Woz loves iPhone 4 & iPad 2, but wishes Apple was more open

Steve Wozniak (Pieter Baert)
By Richi Jennings. April 11, 2011.

Steve Wozniak says he loves Apple (AAPL) products, like the iPhone 4 and iPad 2, but wishes the company would be more open. He'd also "consider" a more active role at Apple, if asked. Yeah, like that's going to happen. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers imagine a seething Steve (Jobs) and a choleric Katie (Cotton).

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention Jedi badminton...

It was a lovely day by the sea for Georgina Prodhan:

Wozniak, who was in the English seaside town of Brighton for a ... conference and to present an ... award, stopped working for Apple in 1987 but is still on the payroll. ... Asked his opinion of Apple today, he said: "Unbelievable. The products, one after another, quality and hits."


When asked whether he would play a more active role ... [at] the company he co-founded ... "I'd consider it, yeah." ... Wozniak, a lifelong hands-on engineer, said he liked technology to be relatively open ... "My thinking is that Apple could be more open and not lose sales," said Wozniak.  

Dean Takahashi adds:

Wozniak co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs in 1976 (with Ronald Wayne). ... He would consider returning to Apple if he were asked ... [but] it seems unlikely, since Apple could have asked him back a long time ago. [He] is currently chief scientist at Fusion-io, a Flash memory technology company.


The question is interesting, since Jobs is currently on a medical leave of absence. ... But Jobs was the one who headed the company and spearheaded its business growth.  

Rik Myslewski fills in the gaps in the Wozumé:

Steve Wozniak ... former phone phreak ... renowned prankster, Segway-polo pioneer, education philanthropist, and Dancing with the Stars contestant.


He quickly added, however, that "I'm sure they're making the right decisions for the right reasons for Apple." We're assuming that ... is a reflection of Wozniak's true feelings, and not merely an attempt to butter up his former ... boss ... who also goes by "Steve".  

John C Abell is able to click his heels:

He also remains a big Apple booster ... even waiting on line for his iPads along with we commoners.


Having said all that, we won’t be reaching out to Apple for comment about ... [the] “Wonderful Wizard of Woz.” Some questions really shouldn’t be asked.  

But Marc Flores zeroes in on the "openness" comment:

OK, so a little more openness might help a bit. If Apple has taken any criticism ... it’s because of its very closed and tightly controlled ecosystem. ... [But] criticisms probably fall on deaf ears when you have a company of Apple’s size making bigger profits than larger companies.


Just because he’s an advisor to Apple ... it doesn’t mean he’s a fanboy. ... Remember, Woz thinks very highly of Android and owns Android smartphones, too.  

Meanwhile, Joshua Schnell is nuanced:

Most companies would welcome the return of a folk-hero, but given that he ... [also] suggested that Apple could be a little more open, we doubt there will be a triumphant return.


We’re not saying Apple’s not open ... they are a lot more open then they’re given credit for—but ... Woz’s definition of open probably won’t happen any time soon.  


And Finally...

Jedi badminton [hat tip: Andy Molloy]

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