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BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins believes that the "rapidly advancing global smartphone market" is detrimental to Apple and the fate of the iPhone.
Heins noted that the launch of the Samsung S4 last week and other recent smartphones has taken the lead that Apple used to hold in the smartphone market according to an article in the Australian Financial Review.
“Apple did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market ... They did a fantastic job with the user interface, they are a design icon. There is a reason why they were so successful, and we actually have to admit this and respect that," Heins said.
Heins, however, also noted that the iPhone's user interface is five years old and that the rate of innovation is so high in the industry that you can be replaced if you fall behind. He also says that with Samsung, HTC and Nokia introducing new smartphones others have also questioned if Apple needs to pick up the pace with releasing new iPhones.
“The point is that you can never stand still. It is true for us as well. Launching BB10 just put us on the starting grid of the wider mobile computing grand prix, and now we need to win it," Heins said.