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."