Perhaps a touch-screen isn’t the way to go. The question Fiorina asks is, what if the iPhone had a keyboard?
“I asked an Apple engineer once, ‘Do have any women on your design team?’ At the time the answer was, ‘No,’ and I said, ‘I suggest you get some, because you might have more women users.’ ”
Meanwhile, shareholders are waiting to hear what will come of Wall Street’s advice. The BlackBerry maker plans to give a more detailed update next month.
Overall, Fiorina has doubts about RIM’s future. “I thinkRIM may be a story, all too common, where companies wait too long to make the big move into something new,” she said.
Assuming it is too late to turn things around at RIM, the next question is whether they can sell their assets.
“Who does buy them? [Hewlett-Packard?] Is see HP walking away from the personal device business,” Fiorina surmised. She also doubts any interest will come from Microsoft.
“People who might want a big entry into the personal device business and a big user base who don’t have it are Asian names more than U.S. names right now," Fiorina added.
—By CNBC’s Jennifer Leigh Parker
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