• On Adobe’s Flash: “Sometimes when we get rid of things, people call us crazy… But sometimes you just have to pick the things that are going to be the right horse to ride forward… And Flash has had it’s day… but HTML5 is starting emerge… The video looks better and it works better and you don’t need a plugin to run it… We’re just trying to make great products. We don’t think Flash makes a great product, so we’re leaving it out. Instead, we’re going to focus on technologies that are in ascendancy. If we succeed, people will buy them and if we don’t they won’t… and, so far, I have to say, people seem to be liking the iPad. We sell like 3 iPads a second.”
• On Foxconn: “Foxconn is not a sweatshop. They’re got restaurants and swimming pools… For a factory, it’s a pretty nice factory.:” Jobs notes that the recent suicides at Foxconn — which number 15 at last count I think — is still below the national average. “But this is very troubling to us, so we send over our own people and some outside folks as well to look into the issue.”
• On the possibility of removing Google from the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch: “No.”
• On Apple’s acquisition of Siri: “It’s an AI company… We’re not going into search.”
• On AT&T: “They’re doing pretty good in some ways and in others they could do better. We meet with them once a quarter. Remember, they deal with way more data traffic than anyone else. And they’re having trouble. But they have the fastest 3G network and they’re improving. I wish they were improving faster… I’m convinced that any other network, had you put the iPhone on it would have had the same problems… You can bet we’re doing everything we can do… I can tell you what I’m told by reliable people: to make things better, people reallocate spectrum and they do things like increasing backhaul and they put in more robust switches… and things in general, when they start to fix them get worse before they get better… and if you believe that, [then] things should be getting a lot better real soon.”
• On iPad and iPhone: “I’ll tell you a secret. It began with the tablet. Jobs first charged his staff with developing a tablet, but after seeing their first efforts decided the way to go was a phone. ‘My God, I said, this would make a great phone.’ So we shelved the tablet and built the iPhone.”
• On content providers: Content providers are not pricing their offerings as aggressively as they should.
• On the iPad succeeding the notebook: “The transformation of PC to new form factors like the tablet is going to make some people uneasy because the PC has taken us a long ways. The PC is brilliant… and we like to talk about the post-PC era, but it’s uncomfortable… Why wouldn’t they be good for content creation? It can’t be that the software isn’t powerful enough, because the software is improving… These devices over time are going to grow to do new things [like] productivity apps… video editing software…”
• On iAds: [It’s to] make developers more money…. People are using apps way more than they are using search. So if you want to make developers more money, you’ve got to get the ads into apps. But the mobile ads we’ve got today rip you out of the app…” Apple has figured out a better way.
• On Hollywood: “It needs to let people watch the content they want to watch, when they want to watch it and where they want to watch it.. We didn’t invent [HDCP]. The problem is that Hollywood doesn’t want what happened to the music industry to happen to them. You can’t blame them. But content protection isn’t their business and they’re grasping at straws here. But we’ve got to deal with their restrictions… I feel your pain.”
• On the future of TV: “The television industry fundamentally has a subsidized business model that gives everyone a set-tip box and that pretty much undermines innovation in the sector. Ask TiVo, ask Roku, ask Google in a few months. The only way this is going to change is if you start from scratch, tear up the box, redesign and get it to the consumer in a way that they want to buy it. But right now, there’s no way to do that… The TV is going to lose until there’s a viable go-to-market strategy. That’s the fundamental problem with the industry. It’s not a problem with the technology, it’s a problem with the go-to-market strategy… I’m sure smarter people than us will figure this out, but that’s why we say Apple TV is a hobby.”
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