Apple iPhone is outdated, says BlackBerry boss

Apple iPhone is outdated, says BlackBerry boss

The chief executive of BlackBerry Thorsten Heins has claimed that the firm's main rival, Apple, is producing smartphones that are outdated.

Speaking ahead of the launch of the new BlackBerry Z10 in the US, he said that the Cupertino firm is in danger of being replaced at the top of the market if it does not begin to innovate.

He did praise Apple's initial work with its iPhone, which transformed the market rapidly when it was released, with business users embracing the technology for enterprise purposes.

"They did a fantastic job with the user interface, they were a design icon. There is a reason why they were so successful, and we actually have to admit and respect that," he explained.

However, Mr Heins believes that the US smartphone maker has been sitting on its laurels and is now falling behind other companies in terms of the development of its stable of products.

"The rate of innovation is so high in our industry that if you don't innovate at that speed you can be replaced pretty quickly," he said. "The user interface of the iPhone, with all due respect for what this invention was all about, is now five years old.

"It is a sequential way to work and that's not what people want today anymore. They want multitasking," he added, indicating just how tailored the devices are to the business market.

His views have been backed up by John Sculley, a former chief executive at Apple, who claimed the company is experiencing a "lull of innovation".

BlackBerry has been through a host of changes and development in recent months, which included the launch of its new BlackBerry 10 operating system, the unveiling of the touch-screen Z10 and Q10, the latter of which features a physical keypad.

To top it all off, the company changed its name from Research in Motion to BlackBerry, which it found was what the brand was known as by many users around the world.