It won’t surprise you to learn that most of us here at Android Headlines aren’t big fans of Apple or their products. But if you know anything about Apple’s rise to prominence, you know that Steve Wozniak is the man who deserves most of the credit. Sure, that other Steve (if I type his full name I’ll get fired) may have been the one rocking the jeans and the black turtleneck on stage, but Wozniak is where most of the ideas that have made Apple a financial success actually came from. Woz is also the source of many amusing sound bites. For instance a few months ago he suggested that Microsoft may have brought that other Steve back from the dead. At least… we are assuming that was a joke.
But despite being one of the Apple faithful, Wozniak has never been shy about criticizing Apple’s current state. His most recent comments were made to Germany’s Wirtschafts Woche. In an interview Wozniak said (translated from German): “Currently we are in my opinion…somewhat behind,” he also added: “Others have caught up. Samsung is a great competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products.”
These are not the words of a mindless drone who is blindly devoted to Apple’s brand and products. This is a statement from one of the great technological minds of our time recognizing the short-comings of the company he co-founded. Of course this isn’t news to any of the Android faithful. The iPhone 5 in particular failed to bring any notable new features to the market in an increasingly competitive industry. Adding an extra row of icons doesn’t exactly measure up to the ground-breaking multi-tasking of the Galaxy Note II, or the combination of power and a perfect screen size that the Galaxy S III brings to the table. And when you combine that with the smoothness, speed, and flexibility of the Android OS that these devices run, its no surprise that even the great wizard of Woz can see that Apple is falling behind.
But that is what happens when, in the words of Wozniak, a company becomes “so, kind of, arrogant.” If you believe that your product cannot be improved upon, then you won’t try to improve it. This is a company that is spending hundreds of millions and abusing US patent law to keep its competitors from bringing superior products to the market instead of trying to innovate. Its nice to see the cracks beginning to widen in the foundation of Apple’s current profitability, and hopefully the isheep will soon start to see what the rest of us have known for a long time.