Josh Ong reporting:
In the letter, Schmidt backpedaled from a previous statement in September 2010 where he had denied that Apple and Facebook were a “competitive threat.”
“My statement was clearly wrong,” he said. “Apple’s Siri is a significant development—a voice-activated means of accessing answers through iPhones that demonstrates the innovations in search.”
What’s interesting about this is not that Schmidt is saying it, it why Schmidt is saying this. He is saying this to help Google not have anti-trust regulations slapped on them. He is saying this to make Google look a bit less anti-competitive and bit more like a company struggling to keep pace.