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Woz comments on innovation in interview

updated 09:55 am EDT, Thu June 16, 2005

Woz interview

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says innovation is for many top computer companies, but rather volume sales. Wozniak made the comments while in Singapore for an IT industry event. Although he is no longer with Apple, Mr Wozniak says he continues to advise the company on its new offerings. Channel NewsAsia's Derek Cher spoke to him and asked what spurred him if he thought it was becoming more difficult to innovate. "The computer industry per se has been a little bit harder to be innovative for the last 20 years," he said. "There was a period of about 5 to 10 where there were so many opportunities. Even high school kids in their bedroom could start writing programmes that were useful. They sold them and made a lot of money."

When it comes to innovation today, "Apple's almost a monopoly," Woz said. "People know what kind of computer they are going to buy. It's Macintosh, it's Apple. And Microsoft is a monopoly in its way. And it's like those companies don't really care about quality. They are going to sell just as much as ever regardless of quality. Apple strives to be a leader in new technologies and that is one of the things they are really good at. But a lot of perfection in the software haven't followed a lot of rules that are obvious to people. There was a short period of time around the Macintosh, that was the case but it's pretty much gone."




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  1. rok

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    oops

    "Although he is no longer with Apple, Mr Wozniak says he continues to advise the company on its new offerings. Although he is no longer with Apple, Mr Wozniak says he continues to advise the company on its new designs."

    wow, were you trying to fill a word-count quota or something???

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    volume sales

    Well, one thing we know about Apple and computers. Volume sales are nowhere near the top of their agenda.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    woz is old

    Woz wouldn't know innovation if it bit him on his proverbial hind end.

    I'm afraid this is just how people start thinking when they get old and irrelevant. The fact is, amazing things are still being produced every day.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    innovation

    what is Woz smoking? I sure don't want any. Must be some bad ditch weed.

    Apple isn't innovating in software, is that what he's saying?

    Apple is one of the few companies innovating today. M$ sure doesn't, they are like the Soviet Union, they think they will have their way by just throwing their massive weight around.... well the USSR seemed invincible too until it collapsed of its own weight and internal contradictions...

  1. Ben Lawson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Innovation revisited

    Actually Microsoft is more like current US foreign policy. Arrogantly inflicting changes that suit them, can't be resisted, and have no benefit for the down-trodden masses! :-)

    I agree that Apple is still innovating, but the pace has changed even there.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: innovation

    Apple is one of the few companies innovating today.

    OK, except overcharging for computers, what other innovations is Apple doing on computers today (esp. software, since you imply that's where its happening).

    The only thing I see as an 'innovation' lately (last 5 years) is the iPod. Beyond that, its just updates to their stuff, stolen ideas from others, more of the same that's already out there, etc, etc, etc.

    And, no, just saying "Just look at OS X, dickhead!" doesn't count!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: Innovation revisited

    Actually Microsoft is more like current US foreign policy. Arrogantly inflicting changes that suit them, can't be resisted, and have no benefit for the down-trodden masses! :-)

    Wait, inflicting changes that suit them, can't be resisted, no benefit for the down-trodden. Add in "Doesn't listen to their customers" and, damn if that doesn't sound like Apple to me.

  1. resuna

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Look at OS X, d***... uh.

    Oh, sorry, that doesn't count. OK.

    Really taking advantage of the GPU for a desktop user interface is really Apple's ballpark. There's been a few "3d" user interface ideas, and technology demos that show how you can make windows wobble and tilt and so on. But actually using it, in a real OS with real software?

    There's a lot of really nice new tools for managing a UNIX-based system in the Darwin source release, such as launchd. I wish a few of the other open source developers would use it.

    I don't like the way they tied Spotlight to HFS+, but Spotlight's trick of using filesystem notifications to drive searching seems unique.

    30" monitors. That's totally insanely over the top.

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    comprehension...

    Hi kiddies - you might want to actually READ the originating article, before ripping on Woz. Nowhere does he critique Apple, but rather the *INDUSTRY*, which is sales drive, and doesn't innovate. He bemoans the fact that the industry USED to be innovative, but it no longer is. It also clearly states that Apple *IS* innovative.

    Okay? You can stop eating your own, now.

    ZinkDifferent!

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    naaa

    naaa, he's still wrong...if he wants to say, there aren't two kids in their garage creating the apple II....OK, that is true

    but the idea that the industry is more or less innovative than before...just an old man, people get cranky like that as they head toward senility.

    every generation thinks it aint like it used to be...but the fact is, some of the neatest things ever, are being invented right now...



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