RIM Boss Disses iPhone App Model


Oh, it's on like Donkey Kong ( don't sue us, Nintendo ). Jim Balsillie, head honcho over at Research In Motion (RIM) had plenty to say about Apple's smartphone business model during an on-stage interview at a Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, AFP reports .

"You don't need an app for the Web," Balsillie began. "We believe you can bring the mobile to the Web, but you don't need to go through some kind of control point."

The RIM chief was taking a shot at Apple's tight control over which apps end up the App Store at iTunes.

"It is really not about a set of proprietary rules or about appifying the Web," Balsillie said. "The Web needs a platform that allows you to use your existing Web content, not apps."

Balsillie pulled the Flash trump card during his interview, pointing out how even though there are tons of Flash videos on the Web, Apple's mobile phone can't play them.

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