February 11, 2013
Woz Believes Apple Lags Behind Android
Steve Wozniak has never been one to shy away from expressing his feelings about the company he co-founded with Steve Jobs. In fact, his penchant to give a plain, honest answer to any question involving Apple no doubt leads reporters to ask him pointed questions about Apple whenever he gives interviews or makes a public appearance.
In recent history, Wozniak has said that he believes Android is capable of doing more than Apple’s iPhone, he supports the Jailbreaking community, and feels that Apple has turned Siri, a once great app, into feces.
Wozniak is always ready with a quote it seems, and his recent interview with German publication Wirtschafts Woche proved to be no different.
In this interview Woz discussed the early days of Apple and compared waiting in line for the newest iDevice to a not-to-be-missed rock concert.
Apple faces stiff competition as they head into 2013. Android and Samsung continue to improve and have finally caught up to Apple in terms of build quality and a sturdy OS. As such, many are curious if Apple will continue to incrementally improve upon their mobile devices or take huge leaps ahead.
According to Wozniak, the company may need to surprise everyone this year in order to gain some ground on their competitors.
“Currently we are in my opinion in the smartphone business with the features somewhat behind,” said Wozniak in a (admittedly not well) translated copy of his interview.
“Others have caught up. Samsung is a great competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products.”
Last month, Apple released their 4th quarter earnings and, though they reported strong profits and revenues, Wall Street responded negatively, sending their stock dropping more than 50 points in a single day.
Yet, while many analysts and investors have recoiled from Apple after their last earnings call, Woz, a stock holder himself, believes that Apple is still a strong company with strong profits.
“At Apple, we always had the philosophy that not one of the market share, but profit,” said Woz, recalling the earliest days of Apple Computers.
“Apple was profitable from the start. Mike Markkula (Apple’s first Angel Investor) always preached that one must have a good profit margin…”
Woz attributes some of these high profits to their brand, saying that Apple’s loyal fans often help to drive interest in the company.
And while Woz says he appreciates the loyalty shown to Apple by their fans, he does believe that this loyalty is not always deserved.
Speaking of the loyalty of Apple fans, Woz also discussed the experience of waiting in line with other Apple fans to be one of the first to buy a new Apple device.
“The launch of a new Apple product is for me like a big, major concert in which you absolutely must attend personally,” said Woz.
“It’s history. Sure, I could order online or call the store manager so that [they] smuggled me out the back door. But that would be nothing. No, I will have the experience like any normal customer. But one thing is certain. If Apple would make lousy products, I would not be in line.”