BlackBerry CEO Heins: Apple iPhone UI is old, shows lack of innovation

BlackBerry CEO Heins: Apple iPhone UI is old, shows lack of innovation
Like the former 98 pound weakling who has buffed up and goes after the bully that had been kicking sand in his face, BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins attacked the Apple iPhone in an interview with the Australian Financial Review. The executive told the paper that last week's introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the recent introduction of other top-shelf models, has revealed that the Apple iPhone has lost much of the large lead it had in the smartphone market.

Pulling no punches, Heins said that the rate of innovation in the industry is so high that if you don't catch up, you can be replaced. And as if to make sure that his target was clear, he noted that iOS is over 5 years old. Pointing out that BlackBerry 10 offers users a better multi-tasking experience than iOS, Heins made it clear that if his company doesn't innovate, it too can find itself losing buyers. "Launching BB10 just put us on the starting grid of the wider mobile computing grand prix, and now we need to win it," said the CEO.


Turning to the BlackBerry Z10, Heins said that BlackBerry World will be stuffed with 100,000 apps by the time that the device launches in the U.S. He also said that negotiations are taking place with Instagram and Netflix to get both of them to develop an app for BlackBerry 10. Previously, both sites have said that they would not be offering BB10 apps, but Heins said, "We are working constantly on getting these important apps on board."

As far as BlackBerry Z10 is concerned, Heins said that he could not talk about sales because of the quiet period that precedes the company's quarterly report, but did add that BlackBerry has been pleasantly surprised with the number of BlackBerry Z10 buyers that came from other platforms.

source: FinancialReview

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40 Comments

1. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Respects to you, Mr. Heins. This couldn't be more true.

17. LonghornTech

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

You know iOS' UI is stale when you can pull out a 5 year old iPod touch and barely tell the difference. About time someone calls Apple out, wish consumers would realize the same thing.

23. loyals

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 10, 2012

lets hope they release new UI in next big update. then even 4 year old iphone4 will be having new UI then. thats one good thing about apple, givin timely updates !!

25. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Stale UI on an outdated app launcher... What OS? Instead of iOS, call it iAL.

31. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Best lines of this year. Kudos

37. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Right, this is coming from a company that has been losing market share for years and tried to produce their own iPhone killer that was DOA.

38. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I can't believe people are actually buying this.

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

HEAR HEAR!!!

27. tusshharish

Posts: 342; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

this is slap to apple's face.....

3. NicoX

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Aye that be true savvy?

4. myboyblu

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 18, 2013

Its funny to me that BlackBerry of all is saying anyone is lacking inovation. it has only taen them a couple of years to almost catch up. Good job on z10... but is it too little to late? 4.whatever little screen, 8MP camera (sooo last year), dual core processor...realy?!? Prime example of pot calling the kettle black.

26. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

its the only one phone os that has QNX as its kernel, also the correct ppi for a phone

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Mr Heins, you've earned our respect, you are the best!

6. henrickrw

Posts: 408; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

That's right Thorsten. Agreed

7. FireDragon

Posts: 117; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

The rate of True Innovation was pretty high before the iOS I very strongly belive. Apple with iOS stopped that and cause really greater damage over all just for sake of filling their bank accounts to over-load. Luckily the pace is setting back, although not as good as it could be if either Apple did something real to the industry than feeding sugar-coated products or if they let the real players take it up. I am very well aware of how many of the users will not like what I am writing but just because they don't know doesn't mean it is not there.

8. karim77

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Well.....can't say something anymore

9. zeropants

Posts: 41; Member since: May 31, 2012

It's true for the most part, they haven't done anything new for a while. However, I don't think the best source is the representative of a company that hadn't changed their fundamental device design for about a decade. I just used my upgrade on an iPhone 5 because I am not a fan of the growing screen sizes Android is pushing. If they could have put out a 4.3" phone with the specs and care of an HTC One or even the SIII it might have changed my mind. I just don't want a 5" screen in my pocket. Admittedly, they are superior hardware at least as far as the specs are concerned, and the HTC One is at least on par with the iPhone for build quality.

10. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Blackberry FINALLY gets with the times and now they feel like they can speak up about someone's UI being old.

11. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

For once I agree!!!!!

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Aint this a... even black berry ceo says ios is old & out dated. This guy is right too next too mr. woz

13. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

To Apple: Apply cold water to burnt area

15. kushki

Posts: 49; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

True. However BB10 UI is not unique at all.... Jolla/Meego, Android, WebOS all fuzed together makes BB10

24. Xtasy

Posts: 284; Member since: Jan 13, 2013

Which is the exact reason that makes it so unique lol including the intelligent UI that no OS has at the time

16. taikucing unregistered

lol... so true. Even Wozniak himself said that iPhone is behind on smartphone features.

18. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

I'd go with a different analogy than the 98lb weakling Alan. The situation is closer to an MVP athlete who lost focus and got himself injured. A second stringer gets put in and does remarkably well... has a winning season, wins the big game even. However, once the star athlete has recovered and refocused, he's going to want his spot back.

19. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Aaah now i see the real meaning of "There's iPhone (where iOS never updated) and there's everything else" (where everything's moving so fast that Apple doesn't even get time to plan anything ... last time they tried to speed up they goofed up -- in form of "Dangerous" Maps!!!)

20. archangel9

Posts: 233; Member since: Feb 07, 2010

SO TRUE!Apple is basically having their a$$e$ handed to them by Android and Samsung but true facts echo from BlackBerry and Mr.Heins.Coming from BB myself this couldn't more true but I respect the fact that Apple has 6 years ago redefined the smartphone movement with their UI TIL 2008 when the Google G1 and Android came on the scene. Because of Apple's arrogance,they felt it no need to change and Steve Jobs knows that. As for BB,the old guard refused to conform and BB was near extinction but now rescued by the new guard that will put them back in the game.

21. skullman

Posts: 20; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

haha...nice research BB CEO. you got the truth

22. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Cool so that means everyone in the entire world agrees and Apple needs to do something and fast but i have my doubts.This is so true.

28. jcpwn2004

Posts: 314; Member since: Jan 18, 2012

Apple's OS might be outdated, but blackberry's hardware is already very outdated as well.

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