Woz worries about iPhone rivals

Apple co-founder talks about growing smartphone market, reflects on Apple's past

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is concerned that Apple's smartphone prowess could be threatened by rival products coming to market.

Speaking at an Avaya event in the San Francisco Bay Area this week, Wozniak said when iPhone first came out, there was nothing like it. But now there are Windows and Google Android phones that are very usable, he said. Rival products are besting iPhone with some features, according to Wozniak: "I worry if that's going to hurt Apple or if Apple's market is different."

[ Developers are bullish on Apple's iOS devices but some find the company difficult to work with, a survey reports. | Subscribe to InfoWorld's Mobilize newsletter for analysis, opinions and product reviews in the mobile realm. ]

Wozniak, who is chief scientist at flash memory technology vendor Fusion-io, shared some perspectives on contemporary devices while also giving a history lesson on Apple, the company he started in 1976 with the late Steve Jobs. Apple's popular iPad tablet, Wozniak said, lacks the complexities built up in computers over time; it is a safe buy. "Only one program can run at a time, just like an Apple II," he notes.

He also sees the rise of videoconferencing. "Now, we're ready for video everywhere." (Avaya offers videoconferencing technologies.)

Reflecting on the early days of Microsoft and Apple, Wozniak said Jobs had viewed Microsoft as a company that could write software for Apple's products: "He thought that Bill Gates knew that the future was the Macintosh way." But Jobs viewed Gates as "really less of a person" for sticking to low-cost PCs, Wozniak said. The Macintosh, with its memory requirements, was always going to cost more than PCs and never did get the big market share, Wozniak recalled. The Macintosh "failed real heavily at the start," he said. Its ill-fated, expensive predecessor, the Lisa, meanwhile, "was the first machine with a mouse," Wozniak said.

Wozniak also gave credit to investor Mike Markkula as the third partner of Apple. "Mike Markkula really's the one that really made Apple the great success that it was more than anyone else." While HP, where Wozniak had worked, was an engineering-driven company, Markkula determined Apple would be marketing-driven, Wozniak said.

This article, "Woz worries about iPhone rivals," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the latest developments in business technology news and get a digest of the key stories each day in the InfoWorld Daily newsletter. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld on Twitter.

Read more about mobile technology in InfoWorld's Mobile Technology Channel.

More about: Apple, Apple., Avaya, Bill, Fusion-io, Google, HP, Microsoft, Technology
Comments are now closed.
Related Coverage
Related Whitepapers
Latest Stories
Community Comments
Tags: Fusion-io, iPhone, hardware systems, smartphones, tablets, iPad, Avaya, Apple, Google, mobile technology, computer hardware, consumer electronics
ARN Directory | Distributors relevant to this article
Alloys , Aquion , Avnet Technology Solutions , Bluechip Infotech , Com1 International , Dicker Data , Distribution Central , Express Data , ICT Distribution , Impact Systems Technology , Ingram Micro Australia , Leader Computers , Lynx Technologies , Multimedia Technology , NewLease , SAPPLY , Sektor , Synnex Australia , Topstar Computer International , VExpress Distribution , ViViD Systems , Westcon Group , Wholesale IT , XiT Distribution
ARN Directory | Vendors relevant to this article
HP
Get exclusive access to ARN's news, research and invitation only events.
ARN Distributor Directory
ARN Vendor Directory
Microsites

iAsset is a channel management ecosystem that automates all major aspects of the entire sales,marketing and service process, including data tracking, integrated learning, knowledge management and product lifecycle management.

 

Latest News

Apr 17
Splunk exec defects to tech disruptor Elasticsearch
Apr 17
JCurve acquisition to boost telco play following $A2.5m capital raising
Apr 17
Vodafone tackles FIFA World Cup with $5 roaming in Brazil
Apr 17
Kim Dotcom says he's set to get assets back
More News
24 Apr
The China Healthcare ICT Conference 2014
05 May
CeBIT Australia 2014
06 May
Oracle Day 2014 - Across 2 Cities
06 May
Oracle Day 2014 - Across 2 Cities
View all events