Here is some news for Apple devotees: Apple's iPhone is outdated. This is what the chief executive officer of BlackBerry, Thorsten Heins, claimed on the eve of the much-delayed launch of the new touchscreen BlackBerry in the United States on Friday.
American telecommunications company AT&T started selling the Z10 touchscreen BlackBerry on Friday, more than six weeks after the company launched the devices elsewhere.
While addressing the media, Heins said that a new keyoard version of the BlackBerry, called Q10, will not be released in the US for the next two to three months.
The BlackBerry CEO also claimed that lack of innovation at Apple has left iPhone's user interface outdated. He also pointed out that the iPhone did not allow multitasking like the latest BlackBerry Z10.
BlackBerry's new software allows users to have multiple applications open like on a desktop, he said, noting that with BlackBerry you don't have to close an application to check an email.
The latest comment against Apple by the BlackBerry CEO seems a bit rich as the brand is attempting a comeback with the touchscreen and keyboard models, after it lost its market hold to Apple's iPhone in 2007.
Not soon after the comment, Blackberry CEO was one of the trending topics on Twitter as Apple loyalists flooded the micro-blogging site with sarcastic tweets...
@tinucherian: RT @newslaundry: Blackberry CEO says Apple is 5 years behind rivals. Damn auto-correct, he meant - ahead, not behind.
@ShehlaRashid: The only claim to fame of BlackBerry CEO is his ridiculous statement on iPhone. Does anyone know his name? PS: I'm *not* an iPhone fan.
@madversity: I am surprised the BlackBerry CEO's remarks didnt make it to #Top10Lies
@MalluJat: @madversity BlackBerry CRO is outdated.
A recent survey had claimed that Apple is perceived as less 'inspiring' than it was three years ago.
According to the BBC, analysts fear Apple may have lost its way since its visionary co-founder, Steve Jobs, died in October 2011.