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

1. zig8100

Posts: 244; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

So what! Lol

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

So it's great

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7618; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Considering Steve was talking about the original Samsung Gear smart watch, that was originally running Android and not Android Wear or Tizen. Sure I sold that one as well, because it only had a 800 MHz CPU. I have a Gear Neo, Pebbles, and a number of Android Wear devices. For me, Android Wear offers the best features and options so far. I have yet to see an Apple Watch in person so I cannot comment on that Watch. However I have looked at the SDK for the Apple Watch. Android Wear has great voice actions and commands. I can even open up my Starbucks bar code with nothing else but a voice command, which is very convenient. Also from everything that I have heard and know about both platforms. Android Wear gives you two options for running applications. Apple currently only gives you one. Android Wear gives users the option to develop standalone applications, whereas the Apple Watch currently does not. You have to create a phone app in order to add Watch functionality to Apples Watch. Android Wear can do basically what Apple is offering as well. You can even take existing Android phone or tablet apps and inject some Android Wear code without the need to create an actual Android Wear app. So as it stands Android Wear offers more.

4. engineer-1701d unregistered

of course woz will talk sh*t about the gear its ok the gear solo is what he should have got or the android wear, but he will say apple watch is great because he makes money if apple sells them its just more money in the bank, the rest of the world knows apple is coming late to the game and not bringing anything with it just mooching of everyone else.

8. engineer-1701d unregistered

yes its not the apple watch turn wrist to turn on is the android wear.

43. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Woz loves anything with a battery, even Stephen Elop's "personal massager"...

54. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

yup.. nobody cares about him anyway

56. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Now that Woz endorses the Apple Watch, Andrones are turning against him.

59. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Are you really suprised Mxy?

66. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not surprised at all.

62. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

64. Sakeem

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Boom!!!!!!!

67. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What makes you think I'm doing the same thing? I haven't said he's cool or anything. He's liking the iwatch so it obviously must be good.

71. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Then why, when you've called him nutty or crazy when he either said something positive about Android or negative about Apple, now all of the sudden you take his word on it? Are you in the habit of taking advice from someone you think is crazy? Actually...that explains quite a bit.

75. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Because he was going crazy. The fact that after all he said about Android and how Andrones ate up every word but now he endorses the iWatch and now Andrones are ribbing him. I stand by with what I said about the Woz. That doesn't mean I can't agree with him here.

79. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So he's crazy when he likes Android, but OK when he likes Apple. And I didn't say that others weren't doing the same thing, just that you were calling them out when doing the same thing.

60. engineer-1701d unregistered

i guess they forgot to tell woz that the watch only has a heart rate monitor on it.

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

iWatch is the greatest confirmed

5. engineer-1701d unregistered

yes by a person that has stocks in the company and makes money for saying yes its great and people should buy this. he should be worrying about the mit patent infringing from 1997 more than the wearables. how the hell is he going to get his fat fingers to move around the tiny screen and roll the crown.

48. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

haha lol lol

6. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

We agree. Even if it's not confirmed, it is the: "marquee of prestige, emblem ". It will sell millions, above all Android watches, combined. We yet again salute Apple. We are with you all the way.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It always amazes me how people are 1000% behind something that they've never even had firsthand experience with. The way you talk, it's no wonder Apple products sell the way they do. You already know it's the greatest and you haven't even seen it in real life. I understand being excited about new tech, but maybe have some actual experience with it before proclaiming it's the best.

27. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

I have a friend that can't wait for the Apple refrigerator. He's already ordered it. I told him he's going to be waiting a long time since there is no such thing. He said he didn't care. He is is going to get it anyway because it's the best refridge in the whole land. John B.

29. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I thought he was mocking Mxyzptlk but I could be wrong.

34. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

You are definitely wrong, "We Say"!

52. darkkjedii

Posts: 31764; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

He is, that's Arte.

40. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I bet you wouldn't say that if my comment was the reverse. Gp on and prove me right. Checkmate

46. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

ANYONE who is all in for proclaiming something is the greatest, sight unseen, is an idiot. I've said I'm looking forward to Project Ara, but until I actually see it function myself, I'm not going to say it's the greatest thing on earth, nor am I going to condemn it, because all I have to go on is what the company says about it, and that means pretty much d!ck as far as believability. I can say the idea shows promise, and it could be great, assuming what they say is true, but until it's out in the real world, nothing is certain. It's funny how you act like you know what I'm going to say when, like with most anything else you say, you apparently don't have a clue. And BTW, check out comment 15, that was there before I posted the comment you replied to, and I even referenced it when I replied to Napalm.

57. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Of course I know what you are going to say. I know what you're going to say even before you say it. I don't care how you choose to be excited for something new. That's your choice. Why don't you stop being a hypocrite hypocrite and wanting me to think like you. I didn't see comment 15 at the time. Blame PA's comment structure.

61. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Oh wow, so you're a mind reader Myx? I would be thought you'd have enough trouble deciphering your own thoughts, let alone that of others. I don't care if you don't care how I choose my devices. The point was you can't proclaim something is the greatest when no one has seen or reviewed it yet.

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