Steve Jobs Disses Google, Adobe
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Take it with a big grain of salt, because it’s second-hand and illustrated with a goofily menacing photo of Jobs, but Wired has a report on Jobs’s post-iPad all-hands company meeting:
On Google: We did not enter the search business, Jobs said. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake, teams at Google want to kill us. We won’t let them, he says. Someone else asks something on a different topic, but there’s no getting Jobs off this rant. I want to go back to that other question first and say one more thing, he says. This don’t be evil mantra: “It’s a load of crap.” Audience roars.
About Adobe: They are lazy, Jobs says. They have all this potential to do interesting things but they just refuse to do it. They don’t do anything with the approaches that Apple is taking, like Carbon. Apple does not support Flash because it is so buggy, he says. Whenever a Mac crashes more often than not it’s because of Flash. No one will be using Flash, he says. The world is moving to HTML5.
Sounds about right to me. If anyone who was there disputes Wired’s synopsis, I’m all ears.
Some additional key points that we learned:
– Apple will deliver aggressive updates to iPhone that Android/Google won’t be able to keep up with
– iPad is up there with the iPhone and Mac as the most important products Jobs has been a part of
– Next iPhone coming is an A+ update
– New Macs for 2010 are going to take Apple to the next level
– Blu-Ray software is a mess, and Apple will wait until sales really start to take off before implementing it.
If the talk is true, Apple has a winning plan. It sounds like Jobs will keep the iPhone one step ahead of competitors, and that 2010 Macs will be something to keep an eye on. (The iPad is still kind of a market mystery, but Apple’s big enough to take that.) Google better have some serious innovations up its sleeve, otherwise Apple is going to eat it up for a while to come.