Apple co-founder Woz: Apple should make an Android phone

“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.”

Steve Wozniak“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!

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65 Comments

    1. Wait a min….. He might be on to something.

      Why not have a Bootcamp for the iPhone. We have one for the Mac. If it’s ok to run windows on a Mac then why not Bootcamp the iPhone and run Android and iOS at the same time on a phone? The phone that runs both windows and Android. Of course an iTunes app for the android will be needed.

      1. Right. The iPhone, which Apple keeps as simple as possible to use, should have boot camp. OOPS, wrong device niche. Go jailbreak your iPhone and bootcamp it yourself. Granny is NOT interested.

        What disturbs me about Woz’s Android comment is his ignoring the VAST malware problem inherent with all things Android. Android is literally the single worst malware magnet we have ever seen in the operating system realm. Dare not disagree as I have the VAST numbers to back up that claim. Don’t I.

        Theoretically, Apple could ‘garden wall’ Android as it does iOS. Except that Android is NOT designed to be secure at the core and iOS IS. The crap that would have to be overcome in Android to make it reliably secure is daunting.

        One thing for sure: Apple is not going to be stupid enough to touch Android unless the security hell problem is solved first. That points out a very clear difference between Google and Apple.

      2. No. He isn’t on to anything. Woz jumped the shark a long time ago.
        All he cares about for some time is getting his mug in front of a camera and if he has to say retarded things to do that no problem.

      3. This isn’t unreasonable in theory. Just don’t provide any instructions to consumers, let the hackers modify the phone as they want without breaking compatibility. Like iPod Linux.

        Android has already been ported to iPhone anyway. Google it.

  1. This guy lost his mind a while back. He’s never going to find it again. I think it was when he said he wanted to install motion sensors on Kim Kardassian’s ass and Beyoncé’s ass and plot the relative daily motion and gravitational pull that I knew something was up.

    1. Actually Woz is still employed by apple to this day and receives $120,000.00 a year from them. True story go look it up. He is also an apple stock holder as well.

      But he is delusional. Some of his comments are so stupid one has to wonder if it was said in a drug induced haze.

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