Speaking to WIRED at the Apps World North America conference in San Francisco, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had a recommendation for his former company: build an Android phone.
While Wozniak is known to be a fan of some Android devices, and is no longer involved in the day-to-day running of Apple, his comments may come as a surprise:
There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market. 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.
While the creation of an iAndroid device is extremely unlikely, to say the least, it’s not technically impossible. Android an open-source operating system software that is available to any handset manufacturer to adopt and develop upon. Apple could even fork Android, like Amazon has done for its Kindle Fire devices, to create a version of the OS that is closer to Apple’s aesthetic.
Of course, Apple making an Android device is not going to happen. The company hasn’t put such effort into creating an ecosystem that is so closely integrated into all of its devices to then create phone based on another operating system.
Despite the Apple Android phone suggestion, Wozniak was confident in his former company ability to innovate, rejecting the notion that it has stalled. When asked about Apple’s much-remarked-on “failure” last year to introduce a new category, such as a smartwatch or TV, Woz countered that he believes Apple is waiting for the right time to release the right product.
The great products really come from secret development. 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.
Wozniak challenges claims that Samsung is out-innovating Apple in the smartphone space, stating that feature creep is not the same as innovation.
If you have something really good, don’t change it; don’t screw it up. You pick up a Samsung phone and say smile and it takes a picture, but how much innovation is that? That’s just throwing in a lot of features. People don’t really choose their smartphones based on features. I think Apple is superior at being able to say no.
Hit the source link to read the full post on WIRED for more, including Woz’s comments on the future of artificial intelligence and the Spike Jonze film Her.