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Rumor: Jobs Bashes Google and Adobe, Hints at New Products

Secondhand reports of Steve Jobs at a town hall meeting for Apple employees have the iconic CEO telling it like is about Flash, Google’s “Don’t be Evil” philosophy, and maybe telling us what to expect in 2010.

First, the stuff for your inner rumormonger from MacRumors.

Steve Jobs believes the iPad is as important to Apple as the iPhone and the Mac, and that’s both unsurprising and scary. Let’s hope it doesn’t become a “hobby” like the Apple TV. As for the iPhone, the next model is an “A+ update” that Google/Android won’t be able to match.

Macs are going to “take Apple to the next level” in 2010, unless that level requires Blu-ray. Repeating the tired refrain about software and licensing being a “mess,” Apple is apparently waiting until Blu-ray sales “take off.” Those, like myself, pining for a Mac mini with Blu-ray take a moment to collect yourselves. Finally, about the whole Lala acquisition, Apple wanted to get them on the “iTunes team,” whatever that means.

Regarding Google and Adobe, there’s some dispute over exactly what was said, giving credence to the theory of eyewitness fallibility or the theory of inflammatory reporting. Take your pick.

According to Wired, Jobs had harsh words for Google, asserting that Apple “did not enter the search business,” but that Google “entered the phone business.” If true, that’s a fascinating comment, in that it could be argued their was, at least from Jobs’ point of view, a kind of informal agreement that Apple and Google would not compete in the same space.

More colorfully, Jobs supposedly called Google’s motto “bulls**t,” maybe. John Gruber of Daring Fireball reports a source told him that Wired was paraphrasing, that Jobs said, “Don’t be evil is a load of crap.” Scatological nuance noted.

As for Adobe, there’s less to dispute. Steve Jobs hates Flash. According to Wired, Jobs once again criticized Flash, asserting that it is buggy and it crashes Macs, and that “the world is moving to HTML5.” It’s all good, solid boilerplate execuspeak, but it still won’t get me Hulu on my iPad, or will it? As for the company itself, Jobs suggested that while Adobe has great potential, “they are lazy.”

So, cutting through the rumor chaff for the wheat, no Flash for iPad, no Blu-ray for Mac, and just four more months until WWDC and, presumably, the iPhone A+.

14 Responses to “Rumor: Jobs Bashes Google and Adobe, Hints at New Products”

  1. mike2078

    no bluray is fine for me. When I see other laptops with bluray I really do not see a benefit.. players load slowly, you can’t even connect to a videobeamer or a bis screen…
    Bad experience overall. Nothing apple should include so far…

    • I think one of the reasons a lot of people want Blu-Ray on their computers isn’t to use their computer as the primary Blu-Ray device, but to be able to play the same disc on all their machines. While some studios are doing the Blu-Ray/Digital or Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital combo release approach that alleviates this, a lot aren’t, and it can be frustrating to buy something that looks great on your TV but can’t be played on your other devices (or those belonging to friends and families), especially ones like MacBooks that double as portable DVD players for many.

      That said, I’m not too antsy for Blu-Ray drives on Macs. I figure it will happen eventually, and my next Mac will probably have it.

  2. I can live without Flash, I miss it sometimes in Flash apps and games (as there is little alternative for free casual gaming on Mac), but on iPad, that’s a different story, as the iPad OS offers way better apps and games than Flash does. Having no Flash is OK, plus it filters out Flash banner c**p and speeds page loads significantly.
    “Don’t be evil” sounds really like sucking up to the users. “Apple is evil, bla bla bla, closed, bla bla, proprietary, bla bla bla bla!”, and Google is like “Yeah! And we’re not!”. Cheap PR tactic, for sure.
    No Blu-ray is OK at the moment, if Apple doesn’t want to rush it. An optional Blu-ray on newer Macs, at least iMacs (probably the best TV alternative!), would be nice though. It will come with time, no doubt.
    New iPhone? Two words: sounds awesome!