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Steve Jobs: New Tablets From Rivals Will Be “DOA: Dead On Arrival”

Steve Jobs just called out the tablet competition in Apple’s earnings call. First, Jobs balked at the idea that an “avalanche” of iPad rivals were coming this year. He said it’s just a “handful” of credible rivals. And then he took a shot at those potential rivals. He said all the new tablets coming from rivals this year will be “DOA, dead on arrival.”

His primary reasons:

  • Too many are looking at making seven-inch tablets, which are just too small. Jobs says a seven inch tablet isn’t 70% of the size of an iPad.  Because it’s measured diagonally, it’s actually 45% smaller.You’d also need to include sandpaper so people could make their fingers smaller,” to use these smaller tablets.
  • Many are going to use Android, which even Google says isn’t ready for prime-time on tablets. This means you get no apps with your Android tablet from this year.

In the Q&A with analysts, Jobs followed up and said, “We’ve got a tiger by the tail here,” in regards to the iPad and tablet market.

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Steve Jobs is Mobile Industry Personality of the Year

At the Mobile World Congress, Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs was named the Mobile Industry Personality of the Year.
The award was voted for by the media.

Awards were given in 19 categories including Mobile Marketing and Advertising, Best Mobile Contribution to Social and Economic Development, the Green Mobile Awards, and Mobile Industry Personality of the Year, among others.

Neither Jobs neither Apple attended the mobile conference.

In December, Jobs was also named CEO of the Decade by magazine Fortune.

The limitations of the Apple iPad

In the week since Steve Jobs’ announcement of the Apple iPad, much has been written about this new multimedia device.  But contrary to the iPhone, which was the hype of 2007, the comments are not very positive this time.

6Minutes has made a good summary of the limitations of the iPad, most importantly:
– It has no camera
– No USB entrance, nor a slot for memory card
– No Flash
– 3G not by default
– No multitasking

On top of that, the iPad uses micro SIM-cards, that are not used by any of the Belgian mobile operators (or any of the European operators, for that matter).  So as long as the operators don’t adapt, 3G on the iPad in Belgium won’t be possible.  Probably Mobistar, as Apple’s preferred partner, will be the first to make the change.

Apple launches iPad, a big version of the iPhone, with iBooks

Today Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, revealed its long-awaited tablet device, the Apple iPad.

Steve Jobs revealed the Apple iPad today, its much-awaited tablet computer (see  live notes on TechCrunch). Jobs positions it as a third computing device between a laptop and a smartphone. It is geared towards the “key tasks” of Web browsing, email, sharing photos, watching videos, playing games, and reading digital books. All current iPhone apps will run on the device, as well as new games and digital books designed specifically for it. An enhanced iPhone SDK released today will support both the iPhone and the iPad.

Some info about the device which looks like a big iPhone: it has a 9.7 inch display, weighs 1.5 pounds, and is half-an-inch thick. It is powered by new chip made by Apple itself, a 1 GHz A4 and will come with 16Gb to 64 GB of storage. It supports WiFi (3G connectivity is an option), has an accelerometer, compass, and built-in speaker and microphone, just like the iPhone. The screen is a full capacitive multi-touch screen with LED backlighting. Battery life is supposed to be 10 hours. In addition to WiFi, it will have a 3G option from AT&T.

The Wifi-only version, with 16GB of memory, will cost $499. A 32GB version will be $599, 64 GB will be $699, and with 3G from AT&T it will cost $829. Plans for distribution in Europe have not been unveiled by Jobs.

In parallel to the launch of the iPad, Apple also announced the launch of the iBook store.  The books will be displayed on a bookshelf and the pages inside the books are displayed on an off-white background. Page turns are handled simply by tapping on the right or left sides of the screen and showcase a nice page-curling effect.

Google believes in browsers, not app stores

Interesting article on the future of app stores and browsers, and the opinion of Google regarding this matter:

App stores do not represent the future of the mobile industry according to Google’s vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra, who maintains consumers will instead turn to web browsers to fill their information and entertainment needs. Speaking Thursday at the Mobilebeat conference in San Francisco, Gundotra said no one, including Google, is rich enough to support all of the myriad mobile platforms in existence, a circumstance that mandates a shift in thinking away from the fragmented app store model.

“What we clearly see happening is a move to incredibly powerful browsers,” Gundotra said. “Many, many applications can be delivered through the browser and what that does for our costs is stunning. We believe the web has won and over the next several years, the browser, for economic reasons almost, will become the platform that matters and certainly that’s where Google is investing.” Gundotra added that Apple CEO Steve Jobs proclaimed “Build for the web” with the initial launch of the iPhone, a statement that met with resistance from developers: “I think Steve really did understand that, over the long term, it would be the web, and I think that’s how things will play out.”

(source: FierceMobile; more details on Financial Times)

Saved by iPhone Fake Calls

Last month (Oct 22nd), Steve Jobs announced that the Apple App Store has passed the mark of 200 million downloads.  The App Store, which was launched only 100 days earlier, offers free and paying applications for the Apple iPhone.  With over 10 million iPhones 3G sold this year, that’s about 20 apps per iPhone user on average.

Among the apps are some serious, some handy and also some fun applications.  The app ‘Fake Calls’ definitely falls in that last category.  This allows you to program a fake call on your iPhone.  In the settings, you can choose the name and number of the fictitious person who calls you and the time when the phone should start ringing.  This comes in very handy when this ennoying colleague keeps you up too long at the coffee machine or when you want to get out of that boring meeting.  As you can see in the video below, you can even have Steve Jobs himself call you!