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Apple Reports First-Ever $20 Billion Quarter, Jobs Makes Surprise Appearance

Right after Apple reported its first-ever $20 billion quarter, CEO Steve Jobs shocked everyone by making a surprise appearance on the company's earnings call. Jobs fielded questions from analysts and give his candid thoughts on Apple's competition in the smartphone and table market.

 

Jobs gave a lot of insight as to how Apple views its business and the technology market overall. He lead with a prepared statement summarizing the company's views on Google and Research in Motion (RIM-Blackberry). He recognized the competition Google brings with the Android, but stated that Apple still activates more devices daily than Android does.

 

Jobs also recognized that Google often refers to themselves as the open platform while Apple is closed. Jobs didn't deny the truth in this, but stated that this "open" philosophy doesn't always equate success.

 

Jobs commented on this vision of Apple versus everyone else, illustrating how Apple's approach as a software-driven company makes them different from their competitors, who are mostly hardware-driven. This makes Apple's focus about making quality products at competitive prices.

 

The call didn't give any clues as to what Apple is going to announce on Wednesday. What do you think? Is Google a more worthy competitor than Apple?

 

 

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