Woz: If I were at Apple, we’d be partners with Google

“Parallel universes are always fun to contemplate,” Chris Matyszczyk reports for CNET. “So please mount the No. 42 bus with me to a world in which Tim Cook is still COO of Apple and Steve Wozniak is calling the shots.”

“Here’s what would be happening: Apple and Google would be deep and loving partners and would share all their knowledge in one vast openfest,” Matyszczyk reports. “Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak gave an interview to the BBC, in which he said: ‘I wish to God that Apple and Google were partners in the future.’ But when pressed as to how realistic it would be that Apple and Google would ever cuddle up and make nice, he was vigorous in his feelings. ‘I don’t know. If I were there, it would be pretty likely,’ he said. ‘I’m probably wrong, there’s probably an awful lot I don’t know about the business concerns, and one thing you’ve got to remember is a company has always got to make money.'”

Matyszczyk writes, “Oh, to hell with business. What’s business ever done for most of humanity, other than corrupt, enslave and bore?”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take:

Woz on his Segway attending to some business
Woz on his Segway attending to some business
No offense, Woz, but if you were running Apple, Eric T. Mole would have stolen the entire company, not to mention the shirt off your back. It’s bad enough that Steve Jobs himself let him have a seat at the table in the first place – and then let him stay for so long (at least Steve hid the iPad from him).

Regardless, we love Woz. He sees the world through the eyes of a child.

Here’s what Google’s Android looked like before and after Apple’s iPhone:

Google Android before and after Apple iPhone

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

59 Comments

    1. I guess Woz also forgets he has zero business sense, thus Apple was only successful because Steve Jobs insisted on charging money and making a profit.

      Plus, Google has no interest in being partners with anyone. Google only works for Google, and Google doesn’t care about anyone else. Google only “partners” with someone until it can steal its partners business.

      1. Google is “partners” with other companies in the same way that Mafia “protection” rackets are “partners” with the businesses they “protect.”

        “Gee, it would be a real shame if your restaurant were to burn down.”

        Samesung is exactly the same way. Not the slightest scrap of honor among the both of them.

    2. Hey, Woz…

      That’s why you are not at Apple.

      My query is how long does your 15 minutes last?

      Make a contribution rather than grab a headline or try to take a leak while on your Segway with camera at the ready.

      I used to really respect you. Now – not.

    3. Woz freely admits that he has limited insight into some areas. His flaw is that he comments on those areas despite that fact.

      Steve tried to enter into a cooperative relationship with Google. Google search and Google maps were the defaults on iOS and Apple even seemed willing to let Google dominate mobile advertising. Then Google pulled the Android deception and that started a war that will not end until Google capitulates or Apple squashes Google in the courts. Steve held grudges for the long term.

      1. It is in Apple’s long term strategic interest to decimate the profitability of Google’s business so they cannot use their search monopoly profits to attack Apple’s businesses in the future.

  1. Woz seems like a really nice guy and all. But from the best I can tell, his only noteworthy accomplishment was the design of a floppy disk controller about 30 years ago. Is there anything more?

      1. No, sorry, the only thing Woz did was to create the motherboard and help get the Apple II out the door. By the time he left Apple a short five years later, he had long been relegated to a bit player. He played an important role at Apple for only a couple of years. His wacky zaniness today belies Woz’s true character. He’s a Homebrew hacker with lots of money, pure and simple.

        1. I’m sure you mean well but good intentions don’t matter. The other Steve was also relegated to a bit player before he left. If it wasn’t for Steve, both of them, there would have been no Apple computer. If only you knew half of what you think you know.

        2. Much you say is correct, but to be fair it was that Woz asked to be “just an engineer” and not an executive. Jobs let him work on any project he wanted and Woz was never involved in management decisions. Woz knew he was not good at management and he wanted no part of it.

  2. Apple and Giogle already are partners… For anyone in their personal alternate universe who chooses to pair Apple hardware with google services. Congratulations enjoy.

    As for me and my house…

  3. Woz has always been an idealist at heart. He wanted to give away the Apple board designs. It was Jobs who saw the commercial opportunity and convinced Woz to be part of that.

    Just remember Apple could not have existed without both of them contributing. Once it took off, then Woz’s input fell off. Basically because he wasn’t interested in the commercial aspect.

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