There was plenty to talk about during last week's PhoneDog Live, Episode 36. In fact, there was so much to talk about that we couldn't get to all of it. We started off the show by discussing Apple's mind-boggling first quarter numbers from 2012, which were actually the numbers from the last few months of 2011. Apple finished the year with nearly $98 billion. Yes, that's "billion" with a "b". The iPhone alone earned the company $24 billion in revenue. Again, that's "billion", not "million". Apple's massive quarter gave the company the lead in the smartphone race for the final quarter of the year; however, Samsung still owns that title once all four quarters of 2011 are taken into consideration.
Our next topics were centered around a few CEO shifts, starting with RIM. Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie have stepped down as Co-CEOs of the company and in has stepped Thorsten Heins who is already the recipient of negative press for supposedly saying that RIM didn't need to make a lot of changes as a company. This, of course, got people all riled up since it's pretty obvious to everyone that a lot of change needs to take place. Heins got a chance to clarify his statement. We discussed this as well as the future of RIM during the show. Another CEO, or former CEO I should say, that left the show was Jon Rubenstein, previously of Palm. This one was a little bit of a surprise but not too much of one once the past year was considered. Palm and webOS have had a rough go of it and Jon says he's 'taking a much needed vacation'. We rounded out the show with an interesting discussion of whether or not jailbreaking should be illegal and HTC's plans to release fewer devices in 2012. We finished up with an open Q&A.