Martin Fichter, president of HTC, claims that Apple’s iPhone is not ‘cool’ anymore because it was being used by older people.
Speaking at the Mobile Future Forward conference in Seattle, Fichter made many comments about Apple’s iPhone and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 - a platform which his company supports - Google and the on-going patent war.
When it came to Apple, Fitcher said that although the company was innovating just as Samsung and HTC were innovating, its iPhone device had lost its appeal to the younger generation as it was now being used by older people.
“I brought my daughter back to college — she's down in Portland at Reed — and I talked to a few of the kids on her floor. And none of them has an iPhone because they told me: 'My dad has an iPhone,” he said.
“There's an interesting thing that's going on in the market. The iPhone becomes a little less cool than it was. They were carrying HTCs. They were carrying Samsungs. They were even carrying some Chinese manufacturer's devices,” he added, claiming that while Apple’s MacBook Air was cool at campus, the iPhone was not.