“At the Apps World North America conference in San Francisco, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak gave WIRED a wide-ranging interview, touching on everything from his preferred iPhone 5s color (he has all three) to the fictional operating system in the movie Her,” Mat Honan reports for Wired. “But his most interesting comment by far was a heretical recommendation for his former company: Apple, he thinks, should release an Android handset.”
Honan reports, ““There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market,” said Wozniak–who, it should be noted, is no longer involved in the day-to-day workings of the company.”
MacDailyNews Take: Hmm, wonder why?
Wozniak continued, “‘We could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings. We could play in two arenas at the same time,'” Honan reports. “Despite how that suggestion might sound, Wozniak was generally bullish on his former company, rejecting the notion that innovation at Apple has stalled out.”
“When asked about Apple’s much-remarked-on failure last year to introduce a new category–such as a smartwatch or TV, both long rumored to be in the works–Woz countered that he believes Apple is waiting for the right time to release the right product,” Honan reports. “‘The great products really come from secret development,’ he said. ‘You put small teams of great people on them and they aren’t bothered by other people commenting on what they’re doing while they’re doing it. A whole new category of products doesn’t happen very often. It might happen once a decade. Sometimes you have to wait for one of those to come about.'”
“He also endorsed Apple’s decision not to pour new features into the iPhone, arguing that feature creep is not the same as innovation. ‘If you have something really good, don’t change it; don’t screw it up,’ he said,” Honan reports. “‘People don’t really choose their smartphones based on features,’ he added. ‘I think Apple is superior at being able to say no.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: As always, we love Woz!
Apple co-founder Woz announced as opening keynote speaker at Apps World in San Francisco – January 27, 2014