In a recent post discussing the whole Apple x Google mess due to their Maps, John Gruber made an interesting remark when talking about how Apple denied to give Google more access to the iOPS and users infos:
“Apple not wanting to grant such access to Google is easy to understand as well. For one thing, Apple sincerely values the privacy of its users more than Google does.”
This got me thinking about the recent interviews given by both Tim Cook and Eric Schmidt. Tim Cook sustains the everlasting Apple position:
“the DNA of the company, the thing that makes our heart beat, is a maniacal focus on making the best products in the world. Not good products, or a lot of products, but the absolute best products in the world. In creating these great products we focus on enriching people’s lives—a higher cause for the product.”
Meanwhile, regarding how Google cedes revenue to hardware partners due to Android being a free open system, Eric Schmidt says:
“We’re winning that war pretty clearly now. (…) The core strategy is to make a bigger pie. We will end up with a not perfectly controlled and not perfectly managed bigger pie by virtue of open systems.”
So while Apple’s boss takes on every single oportunity to transmit the message that his company focuses on striving for perfection and developing products that will change people’s lives, Google’s boss makes sure to get the message across that he sees the development and adoption of his products as nothing short of a war, and he won’t let a small detail like controlling every aspect of the final product get in his way.
Don’t be evil was a long time ago. Priorities…