Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says that he is not a big fan of smartwatches. He also further said that he believes the Google Glass will fail and also cautioned that Apple will not always lead the way to new technologies. Also Read - iPhone 11 selling with more than Rs 8,000 discount in India, but for a limited period
In the candid interview with Australian Financial Review, he even spoke about how happy he was about the big-screen iPhone and praised CEO Tim Cook ‘for breaking free from Job’s dogma’. He labeled Google Glass as an “admirable failure” even though he is impressed by its technical abilities. Also Read - Apple App store removes this popular dating app for spreading misinformation
“I feel like the coolest person in the world when I am wearing it. When I see people wearing it, I also think they are cool because they are brave enough to play with the future with a device that makes no sense in terms of what it does for what it costs,” Wozniak says. “In my mind, it is a great product that will not succeed, just like many other great products that didn’t succeed. Maybe if they found one great commercial application, but I don’t think that has happened yet. I hope that they don’t give it up though, and I have heard that they aren’t planning to give up yet.” Also Read - Apple adds UPI, RuPay, net banking on App Store: How to add new payment methods
Talking about breaking the monotony this year with Apple’s decision to launch big-screen iPhones, Woz said, “I really admire Tim Cook and admire that they broke a dogma that had come from Steve Jobs, which was about only having small phones.”
“The iPhone originally made it because it looked like a big phone, and then, when rival phones looked bigger than Apple’s they continued to say ‘we are right’. That was corporate culture getting in the way of expansion,” he added. “I think that maybe came from Steve Jobs not wanting somebody to say something he didn’t create was better. That said, while Apple clearly still looks back to Jobs as an inspiration, it has begun to emerge as a ‘new Apple’, which is less secretive and more open to outside ideas.”
He even touches on the topic of smartwatches, and says that no company has yet figured out a compelling reason for a smartwatch to exist. “I bought a few of the early smartwatches, including Samsung’s, and they were so disappointing. I took them off because they were so much worse than the phone that’s right in my pocket already,” he said. “Like Apple did with smartphones, one company may point the right way to a smart and useful watch, but it shouldn’t be a replacement for what the phone does, and it should have an unbelievable and fun feeling when you use it.”
He also said that Apple has entered the smartwatch market much later than players such as Sony, Samsung, and LG, and Wozniak cautioned industry watchers not to expect the company to always lead the way.
“Everyone expects that Apple is going to have more of these huge new categories of products introduced all the time because that is what they did in the past, but those ideas do not come along very often,” he said.