“After a big public announcement of the sort Apple had this week for the iPad CEO Steve Jobs often takes time in the day or two afterwards to have a Town Hall at One Infinite Loop, making himself available for questions from employees bold enough to stand up and take one right between the eyes,” John C. Abell reports for Wired.
“This time, the big topics included Google and Adobe,” Abell reports. “Jobs, characteristically, did not mince words as he spoke to the assembled, according to a person who was there who could not be named because this person is not authorized by Apple to speak with the press.”
• On Google: We did not enter the search business, Jobs said. They entered the phone business. Make no mistake they want to kill the iPhone. 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 bullshit.” 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.
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Note: As is often the case with these type of reports, the details of exactly what was said are disputed. Case in point:
John Gruber reports, “A little birdie emailed to say that while the gist is right, the Wired transcript is clearly paraphrased: ‘He actually said ‘teams at Google want to kill us.’ He never said it in a way that made it sound like the whole company did. Mostly just the Android team.’ Another little birdie in attendance tells me, ‘The quote was actually, ‘Don’t be evil is a load of crap,” and that Jobs was nostalgic about the kick-ass Adobe of old.”
Full article here.
Arnold Kim reports for MacRumors on other things Jobs’ discussed:
• Apple will deliver aggressive updates to iPhone that Android/Google won’t be able to keep up with; next iPhone coming is an A+ update
• iPad is up there with the iPhone and Mac as the most important products Jobs has been a part of
• New Macs for 2010 are going to take Apple to the next level
More details in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Note: Not discussed at the meeting, but we’ve been hearing that the multitasking capabilities of iPhone OS (used by iPhone, iPod touch and iPad) will be “expanded” with the release of 4.0. (Multitasking, of course, has always been present in iPhone OS for select Apple apps). The iPhone OS 4.0 release date is unknown, but it’s suspected to be available to the public by June and rumored to support iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPod touch 2G, and, of course, iPad.
MacDailyNews Take: “Why does Google hate Apple product users? Because in the absence of any new ideas, Google’s stooped to tapping an old one: Copy Apple until the cows come home (moo) and attempt to become the next Microsoft. Google hates users of Apple products because Apple product users can clearly see that Google’s rushed, never-quite-finished knockoffs, just like Microsoft’s, are inferior to products they’ve had in their hands for years, not to mention that users of Apple products understand that Google’s ‘don’t be evil’ mantra is meaningless PR bullshit.” – MacDailyNews Take, December 01, 2009