“Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak Saturday blasted his old buddy Steve Jobs’ decision to drop the price of the iPhone by $200 only 68 days after the big launch and even took his old friend to task for how refunds have been handled for the popular device,” Steven Burke reports for CMP Channel.
“‘Nobody expects a product to drop that much in price in such a short time,’ said Wozniak, the driving force behind the original Apple I and II computers,” Burke reports. “‘Steve Jobs and everyone expects technology to drop in price. The first adopters always pay a premium. I am one of them. I am used to that. But that one was too soon, too harsh.'”
Burke reports, “Even though he takes issue with the price cut and how it was handled, Wozniak said he is a big fan of the iPhone. ‘I fell in love with the iPhone,’ he said. ‘I did not like it at first.’ Wozniak said it took him a month to fall in love with the device.”
Burke reports, “Wozniak complained that a lot of the intense focus on user interface design even at Apple has gone away. ‘We have learned the formulas and a lot of that (innovative) thinking has gone away,’ he said. ‘Now we (at Apple) are a monopoloy as much as Microsoft. If you’re going to buy a Macintosh you’re going to buy a Macintosh and we don’t need quality to sell.'”
Burke also reports, “Wozniak said when Apple came out with the .Mac domain moniker the name Woz was not available. After being initially upset at not being able to get his own name for the Apple domain, he learned that his old friend Jobs ‘had actually saved it for me.'”
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Don’t fret, it’s just more of Woz being Woz, but he really should look up the word “monopoly” and read the relevant court transcripts and findings before he utters the word in sentences containing Apple and Microsoft. A free spirit, and Steve Jobs’ personal loose cannon, Woz is (was?) a brilliant engineer, but a brilliant businessman and/or legal mind, not so much. Woz should stick to the Segway polo, Hummer trips to the South Pole with Buzz Aldrin, and red-headed comediennes. Let the “other” Steve worry about Apple.