Netgear 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.