Apple's Tim Cook talks about Google and Motorola, larger iPhone screens, "crappy" Android tablet experience and more

Apple's Tim Cook talks about Google and Motorola, larger iPhone screens,
Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO in the post-Jobs era, talked about a lot of things with the Wall Street Journal yesterday - beyond what we already reported earlier, when we mentioned that Apple's planning to introduce a new category of products

In a lengthy interview published by the WSJ today, Tim Cook was asked - among other things - about his thoughts on the Google-Motorola affair (as you’ve probably already heard, Google is selling Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for almost $3 billion).

Reportedly, the move seemed “like a logical transaction” to Cook, as Google wasn’t really committed to Motorola. The Apple chief went on to say that it’s difficult for a company to “do hardware, software and services and to link all those things together”, and that’s why Google decided to get rid of Motorola.

Motorola and Google aside, Tim Cook was reminded that consumers seem to want iPhones with larger screens. He responded by saying that Apple won’t “cross that line” unless “the technology is ready.” He mentioned that a great screen isn’t just about its size, but also about clarity, resolution, contrast, and reliability (but we already knew all this, isn’t it?). Cook didn’t say if Apple’s ready for bigger smartphone displays this year - but rumors have it that the company could introduce two new iPhones, both with screens larger than 4.5 inches, before the end of 2014.

Another subject that the WSJ interview touched was tablets. Tim Cook praised the over 500,000 apps optimized for iPad, while arguing that Android tablets offer a “crappy” experience, one of the reasons for this being that apps made for them are mere stretched out smartphone apps.

You can read the full interview with Tim Cook at the source link below.

source: The Wall Street Journal / Digits

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70 Comments

1. 1113douglas

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 04, 2013

just face it. android is to good for you..stop trying to make it your own

25. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

you stole my pic dude......

26. Rocksteady unregistered

Should've patended it, apple's way of getting stuff done :-p

45. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

but then again im apple4never so you know, lmao

58. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I don't get Mr Cooks lame answer on why apple dont produce large screened iphones, because "the technology isn't ready"? come on. Anyone who owns a large screen high end HTC/Samsung/LG etc would disagree on you with that one Mr Cook.

67. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Cook is a douche...end of story! Crappy android tablet experience? I have an ipad mini and i rarely use it and after ios7 update i just dont understand the love affair with gestures...how many am I supposed to remember? What was once intuitive is now just douchey! And I am on my Note 3 (yes its a Samsung but am not a fanboy) which is pretty cool...the option button lists down the options which to me seems more intuitive Cook-poo

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, at least he kept it civil about the Googlerola sale. Screw him on the tablet comments though.

7. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

lol u mad bro

10. tedkord

Posts: 17289; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sounds more like Cook is mad - that tablets are following the same trajectory that smartphones did, only faster.

18. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

I wouldn't go as far as saying tablets are following phones' trajectory. See, the case with tablets right now is a dodgy situation, I say this because when I get recommendations on android tablets it's either nexus 7/10, lg gpad or some other weird name. This comes to show that maybe there really is no real player in the android tablet space, to the point where a tablet goes toe to toe with an ipad. This could be the reason why devs don't feel the push to optimize their apps for tablets

22. tedkord

Posts: 17289; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Regardless of the names of tablets, Android is overtaking the market much more quickly than it did with phones.

69. puckhead

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

They don't have a real player? The main reason the iPad mini exists is because of the success of the Nexus 7. I am not going to sit here and say one is better than the other- Android or iOS. They both have their pros and cons. Android is way more open and is more affordable than iOS. As I commented earlier, a 32GB Nexus 7 is $279. A 32GB iPad mini is $500 Thats practically 2 for 1. And don't try to tell me N7 is crap compared to iPad mini, its not

19. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

31. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I think you failed to understand the meaning of could and speculation.

48. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Yeah!!!! And, the only CRAPPY thing about this is Tim Cook's face with my crap all over it!!

9. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

"...it’s difficult for a company to “do hardware, software and services and to link all those things together.”..." Was he saying only Apple can pull that off or Google lacks the capability? Seemed like a well disguised cheap shot.

11. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

**Shock as CEO defends his company's working principles and criticizes competing products**

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

We have heard all the trash talk from all the major brands CEO except the ones from Google. Maybe Google has indeed fallen behind!

46. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Wow, what a great way to show that Google is the best company in the world!

61. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

google dont care,

65. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

Like they usually say, the trash talk comes from the gutter. There's no reason for Google to trash talk now just like apple used to never trash talk. They let the product speak for themselves. Apple is feelin the heat.

21. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I just wrote what you did, and didn't realized... Completely Agree with your comment... exactly the way I understood it.

40. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well he's right, it is hard, why do you think that Apple has fallen so far behind in the industry. He was just being humble and doesn't want to have Google make the game mistake.

20. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

He did, but he masked his comments into basically saying that Google can't offer Hardware, Software and Service at the same time like Apple DO... So is a polite way of saying Apple is better than Google... (In Cook's eyes)

43. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

Google doesn't need to make hardware although they're intimately involved with the Nexus line. There are tons of manufacturers making Android devices and I don't think they want to alienate any of them especially Samsung. That's why I think they took a hands off approach with Motorola and ultimately sold them.

29. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Especially since he obviously doesnt know what he's talking about. Fragments was put in by Google, the Android team to have it where 1 app can scale, have different features based on screen size, resolution, etc. There is really no need for a tablet apps section in the Play Store unless a dev specifically makes a tablet only app. Thats a lil more than stretched out smartphone apps.

41. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

He's just an idiot, he's using taking points because that is all they have. They started with app quality then they went on fragmentation and then tablet optimized and stretched apps. He's not a developer in the least and even if he is he doesn't know about Android development. You don't make a whole new app in Android for tablets, the same app can hold the tablet layouts and graphics. It's the advantage of having a powerful and dynamic OS. Sadly all the iClowns will now parrot this mindless crap.

70. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I have Nexus 7, and yes it does suck.

3. XperiaOptimusOne unregistered

Cook seems to be living under a rock when it comes to innovation.

4. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I disagree with tablets. Ok, there are dozens of crappy Android tablets, but Galaxy Note and Pro models, Nexus 7, LG Gpad, Nexus 10, Sony Xperia Tablet Z etc. offer really good competition to iPads. App store on Android tablets, well it's not yet there with iPad, but I own Nexus 7 and I really don't have much to complain, though I'm not sure about big tablet owners (I've heard some Nexus 10 owners complaining about lack of apps, though that was some time ago). Android tablets offer different experience, not necessarily crappy.

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