Speaking at the Nordic Business Forum in Stockholm last week, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak backtracked on his earlier opinion that he “kinda liked it (the iPhone X)”, by saying that the new phone’s lack of intuitiveness, specifically the power button on the side of the phone, is too annoying for him (via BusinessInsider).
Criticizing the iPhone X, Woz said that he doesn’t like “when computers and machinery tricks you”. “The power button on the side does different things if you click it quickly, or if you click it twice, and a different thing if you click it a third time,” he added.
Woz believes that the iPhone X power button is an “affront to Apple’s core principles of intuitiveness and simplicity”, as he contrasted the device with Apple’s early products.
He said the phone does different things “if you’re asleep or if you’re awake; or if you’re turned off or on; if you push it and hold it, it does different things; and if you double-click it, it does another thing; if you five click it, it does another thing.”
He went on.
“And if you push it with the volume button it does another thing. And if you push and hold the volume button it does another thing. Just, ugh!”
Previously, Woz has shown skepticism about the iPhone X’s Face ID, saying that he preferred to use biometric identification instead.