Wozniak says that the next big thing in tech will come from Tesla, not Apple

Wozniak says that the next big thing in tech will come from Tesla, not Apple
Apple co-founder Steve Woznikak might know a thing or two about innovation. He also might know a thing or two about innovators, and for now he is betting that the next big thing in tech will be coming from Elon Musk and Tesla, not from Apple. Talking about the success of the Tesla Model S, the Woz said it worked because Musk built the device for himself. "When things come from yourself, knowing what you'd like very much and being in control of it...that's when you get the best products," he said.

Apple's size and age apparently puts it at a disadvantage. When discussing the names of some of the companies in tech that have "changed the world", Wozniak mentions Tesla, Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft. He notes that they came from young people, and were not spun out of big businesses.


Apple is now a big company with the largest valuation of all time. It also has the largest cash hoard ever recorded by a company at $286 billion. And while that sounds like a company that has made it, according to Wozniak it doesn't sound like a company that will father the next big thing in tech.

source: Bloomberg via CNET

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39 Comments

1. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017

"according to Wozniak it doesn't sound like a company that will father the next big thing in tech" Apple or Google can always buy the company that does come up with the next big thing.

17. lyndon420

Posts: 6796; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

I'm hoping Elon and Tesla doesn't sell out to anyone... would be nice to see a different company shake everything up for once.

34. Bankz

Posts: 2548; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This.

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Apple has been "protecting the lead" since Jobs passed away. The prevent defense doesn't work in the NFL (just ask the Atlanta Falcons) and it certainly won't work in tech.

10. HanoiBoi

Posts: 43; Member since: May 05, 2016

"passed away??" WTF is wrong with you milquetoast Nancy's?

14. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

... What was wrong with that wording exactly? I'm sorry, does everyone need to say the word died? deceased? dead as a door nail? Give me a break. Sometimes it's just a sign of respect. Let people choose their own words.

36. AmashAziz

Posts: 2930; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Apparently, he's a kid Secondly, he either doesn't know Steve passed away. Or worse, he doesn't even know who he was.

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You wanna go to your trailer park and tell your momma you got your a$$ kicked by a milquetoast? Polite people use polite terms, a POS like you obviously doesn't.

24. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

What's your problem? You seem to be clinging to anything lauthian he says. That looks unreasonable.

37. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3139; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I wasn't replying to Luuthian. You don't know how to read threaded conversations do you?

15. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

This is probably the best description of the current trends that seem to be coming from Apple. They're protecting profit margins. Over the short term that can work but eventually someone's is going to take their ball away. Nothing wrong with taking things other companies do and refining them. When you've got over $200 bil in the bank though and you don't seem to be using it on anything that'll keep your company ahead of the curve, that's when you know you've reached the end point of capitalism. Or in this case... innovative growth.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31108; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple is a dope company, but it's big, comfortable, and conservative. That means, they're resting on their laurels, and not taking huge risks. Right now, Apple is more (if it ain't broke, don't fix it). I'm very curious, though not really excited, to see the 2017 lineup. More of the same, or a walk off homerun...we'll see.

6. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The problem is, darkkjedii, that at this point, the iPhone 8 / Galaxy S9 / or whatever is the next best phone, will not be the next revolutionary thing that Woz is talking about... It will be a nice evolution, probably with an improved edge-to-edge screen and a fingerprint scanner behind the display, but even then it won't be something that disrupt the industry... The first iPhone WAS that device... The first iPad also disrupted at its time... But right now a disrupting product will probably come from the car industry where everyone is investing big.

20. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

Very well said

4. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

The last big things is tech were the iPhone and the iPad.

7. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I agree... They shaped the future of smartphones (directly) and computers (indirectly)... I do think that accelerated adoption of USB type C becomes the next big thing in tech, beyond what Type A was... But Microsoft is not on board yet, and even though I own a Surface Book, I'd love for Everything Thunderbolt 3 (even though it's not feasible in mobile yet)

13. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

And still 10 years later, Apple is still making iPhones and iPads. Where's the innovation? In that 10 year time, Microsoft, Google, Sony and Samsung have techs left and right.

18. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Hey, give an example of new big thing from Microsoft or Google or Sony or Samsung is the last 10 years?

22. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Microsoft: Surface, Hololens. Google: Agnostic ecosystem. Samsung: Original Galaxy Note.

38. iushnt

Posts: 3108; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Samsung has brought a lot of hardware innovations: Display, Chips, SSDs, Memory, Cameras and many more.

8. iushnt

Posts: 3108; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Lol, what else to expect from you.

19. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Can you say no?

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

"They usually came from young people" Elon Musk is already old.. he's 40ish as I remember :-/ Tesla's Co-founder is even older (Martin Eberhard)

30. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

40 is old? Christ, what I wouldn't give to be 40 again.

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The next big thing in tech is already happening via an iOS app that's changing the world of video editing: http://realbusiness.co.uk/tech-and-innovation/2017/05/04/chauffeuring-steve-wozniak-worked-like-a-charm-for-video-editing-app-founder/

11. HanoiBoi

Posts: 43; Member since: May 05, 2016

Woz is a big dope. He stumbled on an emrging niche and then let himself repeatedly get ripped off and shat upon. MAGA

29. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Without Wozniak, Steve Jobs would've been a salesman without a product.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17365; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He'd have had a product. Used cars.

12. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

of course, Apple as hit their golden ages and are over. They are solely living off of their brand. That can change, however, they would need to get their head out of their butt's. Their management would need to change for that to happen though. As of right now they are all playing it too safe

21. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Why changing if the others are doing nothing except following you?

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