Mac Geek The New York Times managed to get some time with Steve Jobs yesterday after his keynote, and there were some interesting remarks in the interview from Jobs. Apparently his mother never taught him that if he didn’t have anything nice to say, not to say anything at all.

First up was the Amazon Kindle (review). This is portable reading device designed by Amazon that is able to download digital books without ever needing to be connected to a computer. Amazon can’t even keep the device in stock, but Jobs said that:

It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore. Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.

Then he went on to talk about the Google Android (review) mobile operating system which is expected to be released later this year. Interestingly enough Apple has worked with Google to provide specialized services on the iPhone, such as mapping and YouTube videos, but that didn’t hold Jobs back from expressing his true feelings:

Having created a phone its a lot harder than it looks. We’ll see how good their software is and we’ll see how consumers like it and how quickly it is adopted. I actually think Google has achieved their goal without Android, and I now think Android hurts them more than it helps them. It’s just going to divide them and people who want to be their partners.

The thing is that Google isn’t actually creating phones, instead they are developing the software to run on the phones. It’s likely that there will be dozens of different devices running Android when it is released, and that will help speed up the adoption rate. Particularly if they are more affordable than the iPhone.

I can’t wait to see what the future holds for both Kindle and Android, and to see just how accurate Jobs’ predictions are.

New York Times [via Gizmodo]
Thanks to “Google” for the tip!

There Are 13 Comments

  1. Wow, what a douche.

    Hope he enjoys his laptop being a flop.

  2. Famf wrote:
    Hope he enjoys his laptop being a flop.

    I don’t think the laptop will be a flop, but I’m skeptical as to how many people would really want to sacrifice not having a CD/DVD drive built-in.

  3. Ryan wrote:
    Famf wrote:
    Hope he enjoys his laptop being a flop.

    I don’t think the laptop will be a flop, but I’m skeptical as to how many people would really want to sacrifice not having a CD/DVD drive built-in.

    What about that irreplaceable battery? even 5 hours doesn’t cut it for me. my Dell XPS 1210 provides 4.5 hours and I carry 2 batteries and use them both everyday.

    back on topic, he is clearly a manner-less person. I feel sorry for his family (especially the wife)

  4. The fact that he’s taking the time to attack Android means he views it as a threat, and rightly so.

    I’d gladly adopt a phone that I can actually use however I’d like, with whatever provider I’d like.

  5. Anonymous wrote:
    Ryan wrote:
    Famf wrote:
    Hope he enjoys his laptop being a flop.

    I don’t think the laptop will be a flop, but I’m skeptical as to how many people would really want to sacrifice not having a CD/DVD drive built-in.

    What about that irreplaceable battery? even 5 hours doesn’t cut it for me. my Dell XPS 1210 provides 4.5 hours and I carry 2 batteries and use them both everyday.

    back on topic, he is clearly a manner-less person. I feel sorry for his family (especially the wife)

    Also only one USB Port, no Firewire, no Ethernet, $1800, etc.

    [tinynibbles.com]

    Might want to check that out. Although she does seem kind of rude too.

  6. Another example of Jobs’ reality distortion field ? 40% read less than one book a year means that 60% read MORE than a book a year. Not that “people don’t read anymore”. He’s obviously trying to minimize the importance of Amazon’s kindle.

  7. The How-To Geek wrote:
    The fact that he’s taking the time to attack Android means he views it as a threat, and rightly so.

    I think he knows that there are few companies out there that have the influence to design something that is so well accepted, and Google is just that company. The fact that they already have an SDK available has to really keep Jobs up at night biting his nails.

    Famf wrote:
    Also only one USB Port, no Firewire, no Ethernet, $1800, etc.

    [tinynibbles.com]

    Might want to check that out. Although she does seem kind of rude too.

    There are too many things, as you pointed out, that don’t justify the $1800 pricetag. And I did see that article/video of the girl asking Jobs for a picture. I’m not really surprised that he did that though, because from what I’ve heard he’s not all that friendly.

    s427 wrote:
    Another example of Jobs’ reality distortion field ? 40% read less than one book a year means that 60% read MORE than a book a year. Not that “people don’t read anymore”. He’s obviously trying to minimize the importance of Amazon’s kindle.

    That’s a good observation, and Jobs will of course do anything he can to minimize the attention given to products that aren’t their own. I’m still a little shocked that he brought the Kindle into the conversation when Apple doesn’t offer a competing product.

  8. steve jobs is such a such a [*SENSORED*] it may be true that people dont read, i think the kindle mostly towards college students so they dont have to carry large heavy books around, and with android hes a douche too, the only reason steve makes his products is because he just wants money same with the iphone i hate apple

  9. I think the success of both the Android OS and Amazon Kindle has proved that Steve Jobs is concerned about competition. Personally I see Apple products selling to non long time Apple fans on wow features alone. This eventually wears off. I own an iPod touch (that I got second hand for a huge discount) and I only use it for an iPod and web browser. I think the mobile Safari browser is the best mobile browser available, but outside of that I would never even have this device. Further more I don’t like iPods because you have to important your music to iTunes, but on other players you can simply drag and drop such as the SanDisk players. I only carry the thing because I’m going to carry any mp3 player anyway, and this device has a brilliant browser. I’m also sickened by this new iTablet business. Anyone who pays $500 for an overgrown iPod touch is simply off their rocker. Apple marketing has brainwashed the public into believing that their products are fast and stable, but the reality is outside of Mac OS X, their products are anything but productive. I’m more concerned about what I can actually do, than how cool it is to pinch my screen to zoom out.

    • Yeah I agree with drastik in his observation of the time that has passed since this article was first written. Especially with the idea of everyone wanting a huge ipod touch. Eventually the shock and awe most people experience from apple will die off and we will be left with the same situation that happened with apple earlier.

  10. Steve Jobs was always an arrogant, self righteous , self important person. According to his logic regarding the kindle he shouldn’t be selling MACs. Last checked Macs barely account for 10% of computer sales. That is a pretty small market ( 10% of computer users ) compared to 40% of US population.

    It is funny how history repeats itself. So Mac controls the hardware and OS platform and the incumbent creates an OS that runs on a variety of hardware platforms. Sound familiar ?
    Arrogance again was supreme the last time.

    Here is the reality Apple creates a good product. That it. It does what it supposed to do. And to their credit they do it well. But where they fail ( repeatedly ) is cooperation. They only ingrate when they get all the benefit

  11. I have an iPad. It’s great hardware (but with a price to match). Software-wise, it is good for reading and game playing; I think it’s a much better ebook reader than Kindle.

    But Apple hasn’t figured out how to make it easy to use, they have simply stripped all the functionality out that might make it complicated. All you can really do is start up applications, applications that don’t otherwise interact. Every app has its own incompatible and ad hoc way of connecting to Picasa, Facebook, getting files, sending files, managing files, etc.

    The iPad is all style and graphic design, a crappy operating system, and great third party apps. Actually, the whole thing reminds me of a really pretty version of MS-DOS in its limitations. If I could replace Apple’s crappy software on my iPad with Android, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

  12. Maybe Jobs doesn’t read any more. That might explain how he doesn’t know that Android is eating into his profits. And now that Flash is playing on Android after Jobs banned it on the iPad/iPhone/iPod in a fit of bad judgment and spite he has got to be feeling like the Emperor that has no clothes.

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