The Woz loves the Apple Watch

The Woz loves the Apple Watch
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is as honest as they get. He's called out Apple at times for "losing its cool" and for its lack of innovation, and he has been known to use devices made by Apple's competition. Thus, we have to take the harsh comments he made about the Samsung Galaxy Gear last summer as being his real and honest opinion about the smartwatch. The Woz said that he got rid of the device on eBay after half a day because it was worthless. What he is looking for in a smartwatch is more than "just a little Bluetooth connection to the smartphone." What he seeks is a feature-rich stand-alone timepiece.

While the Apple Watch doesn't exactly fit that description, Wozniak talked about the Apple timepiece in an interview with the BBC. Obviously a big fan of the device, the Woz said "Apple makes their products more fun than anyone else...it’s going to be so special, everyone is going to notice...everyone who owns Apple products will buy it. That means millions of people will buy this watch right from the start." He points out the huge edge that the Apple Watch will have from diabetics who could use the watch to monitor their blood sugar around the clock instead of having to draw blood a few times a day. As for his own timepiece, the Woz uses a unique 45-year old watch made up of three vacuum tubes that turn on to tell him the time only when he moves his wrist, which saves on battery life.

So what's next from Apple? The man who co-founded the company along with Steve Jobs talks about self-driving cars, drones and Artificial Intelligence. He says that better voice recognition will make the biggest difference for people like himself. And while he has been in touch a couple of times with actor Seth Rogen, who is going to play him in the upcoming Universal Pictures' biopic of Steve Jobs, he says that he is loath to give directions to him because it could only lead to problems for the movie.

Check out the BBC interview with Wozniak by clicking on the video below.



source: BBCNews via BGR

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82 Comments

55. dwor1

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 21, 2014

Apple shareholder praises forthcoming Apple product! Can't imagine why.

53. EnigmaticPsychotic

Posts: 70; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

Can we please stop reporting every time Woz makes a statement on something? It's hardly ever newsworthy.

49. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

"monitor their blood sugar around the clock" which needs an external device and their app (and has been done on a pebble too) And around the clock is hardly the case when the battery life won't allow this. But Woz is right, the Apple watch will be more fun with the doodles, sending heartbeats and other gimmicks, Android Wear is more designed to be out of the way. Not to be an extra attention seeker

47. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Well I hate the Apple watch. Make a news article about me.

37. Metropolis75

Posts: 200; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Can't tell from the article if he actually has his hands on one.

28. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I don't like this guy and I've said this even when he was trashing Apple. Something seems off about him.

25. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Battery life of all smartwatch still sucks. If it lasts 3-4 days min Im interested. if not... gtfo

36. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Non AndroidWear Samsung will suit you

21. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Hugo Barra loves Mi Note. Kazuo Hirai loves Xperia Z3. Richard Yu loves Mate 7. J.K Shin loves Galaxy Note 4. Seriously, this man said he loves the Apple Watch is nothing to write home about, and was expected. PA is just taking this guy too seriously. This ain't news.

39. DirtyDan23

Posts: 280; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Exactly my thoughts

18. maherk

Posts: 7102; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

So he sold his Galaxy Gear after using it for less than a day because he wanted a feature-rich stand-alone timepiece, then he goes on to praise the Apple watch and make it sound like it is all about innovation?? Hypocrisy much?

17. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

uhm not a good reasons i think, but apple watch is kinda bulky and ugly for sure. But it's not released yet so, maybe Apple has quite some time to refine their product. But i'm sure millions of people will buy it.

19. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

What is ugly about it? So you think because it's not round, it's ugly? It's funny because I bet you were one of those people praising the Gear when it was released and then you realized no one was buying it. Now that Apple has a square watch, it must be a fail because the Gear didn't sale. Guess what, your Jesus watch the Moto 360 still isn't selling. I guess no one wants smart watches right? Wait till April.

22. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Just because it will sell in the millions, doesn't mean it's the greatest thing ever. See comment 6, that tells you a bit right there about their customer base. When none of the public has even seen the watch up close or held it in their hand, but proclaim it the greatest, you have to call into question their objectivity. I have the Moto360, but it was never a lock that I was going to keep it until I saw and used it for myself. And the only reason I bought it sight unseen is that I had no way to try it out in a store, and there was a return period for it in case I didn't like it. Otherwise, I would've passed. As for if it's beautiful or ugly, that's every person's personal opinion. Are those no longer allowed anymore?

24. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Also, when you refer to something as a Jesus (insert device name here), it sounds like your priorities are out of whack. It's a piece of technology, not the second coming, no matter what the advertising says.

58. Mxyzptlk unregistered

"that's every person's personal opinion. Are those no longer allowed anymore?" Pot kettle black

63. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Right back at ya Nostradumba$$. And BTW, that was about design, which is completely subjective. How well a device physically operates is something that can be measured and rated.

70. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol wtf? Can't take what you try to dish?

74. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

My god if you were any dumber you'd be a rock. Calling out someone about using faulty data or having a difference of opinion on which device has better performance is one thing, because AS I SAID in my last post, those can be measured, so there is facts to support one side or the other. Design is solely based on individual user's opinion. How can that be measured? It can't, because no one is right or wrong, that's simply their opinion. There are no facts to back up if a design is good or bad, unless you're talking structural design. And then it only factors into how well a particular design will operate. Will it buckle under pressure, or will it be solid? That's the only way a design can be factually good or bad.

78. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You sound really pretentious. We all know what an opinion is. You seem to have trouble understanding it otherwise we wouldn't be having this discussion. No one is forcing you to buy the iWatch if you feel that strongly about it.

82. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Apparently you don't. Diezparda said he thought the design was ugly, and nctx jumped down his throat about it. Just because Diez doesn't like the design himself is that a reason for that to happen? Opinions on designs or looks are subjective, they're only right or wrong for each person. Some people think Angelina Jolie is the hottest thing out there, some don't. Neither is right or wrong.

38. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

it's a matter of personal taste & aesthetic sense, and you think you know me? No you are wrong Apple fans (i never own samsung gear and it's ugly too - even worse). And why tag Jesus along? LOL... Like i care if Moto 360 didn't sell while Apple break selling record, Apple product is so popular (i don't have any problem with that). I don't need to wait till april, Moto 360 is much more beautiful and classy compared to Apple watch even Asus Zenwatch is better. I don't understand your logic, but most people buying watch as an accessories so beauty is essential.

13. Orion78

Posts: 239; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

Ok and?

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 31807; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

All of a sudden Woz is no longer cool in robot land.

14. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

""Apple makes their products more fun than anyone else...it’s going to be so special, everyone is going to notice...everyone who owns Apple products will buy it. That means millions of people will buy this watch right from the start." At least in the article, he doesn't mention any objective reasons why it is better. Usually he does have rational reasons for using other stuff.

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I wouldn't say that. I have no problem with him liking the Apple watch, some people will, some won't. Just because he likes it doesn't mean his opinion no longer matters, he's one of the men that launched the technology race we are currently benefitting from. But I would also say that the opposite happens when he praises an Android device. All of the sudden he's washed up and not right in the head. The man knows his $h!t period, whether he backs Apple, Android, WP, or BB for that matter. People who bash him when he likes something they don't isn't giving credit where it's due.

11. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

The "Woz" never declared his love for the iWatch, but just that Apple lemmings will buy them. He's probably right about lemmings.

9. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

His reasons were not good, he isn't always right

7. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Hugo barra love mi note Steve kondik love one plus Stupid articles

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

iWatch is the greatest confirmed

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