Steve Wozniak is a name synonymous with Apple. He famously co-founded the company with Steve Jobs in the modest setting of a regular garage, before creating and selling the first Apple computer and going public. “The Woz” as he’s affectionately known by techies everywhere took part in an interview with German publication, wiwo.de, in which he gave his opinion on the smartphone market and Apple’s place within that.
I am proud that we have such loyal fans. 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. Samsung is a big competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products.
It’s important to note, this wasn’t a swipe at Apple. It was made in the context that he has great pride in Apple and having been such a vital part of its history. He feels every new Apple product launch is such an event, he has to be there personally. But, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t got the desire to see his loved company push the boundaries more. And, he’s not alone. I agree with him.
There’s no question – in my mind – that when it comes to manufacturing processes and engineering, Apple pushes the boat out. The iPhone 5 is easily the best looking, best made and most elegant piece of consumer electronics that fits in your palm. That said, it needs to address iOS, and the power behind it. It used to be impossible to beat, now, Samsung’s closing fast.
What do you think? Is Wozniak right? Am I out of my mind to think Apple’s iPhone isn’t the best thing ever? Leave your thoughts in the comments.