Jobs gouges Google as Apple profits surge

BlackBerry maker RIM was also on the receiving end of Jobs’ tongue-lashing. After claiming that RIM would be unable to catch Apple in the smartphone market, Jobs then went on to berate companies such as RIM who are launching 7in tablets to rival the iPad.

Jobs gouges Google as Apple profits surge

We think that the current crop of 7-inch tablets are going to be DOA: dead on arrival

“One naturally thinks that a 7in screen would offer 70% of the benefits of a 10in screen,” Jobs claimed. “Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. The screen measurements are diagonal, so that a 7in screen is only 45% as large as the iPad’s 10in screen. You heard me right – just 45% as large.”

“We think that the current crop of 7in tablets are going to be DOA: dead on arrival. Their manufacturers’ will learn the painful lesson that their tablets will be too small, and increase the size next year, thereby abandoning both customers and developers who jumped on the 7in bandwagon.”

Storming sales?

Jobs claimed Apple was “blown away” by its fourth quarter results, but analysts were less impressed, with the company failing to meet aggressive predictions and seeing its share price drop as a result.

Apple sold 4.2 million iPads in the quarter, but that fell short of expectations. “A little bit disappointing there,” Gleacher & Co analyst Brian Marshall told Reuters. “[Wall] Street was expecting closer to five million units. The problem is supply, it can’t make enough of them.”

Sales of the iPhone rocketed by 91% year-on-year to 14.1 million units, although iPod sales actually declined by 9%, suggesting that people are increasingly using their smartphone as their MP3 player.

Mac sales were also 27% up on the same quarter in 2009, with the company shipping 3.9 million computers during the quarter. Apple is expected to launch a smaller version of the MacBook Air tomorrow.

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