RIM Wages War On Apple #RIM #Apple #Jobs #SteveJobs

RIM has waged war on Apple after Steve Jobs criticised the firm at Apple’s earnings announcement on Monday (18 October).

Jobs had said that devices such as RIM’s PlayBook tablet are ‘dead on arrival’ because, at seven-inches, they are smaller in size than Apple’s iPad.

RIM CEO Jim Balsillie has hit back at Jobs, saying customers are ‘tired’ of Apple’s controlling strategy.

He said: ‘Many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple. For those of us who live outside Apple’s distortion field, we know that 7-inch tablets will actually be a big portion of the market.’

Jobs had also pointed to the fact that Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones last quarter, compared with RIM’s 12.1 million BlackBerrys.

Balsillie argued that the comparison was misleading, because RIM’s quarter included more of the summer months when consumers make fewer purchases. He added that RIM expects to sell between 13.8 million and 14.4 million BlackBerrys this quarter.

Basillie added: ‘While Apple’s attempt to control the eco-system and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple, developers want more options and customers want to fully access the overwhelming majority of websites that use Flash. We know that Adobe Flash support actually matters to customers who want a real web experience.’

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