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Wozniak: Apple TV and MB Air good, not great

updated 12:50 pm EST, Mon March 3, 2008

Wozniak on Apple TV, MBA

Steve Wozniak today hosted a keynote at an Australian broadband conference, and offered his mixed opinions on the Apple TV and the MacBook Air. Wozniak said that although he believes the Apple TV to be a "really good indication of the future of the world", the platform does have a few flaws. Primarily, he says that the 24-hour rental period is too limited for his busy schedule. Wozniak also said it feels as if he is being restricted by the tiny, simplified remote control, indicating it makes him feel less human.

While initially thinking the MacBook Air was feature deprived, as a current owner, Wozniak admits to liking the computer. He does say that the need for external connectors for Ethernet and DVD functionality are inconvenient, but that the screen and keyboard make the device very likeable.

" I don't think it's a benefit if you have to carry around a DVD player with you, a couple of extra dongles to connect to Ethernet and things, and maybe an extra hard disk to carry your music on... but still, it's the appearance. I really like it," said Wozniak of the ultraportable.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. thinkman

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Woz is a Was!

    When will this has-been keep his mouth shut - who cares what he thinks anymore! And, when will you, MacNN, stop repeating his spew?

  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re:woz is a was!

    Wow, someone got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning! Why are Woz's opinions any more/less valid that any of the dozens of others that get reported on here or elsewhere. I read the article. The pros and cons he lists are pretty much the same/similar to everyone else's. So then, I guess if he is "spewing" then pretty much everyone else is, too.

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Yawn

    With all due respect to Woz and his past accomplishments, I think this dude really needs to get lost. The more he talks about Apple the clearer it is that he's simply pissed that he's been excommunicated. Public display of inferiority complex is not cool. If Apple is making so many bad decisions why are they No.1 on almost every chart? Exactly! Good night Woz!

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Yup....

    ...been wondering exactly what the Woz has been doing for the past er...twenty years. Guess we have to listen to his drivel now that Raskin is dead!

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Again??

    Remember this: http://macobserver.com/article/2005/12/08.6.shtml?ppp=50&p=224692&sid=98aea0143069a59d7b974b3a9725ea91

    --DarelRex@gmail.com

  1. JuanGuapo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    I think...

    ...that Woz is starting to get 'on in years' and is struggling to be heard. He's a nice enough guy but who are 'we' to tell him what he should do? Personally, he is probably just feeling "left out" of the whole thing....and when all else fails, criticize!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    jealous

    No, Woz isn't jealous. All you 'whiners' are the jealous ones, for you wish someone would even care when you spoke.

    If Woz was such a has-been, then wouldn't everyone ignore him? Yet here he is speaking, and apparently one person thought it was worthy enough of listening.

    But since you all just like to slam people when you're not slobbering over Jobs' a**, please explain to us, who are too stupid to understand, apparently, what Woz says that is wrong? As ender says, at worse he just has the same opinions as a lot of people. In fact, he basically says "I like them, but there are some flaws". Wow, talk about your scathing reviews.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: i think

    ...that Woz is starting to get 'on in years' and is struggling to be heard.

    Yeah, that's why a group got him to give a keynote address. Because everyone wants their keynotes to be done by has-been old-timers who have nothing worth saying.

  1. russellb

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Woz

    Get a life ... go create something yourself and then we might listen... be happy you get free Apple product.

    Re the 24hr rental .. go bag out the movie studios, it's not a limitation of the Apple TV or the device you were asked to comment on. A more educated comment might have been "Apple TV could be even greater if the movie studios would give up on their arcadian restrictions"

    Re the tiny remote .. I love it ! it's quick , it's simple I dont have to look at which 101 buttons I am pressing in the dark ... unlike for example my 101 button home theatre receiver control .. I have to turn the lights on just to see that I press the correct buttons. The only single thing that may be a slight pain with apple TV is if you have multiple itunes accounts it would be nice if it had a list of your accounts.

    Woz go home ... tell someone who cares

  1. ccrider

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    hmm

    if he was still working at apple he'd be soooo fired..

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