Feeds

Zuckerberg: the iPad 'is not mobile'

Next question...bitch

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says the Apple iPad "is not mobile."

Today, at Facebook HQ, as the company unveiled a handful of new mobile tools for developers and other partners, Zuckerberg was asked when the company would finally produce an iPad app. "So, the iPad has been out for a while. And this is a mobile event. Are you building an iPad app, and if so, when is it going to be in our hands?" his questioner said.

"The iPad is not mobile," Zuckerberg answered. "Next question. "

His audience responded with the sort of loud noise an audience responds with when someone suddenly insults someone else.

"It's not mobile," he said, with more than a little incredulity. "It's a computer."

"I think Apple would disagree with you," his questioner said.

"Oh, sorry," Zuckerberg, with more than a little sarcasm.

Cue laughter and a little applause.

But as Facebook mobile vp Erick Tseng took Zuckerberg's microphone, the CEO clearly regretted his brief iPad exchange. He turned the sort of color someone turns when they suddenly regret insulting someone else.

"I'm just going to add-on to that," Tseng said, as the room guffawed again.

He added that at the moment, there are two ways to access Facebook from your iPad: www.facebook.com and touch.facebook.com, its touch-friendly website for, well, smartphones. "The bigger concern is actually this: it's not just about iPad. It's about a new class of devices, something with a 10-inch display and a tablet form factor. So there's a bigger question at hand: how do we tap into this new category? It's just a matter of time before we start seeing similar things coming from Android and potentially other platforms.

"So there's a broad question of how do we scale for a tablet form factor, in a way that doesn't lock us into one platform."

Zuckerberg — still a very dark shade of red — then took the microphone back. "I didn't mean to be rude towards Apple," he said. "We all love Apple products here, and we want to work with them and all that. I just want to keep the event focused on what we're doing today. The iPad is not a mobile platform in the same way a phone is."

OK. But it's good to know that Mark Zuckerberg is still Mark Zuckerberg. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained
They just cannae do it in time, says analyst
Slap my Imp up: Bullfrog's Dungeon Keeper
Monsters need to earn a living too
Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK
Is EMBIGGENED Apple mobile REALLY that popular?
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?
Plus: 'NostrilTime' wristjob vid action
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.