Tim Cook calls Surface tablet confusing

Last updated 14:45 26/10/2012
Tim Cook
FRESH PERSPECTIVE: Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Relevant offers

Gadgets

France moves to ban 'e-joint' Robot flies as airline passenger Victory for Apple in music class action suit Sleep interruptus - there's trouble in the bedroom US rules may clip drone wings Kiwi's 3D-printed record player a worldwide hit The 'smart' helmet and attitudes to cycling Why Apple might ditch the headphone port Apple iPod trial may have new plaintiff Chromecast streaming device on sale in NZ

This post was originally published on Mashable.

Apple's CEO Tim Cook took a dig at Microsoft's soon-to-be released Surface tablet during Apple's earnings call on Thursday, referring to it as a "fairly compromised, confusing product".

"I haven't personally played with a Surface yet," Tim Cook said in response to a question about the Surface and the competitive landscape in the tablet market overall.

"What we're reading about it is that it's a fairly compromised, confusing product."

Cook went on to suggest that Microsoft and other competitors have failed to make the "hard trade offs" in their tablets that are necessary to make a successful product.

"I could design a car that flies and floats, but I don't think it would do all those things really well," he said.

Cook's remarks were reminiscent of another statement he made earlier this year about why it's a bad idea to try to make a tablet/laptop hybrid.

"You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator," he said in April, "but those things are probably not going to be pleasing to the user."

Mashable is the largest independent news source covering digital culture, social media and technology.

Ad Feedback

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content