Today while I was getting some morning reading done I stumbled across a very peculiar article. Business insider editor Nicholas Carlson wrote an article titled “The CEO Of BlackBerry Says The iPhone Is Out-Of-Date”. I want my readers to read this exact article word by word.
So here it is
“The rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don’t innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly. The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about is now five years old.”
Speaking of out of date, here’s a chart from 2009 showing BlackBerry/RIM’s marketshare”
Then, Mr. Carlson proceeds to posts a chart about BlackBerry’s market share drop and ends the article with “Maybe this Apple pile-on is getting a little out-of-hand?”
Here comes my issue with this article. To benefit his point and lets be clear, his actual BlackBerry dislike, Mr. Carlson left out a very important quote from Mr. Heins
Here is the full quote from BlackBerry’s CEO,
“The rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don’t innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly.” “The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about, is now five years old.” and then proceeded to praise the iPhone by saying, “Apple did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market, they did a fantastic job with the user interface, they are a design icon. There is a reason why they were so successful, and we actually have to admit this and respect that.”
So Mr. Heins comments were taken out of context. He was speaking in terms of UI where BlackBerry actually challenges the normal user interface structure of competing platforms. Mr. Heins didn’t take a shot at Apple. He just praised the innovation of his own company while praising the other company as well. Oh and to quote him again “RESPECT” Apple, their innovation and what they did for the industry.
BlackBerry 10 is selling extremely well and I guess this upsets some people.
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