France Telecom-Orange CEO Stephane Richard during a dinner with reporters in Barcelona said that Apple has become more flexible, probably a little less arrogant and easier to deal with under Tim Cook than co-founder Steve Jobs.
“Apple has (become) more flexible, paying more attention to everyone else, probably a little less arrogant than they used to be,” France Telecom-Orange CEO Stephane Richard said during a dinner with reporters in Barcelona on Monday. Characterizing today’s Apple with the same company under Steve Jobs, Richard said, “I think they are probably a little more under pressure, and it is quite nice.”
He felt that though carriers were rooting for Mozilla, Microsoft, BlackBerry and mobile Linux to compete with iPhone and Android, there wasn’t enough room in the market for so many competitors, but hoped that at least one of them would emerge as a third ecosystem.
He also said that Microsoft’s Windows Phone had an uphill battle against iOS and Android as the hardware lacked the “wow” factor.
“The Nokia family in my opinion is nice, but there is no ‘wow’ effect,” Richard said. “When you have a market with very steady players like Apple and Samsung, you need to have a ‘wow’ effect.”