“The iPhone has fallen ‘somewhat behind’ in terms of smartphone features, according to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak,” Electronista reports.

“The comment emerged during Businessweek’s Best Brand Awards,” Electronista reports. “‘I am proud that we have such loyal fans,’ he said. ‘But this loyalty is not given, the need to have the best products is always there. Currently we are in my opinion somewhat behind with features in the smartphone business. Others have caught up…'”

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MacDailyNews Take: “Caught up” is a bit too strong. There are plenty of important areas where competitors have not “caught up” to Apple. Build quality, for one. Ecosystem (third-party accessories, vehicle-integration, etc.), for another. App quality and quantity, for a third. Or, how about security, where, based on their choice of business models, certain wannabes have no hope of ever catching up.

Overall, though, Woz is right to keep pushing and prodding Apple along. Apple’s other notable co-founder did the same thing every day.

It would be nice if Woz didn’t feel compelled to do it in public (which gives aid and comfort to rivals, not the least of which is a convicted thief of Apple’s IP), but perhaps Apple doesn’t afford him the opportunity to give his feedback in private. If so, and if they don’t like constantly hearing these critiques from a co-founder in public, maybe they should give him the opportunity to contribute his ideas to Apple directly.

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