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Woz calls for a more open Apple, likes Google’s openness

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Woz calls for a more open Apple, likes Google’s openness
If you look at Apple today, the first word that comes to the mind to describe the company for many is “closed” as in closed ecosystem, and as in the opposite to open. 

There are some good reasons for that - Apple doesn’t want cross platform development, it purposefully used Pentalobe screws to prevent you from opening your iPhone, and it even glued the iPad so it’s nearly impossible to change its battery when it dies.

Originally, though, Apple was a very open company. Co-founder Steve Wozniak called for a more open Apple, one that will look more like the company did back in the day when it embraced open-source.

I like a lot of the openness in Facebook and Google
To illustrate his point, he explained that when he built the Apple I, it was a machine intended to connect people to ARPAnet, a machine that made computing affordable at the time. He’d even go to people’s houses and help them assemble it, but most importantly “schematics of the Apple I were passed around freely,” Woz remembers.

“I like a lot of the openness in Facebook and Google, and Apple makes it difficult to get into (things like) calendars. I think Apple could be just as strong and good and be open. I’d like a programming language like Applescript on my iPad, but no, no no. There are a lot of things about the closed-ness of Apple I don’t like, and wouldn’t do myself. But obviously there’s a lot of quality to the products. If making it open wouldn’t make the quality the same we want to make it, I’d say keep it closed,” Woz said at his WOZLive tour.

Of course, we don’t expect Apple to change its course because of Wozniak’s comments, but isn’t that sentiment of at least some more openness in the Apple garden something that most people share? Let us know how you feel about it in the comments below.

source: iFixit

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posted on 18 May 2012, 04:27 7

1. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 636; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Conspiracy theory #78: Steve "Woz" Wozniak is intentionally placed puppet that in the recent news appears rather often to play the role of "the good guy" in Apple's "evil" headquarters, someone we can all indentify with.

His more frequent appearances are concurrent with the rise of negative attitude towards Apple's percieved uninventiveness and closed politics.

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:31

5. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


gotta agree with you

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:49 3

8. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


No offense, but you have to get out of the nerd world. The vast majority of consumers actually like Apple just fine and hold it in regards over most companies out there. Most of those same people don't know who the Woz is, only Steve Jobs. Most of those people are the buying power that makes Apple pretty rich. As long as those people are happy, no matter what you may name them, Apple doesn't really care what negative attitude nerds have...

posted on 18 May 2012, 10:25 5

11. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1655; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Says the guy in a nerd rage shirt using an iPhone...

posted on 18 May 2012, 17:20

14. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Dude, I'm a big nerd (hence the shirt). But when you are talking about a subject that deals with the average consumer, you have to abandon thinking like a nerd and think like a normal person who has a slight interest in technology. That's why the iPhone has done so well. It's easy for ANYONE to use and Apple understands that. That's the reason Android had such a hard time trying to convert people. They inundated people with facts that they had no clue about. When they changed and started gearing their ads to normal folks, sales took off.

So, if we speak of consumer matters, we have to think like a consumer not like nerds...like you and I...

posted on 18 May 2012, 13:00 1

13. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 636; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


This propaganda is not made for most Apple users, but for power users who constantly track the "atmosphere" of Apple's approach to consumers. In the world of tech enthusiasts, climate towards the Apple becomes more and more important, as they can generate viral trends, like they did with Samsung Galaxy S2, for example, which could eventually decrease Apple's reputation in the long run.

posted on 18 May 2012, 05:16 7

2. Vrils (Posts: 29; Member since: 17 Sep 2011)


without the USA mobile subsidies Apple would have died long ago
but in USA from gasoline to houses and phones people live on loan...

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:46 1

7. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I'm not sure how that's true since most of Apple's products are ridiculously expensive, ridiculously popular, but only the iPhone has a subsidy. No phone manufacturer would do well seeing as a lot of phone regularly priced are about $400 or $500. Apple is more expensive than that...but all of their products full price are more expensive. Hell their computers go for twice what a Windows based PC would and people still buy them.

posted on 18 May 2012, 08:22 1

9. greathero1 (Posts: 495; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Please bro. Subsidies are common everywhere. Not just exclusive to the US. They are probably more popular here because that is the model pushed by the carriers. As for people living on a loan, thats pretty much how it is everywhere. I finance my house to provide a roof over the head of my children and myself. I am not in Italy or some other eastern European country where you live with your mother until you are 35. There is nothing wrong with getting a loan as long as you know you can pay it back.

posted on 18 May 2012, 05:18 1

3. OuterHeaven1987 (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 May 2012)


He is not that much of a cold-blooded business guy, it appears.

posted on 18 May 2012, 05:55 3

4. ilia1986 (unregistered)


"I think Apple could be just as strong and good and be open"

I completely agree.

posted on 18 May 2012, 07:32 2

6. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


yeah but thats not gonna happen

posted on 18 May 2012, 09:29

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


"...glued the iPad so it’s nearly impossible to change its battery when it dies."

Yes, it reminds me this video:http://goo.gl/Ojfmx

posted on 18 May 2012, 11:00 1

12. lauremar (Posts: 181; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


Bring the Woz back to Apple as CEO!!!!

posted on 18 May 2012, 18:03 1

15. mas11 (Posts: 1032; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Good idea, but then how will Apple screw over its customers?

posted on 19 May 2012, 03:23

16. mercorp (Posts: 985; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


Why not join samsung,woz?

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