BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins Criticizes Apple’s Rate Of Innovation

Posted Mar 18, 2013

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins was interviewed in the Australian Financial Review about his thoughts on Apple.  Heins criticized the iPhone’s lack of multi-tasking abilities compared to the BlackBerry Z10.

When Heins gave credit to Apple about bringing touch devices to the market.  “Apple did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market…. They did a fantastic job with the user interface; they are a design icon. There is a reason why they were so successful, and we actually have to admit this and respect that,” said Heins.

However Heins said that Apple is now lacking in innovation standards today.  He said that the user interface on the iPhone is outdated.  “History repeats itself again, I guess…. The rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don?t innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly. The user interface on the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about, is now five years old,” he added.