We're still waiting for an official response from Google to Steve Jobs' comments about Android and openness during Apple's financial results call this week, but the tirade appears to have driven Android creator Andy Rubin to Twitter. His first tweet, meanwhile, is a challenge on openness, flagging up how easily would-be Android developers can access the core OS.
Apple's solid financial performance for the past quarter got them headlines enough, but it's CEO Steve Jobs' no-holds-barred attack on rival "open" platforms and tablets trying to colonise the middle-ground between iPhone and iPad that will likely stick in most memories. Making an unusual appearance on the financial results call, Jobs dismissed 7-inch slates - like Samsung's Galaxy Tab and including the ongoing rumors of a smaller iPad version - as "tweeners" falling in-between smartphone and iPad and likely to be dead on arrival, while also saving a few obituary words for RIM.
Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley - the man who first worked alongside Steve Jobs and then replaced him - has spoken out for the first time since leaving the company in 1993 about Jobs and the secrets of his success. Talking to Cult of Mac, Sculley outlines the main areas you'd probably think Jobs was obsessive over - elevating product design, driving for perfectionism and prioritizing the customer experiences - all illustrated with examples of how the notoriously controlling CEO manages those areas.
Has Steve Jobs' "control freak" ways cost Apple a $10m iAd contract with Adidas? That's the rumor out of Silicon Alley Insider, citing two "mobile industry executives" who reckon the sportswear manufacturer pulled their campaign after Apple rejected their advertising concepts for a third time.
We've learnt to be pretty skeptical about emails purported to be from Steve Jobs, but the prospect of an imminent fix for iPhone 3G owners with slow, glitchy and downright frustrating handsets after updating to iOS 4 is too good to be true. Having heard that Apple were investigating the reports, a Mac Rumors reader emailed the CEO to ask if an official downgrade option was really in the works; according to Jobs' reply, there's a "software update coming soon."
Lenovo chairman Liu Chuanzhi has described Steve Jobs as "a big pearl", and said that his company is "lucky that Steve Jobs has such a bad temper and doesn’t care about China. If Apple were to spend the same effort on the Chinese consumer as we do, we would be in trouble." Apple products have the same halo effect in the Chinese market as elsewhere, but limited official availability has so-far minimized the impact smartphones like the iPhone 4 have had on rival devices. That limitation has given Lenovo a pass on their limited app selection, Chuanzhi said.
Apple PR's Steve Downling has denied to Fortune that yesterday's supposed email exchange between an irate customer and CEO Steve Jobs is authentic. The conversation - in which Jobs was alleged to have told the iPhone 4 owner that Apple was "working" on a fix for the persistent antenna issue many users have reported - is now the subject of some controversy, with BGR (who initially reported the issue) posting screenshots of the email headers they were sent by their tipster.
Of all the things you might expect Steve Jobs to say about the iPhone 4, "It is just a phone. Not worth it" probably isn't the first thing that would come to mind. As the Apple CEO continues to respond to increasingly irate iPhone 4 owners, frustrated by their antenna experiences, his counter-arguments are getting more and more blunt. After posting a demo of the iPhone 4 reception problem on YouTube, being subsequently contacted by Apple, and then taking things up with Jobs and an Apple engineer directly, a BGR reader was supposedly told by the outspoken exec that he should "calm down" after "getting all worked up over a few days of rumors."
Updated: Apple PR say this email exchange is a hoax; more here.
While the new Mac mini may have brought the HDMI output many were clamouring for, its position as the HTPC of choice was slightly undermined by the continued absence of a Blu-ray drive. According to the latest email exchange with Steve Jobs, we shouldn't hold our breath for any Blu-ray on an Apple machine; a MacRumors reader asked the CEO about the optical drive's absence, only to be told by Jobs that "Bluray is looking more and more like one of the high end audio formats that appeared as the successor to the CD - like it will be beaten by Internet downloadable formats."
The new iPhone 4 might be making waves but Steve Jobs hasn't given himself a day off to celebrate. Instead he's been catching up with his email correspondence again, sending out the usual terse replies to the Apple faithful (or at least curious). Unsurprisingly it's the new smartphone that has been on most peoples' minds; Jonathan Cowperthwait wondered how users are meant to put people on hold now that the in-call button has been replaced by the FaceTime icon, only to be told by Jobs that in fact the hold button "doesn't do anything more than Mute."