Apple chief, Steve Jobs, appeared at the D8 conference last night and fielded some pointed questions about his company’s competition with both Adobe and Google.
Jobs made it clear that his company is only interested in producing the best products possible, not necessarily attack any of Apple’s competitors.
Adobe Flash is not a great product
Still Jobs pulled no punches when describing Apple’s decision to block Flash content from the iPhone and the iPad. “We don’t think Flash makes a great product, so we’re leaving it out,” he said.
“Instead, we’re going to focus on technologies that are in ascendancy. If we succeed, people will buy them and if we don’t they won’t.”
Considering the early popularity of the iPad, with over two million units sold in the two months since launch, it appears Apple did succeed, at least for now.
Google search stays on the iPhone, iPad
Google is arguably the more serious competitor for Apple when compared to Adobe, with their Android mobile OS gaining market share in the smart-phone space. Multiple Android-powered tablets are also in development from different vendors, hoping to attract sales from the iPad.
Apple has no plans to either drop Google from the iPhone and iPad, or develop their own search engine product, according to Jobs.
Of course, that might change if the former search-engine-only company opens a “Google Store” at Easton, next to the popularApple Store.
Make no mistake, Adobe is the outsider in this two-horse race for dominance in the mobile computing space. Despite brave attempts from HP and Microsoft to stay relevant, this appears to be Apple and Google’s fight.