Steve Wozniak: Apple iPhone is “somewhat behind with features in the smartphone business”

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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.

Via: MacRumors
Source: Wiwo

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  • Protocol71

    Agree 100% with you Cam. The iPhone is still the best phone out there, but not for long if they keep this complacency up.

  • jabombardier

    I am confused by this whole thing. I do understand that iOS is in need of a refresh, but I just switched from Android and I find that iOS is more refined in every corner even though it is less customizable. If something needs to be changed, I guess one thing should be is if they aren’t going to allow customizable keyboards to substitute the current one, then they should rework it for quicker typing with less key tapping. I guess also allow a widgets screen. Other than that I just see it as a cosmetic issue that is kind of nitpicky. Well to me at least because this is the first time I am using iOS since my iPod touch and I can spot the differences.

  • Roger Smith

    The Droid Razr Maxx HD is better than the iPhone 5.  More customization, fast…Awesome.  I do like the iPhone 5.

  • BillThomas

    yea its sad but true i love iPhone and ill never go back to a droid but iOS does need a refresh

  • AMS

    I recently entered the world of the smartphone, and I did a lot of research before I decided which phone to purchase.  Since my workplace is exclusively Apple I looked very seriously into getting an iPhone.  I really liked that it would be compatible to my work computer, and I liked its relatively compact size.  That was really where the positives ended, though.  I chose the Motorola Razr M because it also had a compact size, and it had far superior battery life.  It also has expandable storage, which was a big plus for me.  I felt that the Android operating system would do anything I needed it to do, and the phone itself would cost me less than half of what an iPhone would even though the M was newly released that month.  I just feel for what you get the iPhone is way overpriced.  I’m incredibly happy with my phone choice.

  • Tom Cruise

    It is true. Just being an Apple product is not going to cut it anymore. I know 3 friends that jumped from apple and went to a Samsung phone.

  • jabombardier

    @Tom Cruise there will be people moving back and forth. You will have people who are tired of apple go to an android device and you will have people tired of android go to the iPhone. Me and quite a few of my friends who were early adopters if android are sick of it and are now on iOS.