Apple Says No iPhone Nano, Army Of Shiny Ninjas Ready To Defend iPhone Patents
Apple hosted their quarterly earnings conference call for Q1 of 2009, during which Apple COO (and current stand-in for CEO Steve Jobs) answered a lot of questions people have had about the iPhone and Apple’s direction with the current state of the economy and Jobs not currently at the reigns. During the call they touched on topics including the possibility of a lower-cost iPhone, their move to get the iPhone at Walmart, and their stance on protecting their intellectual property rights.
On the subject of a low-end iPhone, such as a 4GB model or the ever-popular myth of an “iPhone Nano”, Cook said that (as I expected), they have no plans to target the low-end cell phone market and they are not working on an iPhone Nano or any such device (so that’s enough about that, okay?). Said Tim Cook:
“We’re not going to play in the low-end voice phone business. That’s not who we are, that’s not why we’re here. Goal is not to lead unit sales, but to build the world’s best phone.”
On the subject of why they decided to offer the iPhone at Walmart, he said that their primary reason for doing so was because of their existing relationship offering the iPod combined with the fact that Walmart has retail locations in vastly more places than Apple and AT&T, letting them reach areas they don’t yet have access to.
Lastly, on the topic of the competition possibly infringing on their intellectual property (IP) rights, he said:
“I don’t want to talk about any specific company. We are ready to suit up and go against anyone. However, we will not stand for having our IP ripped off.”