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

39. nebula

Posts: 1009; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

PA sort the f**k out comment layout. Thanks.

35. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

The next big thing will come from a drone company. That thing is called flying car.

28. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Steve go home you're drunk..

26. lightyears

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

Today SAMSUNG is the Technology leader. Apple languishing behind Google and Microsoft.

33. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Don't give your phone to your kids.....

25. lightyears

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 24, 2015

Foolish comment. As Apple has stopped coming out with next big thing for last 10 years

12. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; 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?

23. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Having many followers doesn't make you always right. By your logic, the ISIS leader should never change.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No one has done more following the past five years than Apple. All they do is react anymore.

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: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

He'd have had a product. Used cars.

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/

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: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

4. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

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

7. buccob

Posts: 2982; 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: 3191; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

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

8. iushnt

Posts: 3191; 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?

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; 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: 2982; 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

2. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3208; 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.

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