didn’t. It wasn’t.

– Facebook software engineer Joe Hewitt tweeted that “Until Android is read/write open, it’s no different than iOS to me. Open source means sharing control with the community, not show and tell.”

– Andy Rubin, vice president of engineering at Google, responded to Jobs’ remarks by Tweeting code that reportedly lets downloaders build the Android operating system from scratch.

This will be a long story to tell, the debate will definitely continue – on the technology point of view and users point of view. All I can say about the 7inch DOA claim of Jobs is Apple doesn’t want to get a 7-inch model out on the market because it is likely to jeopardize sales of their 9.7-inch model. It’s about being controversial and being talked about. What happen after the trash talking? Apple launched / announced a number of new products:

– The new Lion OS X will be closer in operation to the iPad/iPhone
– The App Store is coming to the Mac
– Facetime is on the Mac
– iLife 11 with New iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand
– New Lion OS and new MacBook Air

This would be one of the greatest technology battle in history – Apple against Google / RIM / Microsoft / Intel / Nokia / Samsung / Dell / Lenovo / HP and other tablet stake holders. Who’s side are you on?


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