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Apple boss Tim Cook attacks "bizarre" Android tablets as iPad sales rocket

As Apple announces its latest set of storming financial results, its chief operating officer Tim Cook took a leaf out of Steve Jobs' book and tore into the iPad's Android competition.

With Steve Jobs is on a medical leave of absence, 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 Android 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 Honeycomb version of the Android OS, 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 iPad 2 (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 iPhones in the last quarter of 2010 -- a record -- and more than 9.7 million iPod touches. Cook said that overall, Apple has sold 160 million iOS devices since the launch of the first iPhone. Record revenues for the quarter were up 71 per cent on last year at $26.7bn, with profit at $6bn, up a massive 78 per cent. iTunes alone made over $1bn, from music, video and app sales.