Right after the iPad Air launched, the media’s attention turned to Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who allegedly slammed the devices introduced during the iPad special event on October 22. Turns out, he never criticized the new iPads and was actually terribly misquoted.
After reading the reports published in the media in the US and UK, aNewDomain editor, Gina Smith, thought that the quotes used by the media outlets just didn’t sound like the Steve Wozniak she had gotten to know while conducting a series of interviews.
Yes, we know that Wozniak doesn’t refrain from expressing his opinion in public on Apple’s products, but the words read in these reports just sounded wrong. So she reached out to Woz to ask him about the new iPad Air and find out what he thinks about the UK and US news stories’ claims.
Here is what Steve Wozniak wrote:
I never criticized the new iPads. I think they are fine. I don’t think you have a choice between iPad models so that’s just saying that the iPad is good … that’s a very different statement (and contrary to the implication) that, if I chose not to upgrade now, less than a year after my last upgrade, then I, Woz, am saying that the new Apple iPad is bad.”
He further explained why he decided to skip this upgrade: He loves his 128GB Retina iPad, which helps him a lot in his work. The iPad Air doesn’t offer enough of a critical change for him to jump on this model, but the new Retina MacBook Pro does, so he immediately bought one with 1 TB of storage.
So, in the end, it’s easy to tweak Woz’s words, saying he won’t upgrade to the iPad Air in less than a year — after he bought the 128GB iPad — into critical words against Apple.