Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has never been shy to express his true feelings on different topics, and he’s certainly not afraid to be honest when asked anything about the company he helped build. During TEDx Brussels, Wozniak was asked questions on various technology topics, and was even asked what he thought of the Microsoft vs. Apple innovation war.
The Woz was asked several questions, some being about regrets he’s had, his thoughts on the future of technology, and what he thought of Scott Forstall’s departure. However, probably the most interesting tidbit was what his thoughts were about the innovation war, specifically between Microsoft and Apple. Woz says that it “worries” him that Microsoft might be becoming a more innovative company than Apple.
Specifically, Wozniak said that Microsoft has produced “more of the type of innovation where you see something and you say, ‘Whoa, they really changed things drastically. Whoa, they aren’t really even going in the same direction as everyone else.’” Wozniak is also worried that Microsoft might have spent the past three years coming up with bold new innovations while Apple “was just used to cranking out the newest iPhone and falling a little behind.”
While Apple is certainly improving on their products every year or so, Wozniak notes that “improving is not Apple-style innovation. It’s not like you’re creating something astounding that you’re just gasping because it’s so unexpected.” Wozniak points back to “some bad times” when the Macintosh first came out and the company was simply just releasing new and improved models every year. Wozniak believes Apple may be heading back into that rut.