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The fightback begins

Yesterday Steve Jobs decided to take a swing at Apple's competitors yesterday, denouncing their products as puny little upstarts compared to his all-conquering iPhone and iPad behemoths. Unsurprisingly his comments have drawn responses from the tech world, including this frankly cryptic one from Android.

However, the most stinging rebuke has come from RIM’s co-CEO, Jim Balsille, who went to the BlackBerry blog in order to stand up for the 7in tablets that Jobs was so keen to mock, and pour scorn on his use of figures (he used September-ending quarter figures for Apple, and August-ending quarter figures for RIM), which he claims don’t ‘tell the whole story because it doesn’t take into account that industry demand in September is typically stronger than summer months.’

‘For those of us who live outside of Apple’s distortion field, we know that 7in tablets will actually be a big portion of the market and we know that Adobe Flash actually matters to customers who want a real web experience,’ he said.

‘Apple’s attempt to control the ecosystem and maintain a closed platform may be good for Apple (but) developers want more options and customers want to fully access the overwhelming majority of web sites that use Flash. We think many customers are getting tired of being told what to think by Apple.

‘RIM has achieved record shipments for five consecutive quarters and recently shared guidance of 13.8 – 14.4 million BlackBerry smartphones for the current quarter.’ Eat that, Jobs.

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