Apple chief executive Steve Jobs had harsh words for his company's mobile rivals as Apple announced record financial figures.
Jobs outlined the advantages he felt his company held over the likes of Research in Motion (RIM) and Google during a conference call on Monday.
Jobs stated that Apple had sold 14.1 million iPhone handsets during its most recent financial quarter, surpassing RIM's 12.1 million units.
"We have now passed RIM, and I don't see them catching up with us in the foreseeable future," he said. "I think it is going to be a challenge for them to create a competitive platform."
RIM did not return a request for comment on the remarks.
Jobs also had harsh words for Google and its Android platform, which has sought to present itself as an open operating system that can be used across multiple vendors and devices.
The Apple chief bristled at the notion that Android provides a standardised platform for smartphones, suggesting instead that the operating system allows handset vendors to create fragmented devices which are often incompatible with one another.
"In reality we think the open versus closed argument is a smokescreen to hide the real issue," said Jobs. "We think Android is very fragmented and becoming more fragmented by the day."
Jobs also revealed that Apple sold 4.2 million iPads over the quarter. Although this was lower than analysts expected, the Apple chief still dismissed the early challengers for the device.
In particular, Jobs singled out 7in tablet models, saying Apple eschewed this form factor largely because such devices are unable to provide the portability of a smartphone or the touch-screen interface of a 10in model such as the iPad.
The Apple chief went so far as to suggest that 7in tablets should be bundled with sandpaper to allow users to "file down their fingers".
"This size isn't sufficient to create great tablet apps in our opinion," said Jobs. "Their manufacturers will learn the painful lesson that their tablets are too small and increase the tablet size next year, therefore leaving developers and users with an orphaned product."
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