Watch Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak discuss the past, current and future of Apple



Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was interviewed on CNBC Tuesday, and the easy-going, affable tech legend made it clear that he sees much more life ahead for the company. When asked by the network's Scott Wapner how he responds to those who say that Apple's best days are behind it, the "Woz" said, "I've heard it before. For ever and ever almost." He continued by adding that while he's not privy to exactly what is happening at Apple behind the scenes, there are always a number of new projects "that will have big significance in the future."

Wozniak made it clear that he expects Apple to be around for a long, long time and ironically compared the potential longevity of the firm he helped start with IBM. The latter was Apple's big rival in the early years of the home computer industry. Speaking about those days, the Woz said that he never formed a company for the money. Instead, he said that he helped create Apple to help make great computers for the world. He added that he wanted to reach people and the way to do that was through a company.

When questioned whether Apple is still innovating after the iPhone, Wozniak uses his experience with a Samsung Galaxy handset to explain the difference between a feature and an innovation. The latter, he says, is something that changes our lives. However, as an example of Apple's innovation, he mistakenly says that Touch ID was the first fingerprint scanner on a smartphone. That honor actually belonged to the Motorola ATRIX 4G. However, Motorola's first biometric scanner was not nearly as accurate or as successful as Touch ID. Another innovation he pointed out was Apple Pay.

When CNBC's Wapner asked Wozniak what he thought co-founder Steve Jobs might think of Apple today, Wozniak said that he "would be very happy with the company." He pointed out that Jobs always put Apple's customers ahead of the technology itself, which he says the company is still doing today. He also had praise for Apple's current CEO and Jobs' successor, Tim Cook. He said that he likes Cook's focus on human rights.

It is a fascinating interview that also touches on things like Apple's involvement in self-driving cars, Tesla and Elon Musk. Take a few minutes to watch the whole clip, which you can view by tapping on the video at the top of this article.

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16 Comments

1. hjl2345

Posts: 89; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

He pointed out that Jobs always put Apple's customers ahead of the technology itself, which he says the company is still doing today. Not sure if I agree with you here chief.

2. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Fastest chip. Fastest phone to sell $1000.

3. IT-Engineer

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Fastest chip in benchmarks yes, and that it because of the size of the cache on the chip. But not the fastest phone, the Oneplus 6T and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro beat the iphone xs in speed tests regarding apps launching and switching and boot time and restart time. Check youtube bro.

5. hjl2345

Posts: 89; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

Fastest chip doesn't really have to do with putting customers ahead of tech itself. How about the fact that a 1000 dollar phone doesn't come with a quick charger or a 12 dollar headphone dongle out of the box? How is this considering the customer first?

7. IT-Engineer

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

Exactly

4. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Fruit company has no future tech wise.

11. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Sure.

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Phone Arena points out that Wozniak was wrong with his statement about TouchID being first and then propagate the error by saying it was the Atrix 4G that had the first FPS on a smartphone. Almost a full year earlier Motorola had the first FPS on a smartphone but it was the ES400, not the Atrix. Android and iOS may rule the roost today, but back then there were a few others and they were the true innovators. You could argue FaceID is innovative but there was iris recognition before it to lay down the framework for the idea. Samsung Pay is one of a kind so I'll give them that. Capacitive display is decidedly Apple's to take credit for and got the ball rolling to what we have today. Outside of these, there has been no innovation to speak of. Existing technologies have evolved and improved greatly, but nothing new invented.

9. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

FaceID? 64bit SoC? Reversible connector? Etc. Aren't these unique features for phones for their times? And innovations? Don't bring other device types into this conversation

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

64-bit chips were made by ARM, not Apple. I already gave credit for FaceID and seriously? Reversible connector is all you could come up with? It's a variation of tried and true USB. I guess icons with rounded corners scores high on your list too.

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

What I meant was the first 64bit chip on a phone. You said iris laid framework for faceid. No it didn't! Faceid doesn't even scan your iris...... it's a completely different tech. And iPhone X was the first phone to have a fully working 3D face scanner on any phone. And I also said reversible connector, not lightning. Because USB-C wouldn't arrive till much later on other phones. The idea of a connector being reversible first arrived on iPhone as far as I know. Not saying Aplle invented it. But implemented it first on a phone. I hope I made myself clear.

15. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I gave Apple credit for FaceID twice but you seem fixated on it. I didn't say iris scanners laid the foundation for FaceID, I said it laid the foundation for the IDEA. Learn how to read and comprehend. No matter how you slice it, the Lightning connector wasn't innovative in any way imaginable. It's merely a more convenient way of connecting via USB considering the fustercluck 30-pin system they had before. FaceID and capacitive displays are all the iPhone has to hang its hat on when it comes to innovation after 11 years. Sorry, but everything else is just a better rendition of someone else's work. Palm had more than that in webOS's 1st year alone starting with wireless charging.

16. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Your post doesn't make much sense to me. But that's just my own opinion. Btw how did "iris' scanner lay the framework for "face"ID? Kindly enlighten me. Thnx in advance.

8. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Hmmm, I don't think Apple's main priority is pleasing customers today, unlike what Jobs said. Apple just wants to take advantage of it's cult following and make massive profits, which it has always achieved with iPhones. But if customer satisfaction was Apple's top priority, they wouldn't remove the FPS, or not give us the option to hide the notch. Don't know why but Wozniak seems delusional here.... :/

10. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Unlike what Wozniak said* (3rd line)

12. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Good job on PA's behalf for talking about the guy that everyone forgot about

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