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Wozniak says if he were running Apple, he would partner with Google

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Wozniak says if he were running Apple, he would partner with Google
Could you imagine a world in which Apple and Google were partners? Steve Wozniak can, and the Apple co-founder told the BBC in an interiew that "I wish to God that Apple and Google were partners in the future." The living legend is impressed with the way Google's search engine fuels Android speech recognition, especially when compared to Apple's Siri. "Sometimes I say 'Go to Joe's Diner' and [Siri] doesn't know where Joe's Diner is. And very often usually I find out that Android does."

Wozniak admits that he doesn't know much about the business end of things which could prevent such an Apple-Google partnership from happening. He does understand that a company needs to make money, although he firmly believes that an Apple-Google combination could produce improvements in wearable tech, like smartwatches or AR glasses. "For about three or four years I've been talking about organic LED displays that could be theoretically printed on plastic, wrapped and folded. It could be on the inside of your arm and then when you flip your arm up it could actually flip open into your own hand. I want a full smartphone-like capability on my wrist. The trouble is the more I think about it, I don't want the small size."

"I believe you should have a world where you've got to license something at a fair price. There are good things I see on Samsung phones that I wish were in my iPhone. I wish Apple would use them and could use them, and I don't know if Samsung would stop us."-Steve Wozniak

As far as the patent battle are concerned, Wozniak believes that companies should be able to buy a license from other companies at a fair price. He says that there are some features on Samsung handsets that he would like to see on the iPhone. As we head toward the holiday season, the Woz has a business-style message for peace on earth. "I wish everybody just did a lot of cross-licensing and sharing the good technology, all our products would be better, we'd go further. I do wish they were more compatible."

source: BBCNews via CNET

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posted on 03 Nov 2013, 12:48 38

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Honestly, this is why I love Woz. This man is filled with ideas.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 15:05 3

33. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Normally I would dismiss the idea and call Woz a nutter but there's some parts where google and apple could work together and partner up. Ultimately though it wouldn't really be feasible and still maintain a competitive environment.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 17:22 16

42. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

That "nutter" is 75 percent of the reason there's an Apple for you to worship at all.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 17:32 4

44. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Yup, without the nutter, Apple wouldn't have been first to market with a floppy disk drive. Without the floppy disk drive at the time he developed it, microcomputers would not have had the ability to load multiple programs without some outrageously expensive disk or tape drive.

Wozniak is one of the true pioneers who contributed innovations that enabled the PC market to grow to what it has become. The other guy was a marketer. Wozniak created things.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 18:53

50. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

Steve Jobs created the line of idevices, which are the ones that saved Apple. I know Woz was instrumental in apple. That's not the point.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 01:10 1

65. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

"Created" is a strong word. Jobs was a brilliant businessman. He knew how to look at ideas and see what people would want, and how to make people want them.

However, the actual creation of the iDevices went to a whole team of people. Jobs may have made decisions about how the iDevices got made and what they contained, but he was far from actually building, engineering, or programming most, if not all of it.

So yeah, Jobs saved Apple with his business acumen, but without Wozniak, there wouldn't have even been an Apple to save. Please remember this the next time you think about dismissing Wozniak as a "nutter" who shouldn't be listened to.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 05:54 1

69. lyndon420 (Posts: 4960; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Steve is dead, and the company he helped found is dying fast. A prosperous company doesn't need to focus 99% of their resources on trying to kill off the direct competition. Apple is worried and they have every right to be.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 19:10 8

54. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 232; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)

...Droid_X_Doug...You're absolutely correct: The UC BERKELEY Engineer, Wozniak, was the TRUE inventor at Apple.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 07:21 1

71. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

WOZ is no business man... yes we love the tech/geek part of him but he can't run a business... lets be real.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 18:51

49. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

I don't worship apple. I just enjoy their quality products. I'm not dismissing Wozs contributions.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 05:58 1

70. lyndon420 (Posts: 4960; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

You couldn't say a bad thing about apple even if they stopped paying you.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 19:07 3

52. OldNorseBruin (Posts: 232; Member since: 12 Mar 2013)

...SNIGGLY, you're giving waaaaay too much credit ( if you mean the other 25% ) to Shyster-Jobs...

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 00:45 1

63. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

Peace on earth ended when god created lawyers and patents. Nice sentiments, and Kudos to Woz, but that ain't how the world works ;o)

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 01:07

64. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Apple and competitive environment? Apple wants all competition elimintated. -- remeber Thermonuclear crap so "shamelessly advertised" by the person who coined the same?

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 09:19

78. grapeseed87 (Posts: 123; Member since: 13 Mar 2013)

That nutter invented the concept of Modern PC and improved Pong for Jobs. Without him there NEVER would have been Apple.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 15:31 1

35. AnTuTu (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)

No wonder Woz is one of the best.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 17:56 4

48. skuld (Posts: 44; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)

The Wizard of Woz.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 16:38 2

37. Tommy1960i (Posts: 119; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

Why do we have to make everything to be owned or directed by google? I hate that. Android powered computers, telephones, gear, and so on.... where will you stop? I feel good that Apple will never partner with google, at least I hope so. We need to have this competition which will motivate everyone discover more and get better and better. And why every time an article says very nice things about Android everyone is happy and if it says something good about iPhone everyone of you gets mad? I just don't understand it. If you will go to Europe you will see that android phones are normal and average where the iPhone is regarded as a Premium phone wich shows quality, luxury and precission, 3 things that Android lacks.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 17:13

40. hiipurcult_ure (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Nov 2013)

i agree that we DO need this competition between google and apple. without it, nothing would be improved. google now would probably not have happened as soon as it has if siri was never introduced. likewise, siri would probably not improve and continue to improve if google now hadnt been developed.

whether you like iphones better or androids is all up to your personal opinion, but competition fuels diversity and improvements for all us smart phone enthusiasts.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 17:32 5

45. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Google had been working on Google Now a long time before Apple introduced Siri on iOS 6...

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 22:30 2

61. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

PapaSmurf, you are full of sh*t.


It came with iOS 5.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 07:30

75. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Oh no, I'm full of s--t for a simple typo. Oh no!

Do me a favor? Hop off. Seriously.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 17:31 4

43. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

I think you accidentally replied to me...

Any who, I wouldn't mind if Apple teamed with Google. The two greatest tech companies in the world merging into one would be kinda great. Yeah there should always be competition, but it would just motivate other companies to innovate and push more than they already are now.

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 17:20

41. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

This man is simply awesome!! If he's owner of apple all law suits will put at a end. Damn wish he was in charge. And siri still gets u lost.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 05:47 1

68. lyndon420 (Posts: 4960; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Agreed. The Woz is the only person that was involved with apple who deserves ongoing respect so far. If he was running apple maybe he could put out a product that would actually impress me enough to leave Google. Nah...that's borderline impossible-all we need is Google (breifly lost my mind there).

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 12:48 4

2. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

The woz is the source of all truth! (awesome picture of him!)

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 12:48 3

3. TomTheNerd (Posts: 67; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)

the picture is sorta creepy

posted on 03 Nov 2013, 12:48 6

4. cj100570 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 May 2009)

Can we nominate Woz for the Nobel prize?

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 09:15

77. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


posted on 03 Nov 2013, 12:50

5. improv (Posts: 96; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

That would be the day...

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