Steve Wozniak: I Never Said Apple Should Make Android Phones



A few days ago during an interview at the Apps World North America conference in San Francisco, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reportedly told Wired that Apple should make an Android phone. Here is the passage from the interview:

“There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market,” said Wozniak–who, it should be noted, is no longer involved in the day-to-day workings of the company. “We could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings. We could play in two arenas at the same time.”

Gina Smith, a reporter for aNewDomain, thought the story sounded really wrong, so she called Wozniak.

“It sounded wrong. So I called Steve Wozniak, with whom I penned his biography iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It. Steve emphatically told me that the press had the story ‘wrong,’” Smith reports. “In an email to me, Steve said, ‘They got it quite wrong for their own reasons … I’m used to things like this, (where the media turns) ‘could’ into ‘should.’ But the idea caught a lot of attention. It was just (my) independent idea … I’m sure others have said it before but I get more attention …’”

It turns out that the reports were wrong, and Wozniak did not say that Apple should make Android phones. During the phone call with Smith he said Apple ‘could’ make Android phones but those business decisions would be in the hands of knowledgeable Apple executives.

Wozniak also questioned, in the event Apple was to make Android phones, how much it would compete with the iPhone business. In all likelihood we will probably never see Apple make an Android phone. Let us know in the comments below what your thoughts are about Apple making hardware for Android phones.

[via MacDailyNews]


  • Al

    I’m confused. He didn’t use the word “should” in the above excerpt from Wired. Did he actually say that? Are you going to make me go through the wired article to find out? Would have been nice, assuming he said that, if you posted it here as a reference, beings it’s THE TOTAL POINT OF THIS ARTICLE!

  • Jimmy

    Wired did not post the whole interview, they said he used the word should in the interview, when in fact he did not. The actual quote from Woz is not cited anywhere, Wired just reported that he said that. They misunderstood him.

  • Al

    I was looking for where it was used. Not whether or not he actually used it. Tunneling down the links, I eventually found it. The point I was making was, this summary article should have quoted the passage of Wired where it’s written.

  • Tim

    In terms of Woz vs Jobs… I don’t really know why anyone listens to this guy. In my mind he was a smart dude when it came to computers back when Apple started up, but shortly after (relative to Apple’s entire history), he wasn’t really a factor. More than anything, I think he was luckier to find Jobs, than Jobs was to find him. He certainly hasn’t been a factor in the company’s resurrection. The guy is a computer dork who likes to nerd out. If Woz made a cell phone it’d be the size of an actual brick because it housed 6 processors and ran command line unix.

  • Superman

    Woz was VERY important to Apple’s success. At least as important as Jobs for the first half of Apple’s life. He pretty much made the Apple I on his own, and was a huge part of why the Apple II worked. The Apple II btw is the computer that made Apple into a successful company worth millions of dollars, not the Macintosh. He got in a bad accident and lost a lot of his memory and stopped working so much on technical work. He WAS a computer dork, but he was one of the great computer dorks, and is responsible for a lot of the major developments that made the PC a success. You’re right that Apple post Scully was very little Woz and should be credited mostly to Jobs. Although, post Scully Apple is also very much Ive, Forstall and Fadell. Show some respect for Steve Wozniak.

  • Tim

    I agree with all of what you said. I think that Woz played an integral part in the story of Apple. What I am saying is that he’s irrelevant today. So when I see him postulating about where Apple should go or what kind of products they should make I tune him out. Engineering types, especially of the computer variety, are often weaker on the design side of things. When Woz had influence in tech, it wasn’t sexy. Today it is. The way he cares about using an iphone is completely antithetical to the reasons that the product has been so successful.

  • Ese Agbatutu

    samsung makes an 8 core processor phone and its not a brick