Apple CEO Jobs: too many cooks in ‘Wintel’ kitchen, Windows viruses help drive ‘iPod Halo,’ and more

At the Apple Expo in Paris on Tuesday, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said: “Microsoft is copying us with its operating system… Dell’s trying to copy us with its hardware. That’s fine but we’d like to not give them a map and show them where we’re going to go. At least they can [try to] follow our taillights.”

Too many cooks in the kitchen
“According to the Apple boss, splitting technology into hardware, operating system and applications, and having three separate companies do each of the parts is not a recipe for a good piece of kit,” Jo Best reports for Silicon.com. “‘It doesn’t work for consumer electronics, it doesn’t work for videogames – that’s why Microsoft had to do the hardware,’ he said.”

Too many viruses in the Windows PC
Best reports, “He did, however, tip his cap to the PC for being responsible for the iPod to Mac ‘halo effect’, saying that iPod owners ‘maybe on Friday they get their 30th virus of the week on their PC and they decide to go check out a Mac.'”

Not too many great Apple apps will be coming to Windows
“Despite bringing Windows users into the fold with an iTunes for the PC, Jobs rebuffed the idea of making all Mac apps compatible with the Redmond giant’s OS,” Best reports. “‘We put iTunes on Windows and kind of helped them out there. Microsoft has to earn a living too – we’ll leave some software for them to write,’ he said.”

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21 Comments

  1. Hey Steve, instead of sitting on your duff in Paris, spouting out witticisms to the foreign press like some kind of deranged philosopher king, why not get back to Cupertino and start kicking some hardware engineer @$$? I’d say it’s about time for another PowerBook update!!

  2. “Hey Steve, instead of sitting on your duff in Paris, spouting out witticisms to the foreign press like some kind of deranged philosopher king, why not get back to Cupertino and start kicking some hardware engineer @$$? I’d say it’s about time for another PowerBook update!!”

    Im sure he never thought of that Maybe when he sees your post, he’ll get right on that.

  3. re: Porting Apple software to Windows

    iTunes to Windows was not about “helping out” the Wintel folks… it was about expanding the iPod user base and driving more sales. That was a great marketing move, and is proven each and every day as thousands of people sans Mac click “buy song”.

    iTunes as an app assists with selling iPods (and $.99 tracks). You needn’t worry about Apple porting apps like Final Cut to Windows. Final Cut and other fine Apple software sells Macs.

  4. What about Safari for Windows? As a marketing tool and to drive more (seemingly obtuse) web developers to acknowledge browsers other than IE? (pronounced AAAAAAIIIIIIIIEEEEEE!) And we still need more cowbell but that’s a topic for another day.

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