Steve Jobs has only just stepped down from his daily duties as Apple CEO, but replacement Tim Cook is already talking the big talk about the iPad 2, slamming Android in the process.
Tim Cook is taking on Apple CEO Steve Jobs’s day-to-day duties while Jobs takes a well-earned break, but the upstart has decided to start his tenure with a bang — with some fighting talk. Cook called Android tablets “scaled-up smartphone[s]” with “operating system [that] wasn’t designed for them.”
It’s an obvious reference to the Android 2.2-running Samsung Galaxy Tab, still the iPad’s only significant rival, but will the criticism hold true once Android 3.0 Honeycomb devices arrive? Cook deflected their existence, saying “The third batch, as in the ones announced at CES, nothing is shipping yet. They lack performance, timing and prices. Essentially they are vapour.”
On the subject of Apple’s own iPad 2, Cook didn’t reveal any exact details, but confirmed that it would offer brand-new features not yet seen in the iPad range —
“We aren’t sitting still. We have a huge user experience from iTunes to the App Store. We are very confident with entering into a fight with anyone.”