Lo blow: Netgear boss claims Steve Jobs is holding Apple back

Lo blow: Netgear boss claims Steve Jobs is holding Apple backNetgear boss Patrick Lo claims Apple will abandon its ringfenced approach to the Apple ecosystem as soon as Steve Jobs departs the scene for good, and will be better off for it.

Speaking at a press conference in Australia, Lo claimed it was Jobs' single-minded approach that had made Apple such a closed platform. But with the Apple boss currently on medical leave of absence for the second time in three years, Lo believes the time is coming for some harsh decisions to be made.

However, the exact words he chose must have had the company's PR bods wincing.

“Once Steve Jobs goes away, which is probably not far away, then Apple probably would have to make a very strategic decision to open up their platform,” the Sydney Morning Herald quotes Lo as saying.

Of course, “goes away” could have any number of meanings, but under the circumstances it hasn't taken long for the comments to be interpreted as an indirect death wish – or even to be quoted directly as such.

It probably didn't help that Lo also laid into Jobs over Apple's inability to come to an agreement with Adobe over providing iOS devices with Flash compatibility. “What's the reason for him to trash Flash? There's no reason other than ego,” Lo apparently said.

And his problem clearly isn't with Apple as a company.

“I personally think that if they open up their platform and let more people jump on it, they're going to dominate.”

But just in case you thought it was just an unreasoning obsession with Apple and Steve Jobs that motivated Lo, he also had time for some harsh words for Microsoft and Windows Phone 7's chances of competing with iOS and Android.

“Microsoft is over – game over, from my point of view,” be remarked.

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2011/01/netgears-ceo-thinks-apple-will-need-to-open-up-to-survive-after-steve-jobs/

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 31, 2011 at 13:11

The part about Flash aside, Lo makes some sense. Not wishing Jobs any ill, but his ego can get in the way. Last year's 'antennagate' caused completely unnecessary waves. Sure, they should have solved the issue before the launch of the iPhone 4, but Jobs just kept pouring oil into the media fire - blame this, that and the other... Not to start a renewed antenna debate, but his attitude then did make me wonder how decisions are made in Apple? What chance do his 'minions' have to constructively criticise etc etc...
But then again: as outsiders we only read about certain things, and Mr Lo would probably like to see some more variety ;)

As to Flash: as much as Flash makes browsing a more entertaining experience, it does have its security 'issues', and I know plenty of Apple-haters who actually agree with Jobs re Adobe's Flash... Having said that, the appstore is not without its own security holes, but all too often we all say, 'sure, I'll sign for that lovely wooden horse' ;)

Admin  Jan. 31, 2011 at 14:59

Feels like a repeat of Gil Amelio and the clones.

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