Updated: Wozniak Misquoted

Update: Woz has contacted Engadget to let them know that he was misquoted, and that he actually believes iOS is superior. Check out the audio here. (And man your pitchforks!)

According to Steve, that’s about it — he says he’d “never” say that Android was better than iOS, and that “Almost every app I have is better on the iPhone.” Woz did say he lightly prognosticated that Android would become more popular “based on what I’ve read,” but that he expects Android “to be a lot like Windows… I’m not trying to put Android down, but I’m not suggesting it’s better than iOS by any stretch of the imagination. But it can get greater marketshare and still be crappy.”

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In an interview with De Telegraaf, everyone’s favorite Apple co-founder discussed the future of smartphones, and conceded that Android is likely to dominiate the smartphone race due to its open nature. He compared it to Windows in the desktop world, which can be installed on a wide range of hardware, so naturally, it has a larger adoption rate. That’s not to say one is better than the other—in the end it all boils down to personal preference.

Historically, Apple has maintained a tight integration between their hardware and software, and while this allows their products to work (mostly) flawlessly, it also limits the total number of potential users. As Woz puts it, the iPhone “Has very few weak points. There aren’t any real complaints and problems. In terms of quality, the iPhone is leading.” Wheras “Android phones have more features“, and give users more choice. But, he also believes that Android will eventually match iOS’s quality, causing it to be the preferred choice for users.

Woz also mentioned that Apple “wanted something that could amaze the world.“, and tried to create a smartphone 3 years before the release of the iPhone, but failed (most likely due to technical limitations of the time).


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