During Apple’s announcement of its success in Q2, Tim Cook held a Q&A session. It covered various issues including the Japan disaster’s effect on iPad 2 manufacture, possibilities of a 4G iPhone and the iOS vs. Android battle.
Japan disaster’s effect on iPad supply:
Tim Cook started off by stating what a terrible disaster it was in Japan, and that his thoughts were with the victims involved. Apple has a long history of involvement with Japan and all involved at the company were saddened by the event. He also stated that Cupertino are involved in relief work out there.
Cook mentioned that the next quarter’s revenue is predicted to be $200million down but supply hasn’t been affected. The suppliers and Apple have been working incredibly hard to make sure that this doesn’t become an issue.
$49 iPhone 3GS
According to Cook, this device has sold very well. Understandable since it is at a very low price point.
4G iPhone equipped with LTE?
Same old Apple here. Tim Cook said that these early generation LTE chips would require too many compromises in design, and that the Apple is very happy with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. This says to me that a 4G enabled iPhone won’t be with us for a few years yet.
He also, on a more positive noted, stated that Apple is working towards bringing the iPhone to more carriers. So, could we see a T-mobile or Sprint iPhone some time soon? Let’s hope so.
iOS vs. Android?
He answered the question on the iOS vs. Android battle being similar to that of Mac vs. PC by referencing the Comscore survey results published yesterday. The guys at Apple are very happy with how well iOS is doing, and they don’t seem worried at all about Google’s Android OS. There was another snarky comment about fragmentation, and how Apple’s iPhone experience is still better than Android.
iPhone 5, iPhone success and Steve Jobs’ health:
Firstly, Cook mentioned that Jobs&Co are focussing a lot of time and energy on China, and understanding the market out there. Clearly this is a huge market opportunity for them that they want take advantage of.
Steve Jobs continues to be on medical leave, but does stay involved. He hopes to be back full time shortly.
One question was asked about the iPhone/iPod annual release cycle, and whether or not Apple was going to stick to it. “No comment”. So, no tasty info there then.
It’s disappointing to know that iPhones won’t be LTE equipped for some time. But, it is true to Apple form. Nothing tends to make it on to an iPhone unless it’s tried, proven and can be made a great user experience. With 4G still being relatively new I doubt we’ll see an iPhone 4G for a while yet.
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Via: 9to5 Mac