RIM predicts Apple distortion field will soon break down

RIM has responded to Apple's "record sales" announcement - news of which Pocket-lint brought you recently - by suggesting that Apple is only telling consumers "half a story".

Rim co-CEO, Jim Balsillie, has posted the response on Rim's official BlackBerry blog suggesting that the figures touted by Apple which stated that, "iPhone sales of 14.1 million were up 91 percent year-over-year, handily beating the 12.1 million phones RIM sold in their most recent quarter" were skewed.

He says: "Apple’s preference to compare its September-ending quarter with RIM’s August-ending quarter doesn’t tell the whole story because it doesn’t take into account that industry demand in September is typically stronger than summer months, nor does it explain why Apple only shipped 8.4 million devices in its prior quarter and whether Apple’s Q4 results were padded by unfulfilled Q3 customer demand and channel orders".

There is also a mention in the RIM statement of Apple's "distortion field", an idea that fans of the Cupertino company are blinded by a mixture of Steve Jobs' charisma and Apple's clever marketing, thereby inducing an irrational devotion to the company.

Jim Balsillie continues: "As usual, whether the subject is antennas, Flash or shipments, there is more to the story and sooner or later, even people inside the distortion field will begin to resent being told half a story".

The RIM co-CEO also brings up the topic of 7-inch tablets and Flash support in the post, clearly with reference to its up-coming PlayBook, putting forward the belief that both technologies will "be a big portion of the market", and suggesting that customers will begin to get tired of being told what to think by Apple.

Balsillie's response comes hot on the heels of Andy Rubin's Twitter message - a reaction to Steve Jobs' comments regarding the Google Android OS.

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