Last week, Apple held an informal town-hall style meeting where company employees engaged in a Q&A session with CEO Steve Jobs. Wired, citing an anonymous person who was there, yet not authorized to speak publicly on the matter, writes that Jobs addressed a bevy of issues, including Apple’s stance on flash, the next-gen iPhone, and Apple’s relationship with Google.
When asked about Google, Jobs reportedly went into rant mode and declared that Apple didn’t enter the search business, but that Google entered the phone business. (We didn’t land on plymouth rock, plymouth rock landed on us!) “Make no mistake about it,” Jobs stated, “they want to kill the iPhone. We won’t let them.” Jobs finished his Google discussion with a pointed jab that left the room rolling: “This don’t be evil mantra – it’s bullshit!”
Man, how much would you pay to attend one of these meetings?
Next, addressing Adobe and the obvious lack of Flash support on the iPad and iPhone, Jobs articulated that Flash is buggy and is, more often than not, responsible for system crashes on the Mac. Moreover, Jobs stated that Adobe is lazy and refuses to do anything interesting, despite an abundance of potential to do so. Jobs then reiterated Apple’s stance that Flash is dying and that HTML 5 is the future.
In a more detailed account of the meeting relayed to MacRumors, Jobs reportedly stated that Apple will “deliver aggressive updates to the iPhone that Android/Google won’t be able to keep up with.” Jobs also lumped the iPad in with the Mac and the iPhone as one of the more important product launches he’s been a part of. This seems to corroborate a report that floated around a day or 2 before the iPad announcement which had Jobs telling friends that the iPad is the most important thing he’s ever done.
Jobs also discussed Apple’s upcoming product roadmap, stating that the next-gen iPhone will be an “A+ update” and that the next installment of 2010 Macs will “take Apple to the next level.” In regards to Apple’s acquisition of the streaming music site LaLa, Jobs confirmed speculative reports that the purchase was made to incorporate LaLa’s engineers into the iTunes team. And finally, if any of you out there are holding out for Blu-Ray support on the Mac, you might want to buckle up and prepare for a long winter. Jobs reportedly stated that “Blu-Ray software is a mess”, and that Apple won’t begin to take it seriously into actual Blu-Ray sales see some serious improvements. Jobs, in the past, famously declared that Blu-Ray licensing was a big bag of hurt, and though the process has gotten easier in the past few months, Apple doesn’t appear willing to hitch its wagon to the Blu-Ray train just yet.ad