He was referring to Samsung's mood after the jailing of its de facto head Jay Y. Lee for five years -- Lee was found guilty of bribery -- when he offered disheartening words.
"Nobody would get on a ship without a captain because you know it's dangerous," he said. "We are on such a ship."
That's a startling admission. By comparison, Apple is on a vacation cruise.
With the iPhone 8 -- or iPhone Edition or whatever it will be called -- due to be unveiled on September 12, Apple's management must be looking around and seeing an empty field where the opposition has turned up a couple of men short.
Moreover, some analysts believe that once the iPhone breaks the $1,000 barrier, there will be a substantial move toward mid-segment phones.
But if the iPhone 8/Edition manages to be truly exciting -- and if the HomePod smart speaker turns out to be not only an attractive artifact for your living room, but a device housing a Siri who finally understands what you're saying -- Apple might enter 2018 in uncommonly fine spirits.