With Steve Jobs is on a, Apple's chief operating officer Tim Cook was left to face industry analysts last night, as Apple revealed bumper financial results for the Christmas period. He's clearly learnt from the master, judging by his Jobsian competitor-bashing.
Asked about competition for the iPad from tablets, Cook said, "The variety that are out shipping today, the operating system wasn't really designed for the tablet," while pointing out that this is something Google itself has admitted.
"So you wind up having a size of a tablet that is less than we believe is reasonable..." Mobile Entertainment reported Cook as saying. "You end up with kind of a scaled-up smart phone, which is a bizarre product in our view."
While it's true that existing tablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab are running versions of Android designed for smart phones, Google recently showed off the new , which is optimised for tablets.
Cook delivered a broadside on that too. "There's nothing shipping yet, so I don't know. They lack performance specs, they lack prices, they lack timing. Today, they're vapour. We'll assess them as they come out. However, we're not sitting still..."
Roll on the(or whatever it's called), in other words. Cook's confidence was unsurprising: Apple sold 7.33 million iPads in the last three months of 2010 alone, according to its figures released last night -- taking it to 14.8 million for the year as a whole.
What's more, Apple sold 16.24 million