On Monday, Apple wowed the investment world yet again,announcing an astonishing and record earnings report of better than $20 billion. The impressive numbers come as a result of Apple's still-soaring iPhone sales, which topped 14 million units sold for the quarter. Similar success was in store for Macs, which sold 3.89 million units during the same three-month time frame - the best quarter on record for Mac sales.
During Monday's quarterly earnings call, however, the real story soon shifted from the staggering figures announced to Steve Jobs' surprise appearance on the call. Why did Apple's CEO turn up? To discuss many things on the minds of Apple fans and critics. As Paul covered yesterday, Jobs debunked reports of a 7-inch iPad
. But it was the executive's tough words for Google and RIM that are seeing the most fallout today.
Referencing the iPhone, Jobs said that "it handily beat RIM's 12.1 million Blackberries sold in their last quarter. We've now passed RIM. I don't see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future. It will be a challenge for them to create a mobile software platform and convince developers to support a third platform."
With regard to Google and the success of Android, Jobs said: "Unfortunately there's no solid data on how many Android phones are shipped each quarter. We hope manufacturers will start reporting it, but it's not the case now."
Taking a shot at Android fragmentation, Jobs was certain to point out what he perceives to be a major platform shortcoming. "Compare this to iPhone where every handset works the same. Twitter client TwitterDeck (he meant TweetDeck) recently launched their Android app, and had to contend with 100 different versions of software on 244 different handsets. That's a daunting challenge."
On Tuesday, Iain Dodsworth, CEO of TweetDeck, took to Twitter (I guess we should have seen that coming) to rebuff Jobs' comments. Dodswoth's claim? Android fragmentation isn't a big deal. "Did we at any point say it was a nightmare developing on Android?" Dodsworth asked via Twitter. "Err nope, no we didn't. It wasn't. WE only have 2 guys developing on Android TweetDeck so that shows how small an issue fragmentation is."
While there are also unconfirmed reports of Google executives similarly firing back, we'll wait to confirm those comments before sharing any other angry words that may be directed at Steve Jobs. Stay tuned.