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October 19, 2010updated 19 Aug 2016 10:05am

It’s David versus Goliath as the CEO of TweetDeck takes on… Steve Jobs

"Twitter client" CEO calls father of Mac, iPhone, iPad a big fat liar, while Jobs makes more muddled arguments about rumours his own firm loves to leak to the Apple fansites

By Jason Stamper Blog


On Apple’s earnings call last night Apple CEO Steve Jobs, above, took the opportunity to take a pop at what he calls the fragmentation of Google’s Android operating system. Quite why he saw the need to attack competitors when Apple itself had its first $20bn quarter and saw revenue up 67%, only Jobs knows. He may make a nifty gadget or two, but his business sense looks less and less reliable.

Anyhow Steve Jobs said of Android: "Twitter client [TweetDeck] recently launched their app for Android. They reported that they had to contend with more than a hundred different versions of Android software on 244 different handsets. The multiple hardware and software iterations present developers with a daunting challenge."

To which the TweetDeck CEO fired back via Twitter: "Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android? Errr nope, no we didn’t. It wasn’t." Take that Steve Jobs!

Jobs also scotched rumours the firm is working on a 7 inch tablet version of its iFad tablet computer, saying that the 7 inch rivals are a bunch of muppets who haven’t got a clue about design.

Sadly his argument was characteristically muddled and his PR team must have been weeping into their coffee when he said of 7 inch tablets (3 inches smaller diagonally than the iPad): "It is meaningless, unless your tablet also includes sandpaper, so that the user can sand down their fingers to around one quarter of the present size. Apple’s done extensive user-testing on touch interfaces over many years, and we really understand this stuff. There are clear limits of how close you can physically place elements on a touch screen before users cannot reliably tap, flick or pinch them."

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Which begs the question, if you can’t interact with applications on a 7 inch screen, how the hell can you interact with them on a darned smartphone, sales of which helped Apple to its $20bn quarter? Or as the Tweetdeck CEO might say, "Errr, what about the iPhone, which has half the screen size of a 7 inch tablet, yet happily supports 300,000 applications?"






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