Woz says Apple ‘somewhat behind,’ in smartphone features, identifies himself with the company

February 7, 2013
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Steve Wozniak

In a recent interview with German publication Wirtschafts Woche, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak talked about the early days at Apple, Steve Jobs, but also about the company’s current line of mobile products.

When looking at the current iPhones, Woz said that he feels that Apple is “somewhat behind” in smartphone features, but he did not name Android specifically when referring to the competition, although he did remark Samsung mobile products, most of which run Android. Interestingly, he used plural when talking about Apple, identifying himself with the company:

“Currently we are in my opinion…somewhat behind,” he said, before adding: “Others have caught up. Samsung is a great competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products.”

Then again, right at the beginning of the interview, he did mention that he is still an Apple employee, more of a symbolic tie, the only Apple employee to have been with the company since it was founded.

However, Woz did not specify exactly what smartphone features are “somewhat behind,” nor did he say that he’s not buying Apple gear anymore. In fact, he implied that Apple products are still great, which is why he’s buying them:

“If Apple would make lousy products, I would not be in line,” he said.

The iOS vs Android battle will still be the most important battle in the mobile landscape this year, with everyone else fighting for third place. Apple will be fighting Google for market share, and Samsung for profits this year, and we’re sure Woz will keep expressing his opinions, as he always does, on his company and the competition once new products are out in stores.

What mobile device(s) are you buying this year?

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