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Apple sour on PC tablet convergence

Alex Scroxton

Tim Cook has dismissed the idea that Apple may look to converge its iPad and MacBook lines in the future, and said that while other endpoint hardware vendors may try to go down that route, it would likely be "from a defensive point of view."

"Products are about trade-offs, and you begin to make trade-offs to the point where what you have left at the end of the day doesn't please anyone," the CEO told analysts on Apple's quarterly conference call Tuesday evening.

"You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator but [that is] probably not going to be pleasing to the user," said Cook.

Cook explained that to meld together the various lines would mean unacceptable levels of compromise that would turn off more people than it turned on: "We're not going to that party," he added.

Though sales slipped sequentially during the March quarter, Apple turned in its now customary blow-out growth figures, with sales up 59% year-on-year to $39.2bn (£24.3bn) while net profit soard 94% on the year-ago quarter, coming in at $11.6bn.

Apple said it had sold 35.1 million iPhones between 1 January and 31 March, and 11.8 million iPads. Mac PC shipments were also up at 4 million, and iPod shipments declines to 7.7 million.

Conference call transcript courtesy: SeekingAlpha


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