Thorsten Heins

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is not a fan of tablets.

Heins questioned the need for the mobile devices in an interview with Bloomberg conducted on Monday.

"In five years I don't think there'll be a reason to have a tablet anymore," he said to Bloomberg.

Those are bold words for BlackBerry, which of course has had a checkered history with its sole attempt at a tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook. The PlayBook was a massive flop when it debuted without core BlackBerry e-mail and messaging apps, and is now considered more of a bargain-bin item.

Even if we don’t remember Thorsten Heins ever taking swings at the competition, as other smartphone manufacturer execs do nowadays, you can always count on BlackBerry’s CEO to reveal interesting things in his talks with the media. Most recently, Heins has spilled the beans on Z10 and Q10’s follow-ups, saying there will probably be four

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins thinks it's about time Apple starts innovating again.

Speaking to the Australian Financial Review in an interview published today, Heins acknowledged that Apple "did a fantastic job in bringing touch devices to market [and] they did a fantastic job with the user interface," but he thinks the company might have become too complacent.

"History repeats itself again I guess ... 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," Heins told AFR.

Over the two years it's been working on BlackBerry 10, the company formerly known as RIM has been transforming itself.

BlackBerry has changed from being one of the most secretive technology companies, working to its own rhythm, to one that behaves more like a start-up, sharing its roadmap with developers and even dishing out thousands of free tablets and smartphones.

BlackBerry 10 - and the Z10 and Q10 handsets that run the OS - are vital to the future of BlackBerry, which has seen its market share consistently eroded thanks to the success

The week belonged to BlackBerry. New operating system, new phones, maybe even a shot at turning things around. But perhaps the most surprising twist at the company's big Wednesday launch was the appearance by Alicia Keys. The Grammy award-winning pop star wasn't there to simply vouch for the trendiness of the new devices. She is now the struggling company's global creative director.

The appropriate response is probably 'WTF.' Actually, it's a match that makes about as much sense as, say, Lady Gaga teaming up with Polaroid or Jessica Alba hawking Windows Phone.

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