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Wozniak willing to consider return to Apple

updated 03:25 pm EDT, Fri April 8, 2011

Says Apple 'could be more open'

Steve Wozniak says he would "consider" going back to work at Apple if he was asked, according to Reuters. Wozniak helped found Apple in 1976 with the help of Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne, and was responsible for building the Apple I and the Apple II. While continuing to receive pay, however, he has not had an active job with the company since 1987.

Wozniak's current position is as the chief scientist of Fusion-io. "There's just an awful lot I know about Apple products and competing products that has some relevance, some meaning," he adds. "They're my own feelings, though." He describes the current state of the company as "unbelievable," a constant stream of "quality and hits."

He differs with Jobs though in arguing that the company should open up its platforms. The only way to sync content with an iOS device is through iTunes, and there are severe limits on what can officially run on the hardware; all apps must, for instance, be approved by Apple. Wozniak notes that he likes open technology so he can "get in there and add my own touches."

"My thinking is that Apple could be more open and not lose sales," he says. He nevertheless comments that the company is probably "making the right decisions for the right reasons for Apple."






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  1. dliup

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Woz's new job

    Official position: Apple jester:
    http://obamapacman.com/2010/04/steve-woz-demonstrates-laws-of-physics-magic-trick-to-apple-store-ipad-queue/

    =p

  1. InfraredAD

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Problem is..

    It's not just about sales. Quality over quantity, among other things.

  1. The Vicar

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    Ugh -- keep him out

    Wozniak is not the super-genius that so many people think. He came up with some clever circuitry back in the late 1970s/early 1980s -- and "clever" is not even always the same thing as "good". He has quite frequently made public statements which later turned out to be wrong. I doubt he's as much of an egomaniac as certain other retired tech folks (*cough* Paul Allen *cough*) but that doesn't mean he should be welcomed back, either.

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    Think long term

    "My thinking is that Apple could be more open and not lose sales,"

    He's right. If Apple were more 'open' they probably would get a flood of new sales immediately. However, being more 'open' would break the awesome simplicity that Apple has created, thus making them no different than anyone else. Long term, Apple fades away.

  1. Oliver_Clozoff

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    Woz Rules--Give Him Free Reign

    Apple-lovers should forever pay homage to Woz. He is great, he is eccentric, he is cool in his own way.

    If he wanted to tie an Apple logo statue to his bumper and drag it around the corporate parking lot (like George Costanza did to a Yankees World Series trophy once on Seinfeld), then I say we should let him.

    Woz rules!

  1. facebook_Randy

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    Joined: Apr 2011

    +5

    Newsworthy??

    Wozniak just says things like this to stay in the media. "If he was asked" He wasn't. Hey macnn, here's your next big breaking story...I'd consider working at Apple,too... "if I was asked"!

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Yes... he is a super genius...

    read his book iWoz. He does realize he is not the business giant that Jobs is however. They made a great team. he is also clever. He's the kind of guy who can solve problems right away in technical issues and he has the brain to understand what others are doing. Correct, he is not an egomaniac... he just gets it. He KNOWS Apple wouldn't let him get away with Open Source, but he also knows that Jobs realizes this isn't some High School geek head too. He's a constant experimenter and the kind of guy who will tell you the truth about a product... Apple will always need that. And, he probably understands S. Jobs better than almost anyone else, and Jobs understands him.
    As to those "off the cuff" remarks which missed the mark? Supposedly many if not all were taken out of context or misunderstood. He is NOT the moron the media can be.

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -21

    Woz Loves OPEN!


    OPEN is the answer. OPEN is the key.
    Android = OPEN
    Therefore: Woz Loves Android!

    >>>Wozniak notes that he likes open technology so he can "get in there and add my own touches."

    There you have it. Wozniak is a closet Android Fan! He likes to customize his Droid the way he likes it.
    Try that with your girly iDevices.

    E-NUFF-SAID

    Drroid!


    - Sent from my Android Device.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    not everybody

    wants to fiddle with their mobile OS.

  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    it'd be nice

    Steve Wozniak cannot return to Apple to be a partner or equal to Steve Jobs, and he knows it.

    He would be a famous personality at Apple, but I don't think he'd distract from Jobs work or take from his power.

    It would actually be kind of fun to have Woz at Apple, he's a well liked figure, and certainly capable of contributing on projects.

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