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Wozniak says the Apple iPhone is "somewhat behind" on smartphone features

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak was attending Businessweek's Best Brand Awards and made some interesting comments about the Apple iPhone. First, the Woz noted how proud he was of the many loyal fans of Apple's iconic smartphone. But in the same breath, Wozniak warned that loyalty is not a given and that it is still up to Apple to produce the best products. Wozniak then added that in his opinion, the Apple iPhone has fallen behind in terms of smartphone features. He said that other manufacturers have caught up to Apple. Wozniak pointed out that Samsung is a "big competitor" that is making "great products".

The Woz says that the iPhone has fallen behind in smartphone features

The Woz says that the iPhone has fallen behind in smartphone features

On Wednesday, we told you that Apple and Samsung together accounted for 103% of smartphone profits last year. Apple is currently selling its 6th generation Apple iPhone 5 while Samsung has a couple of hot models with the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung GALAXY Note II. While Wozniak's comments praised the Korean manufacturer, Apple and Samsung are gearing up for the sequel to last year's heavyweight courtroom showdown over allegedly infringed patents. The first case resulted in a $1.05 billion jury verdict for Apple, although Samsung has said that it would appeal the decision.

Samsung has turned its Galaxy S line into the flagship Android model. Like the Apple iPhone, which every year introduces a new model that fans and pundits wait for by guessing at the new features, the Samsung Galaxy S III was leaked over the course of months until it was introduced. Samsung has packed a number of features into its new models such as multiwindows which allows users to split the screen in half to run two apps at once; Smart Stay which keeps the phone from going to sleep if the front-facing camera sees that you aren't; and S Beam which lets two Samsung Galaxy S III models tap to share files, photos and videos. Samsung even used the S Beam on its commercials making fun of Apple iPhone users waiting on line for the next model.

I am proud that we have such loyal fans. But this loyalty is not given, the need to have the best products is always there. Currently we are in my opinion somewhat behind with features in the smartphone business. Others have caught up. Samsung is a big competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products.-Steve Wozniak

source: electronista

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posted on 07 Feb 2013, 15:06 70

1. nwright94 (unregistered)

Somewhat? I love my iPhone but it is far more than somewhat behind.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 15:57 3

25. Mxyzptlk (unregistered)

I think he's being a little nutty. The iPhone is anything but behind. If working great outside the box is behind, then I don't want to see what ahead looks like.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 16:03 46

29. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

FEATURES... it's too bad I can't bold the word for you

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 16:07 16

33. maccess (Posts: 742; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


posted on 07 Feb 2013, 23:51 2

125. Mittal (Posts: 494; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

That is obviously a more diplomatic way of saying it
I respect him for saying that in public

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 16:12 26

41. Droiddoes (unregistered)

Yeah cuz I'm sure your dumb ass is so much more informed than Steve Wozniak, and your bad opinions hold much more clout.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 17:40 26

75. joey_sfb (Posts: 6540; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Couldn't agree with him more, I used to love iOS and it was great at 2007 but its really a dumb phone in 2013 standard.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 23:55 16

126. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

It's always been a dumb phone, and it will be until they give it an OS not made for a feature phone. It relies on apps to do ANYTHING, like a feature phone. It has WiFi, which is rare among feature phones, but otherwise it is just like any feature phone.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 07:02 8

141. Aeires (unregistered)

That comment nailed it. Apple's "there's an app for that" marketing proved they relied on developers to fill in the gaps they created by having such a simplified OS. Fortunately for them the developers brought it, but by today's standards they are falling behind.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 22:14

151. Phullofphil (Posts: 805; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)

Why did you get all those thumbs up for being a d**k. He was just saying that its cool that sombody came out and told it like it was instead of praising there own product and pretending that there are no other. Maybe he don't understand him that we'll but you should atliest see where he is coming from instead of being weird about it like Wozniak is some god. I mean he did a lot of great things in the past but the dude is kind of out of the game as of late except for being a super tech geek like I am. Does woz even contribute anything but his opinion any more. I think as far as making an impact in today's time the woz iz just living of of past accomplishments. I wish he would get more nvolved with a company more. (I hope I am not wrong about him being not involved but I am under the impression that he is semi retired state)

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 16:44 5

57. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1737; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

What a stupid statement, if great is behind then ahead would be even better. Why would you not want to see what that looks like?

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 17:01 23

67. D_Tech-tive (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

How's the weather in the state of Denial?

Your not looking a head cause your looking out the wrong end!

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 17:02

68. MrJerry (Posts: 403; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)

you are prasad @gsmarena right?

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 17:57 16

78. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)

Don't feed the troll that is Mxyzptlk. There is no talking to him about anything other than iOS.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 19:21

96. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

Kind of like you and Verizon, mate?

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 08:41

143. androiddownsouth (Posts: 598; Member since: 02 May 2012)

Verizon does offer the best LTE and the best overall coverage. There are some things I don't agree with like forcing people to do away with their unlimited data, b/c those customers have generally been long time customers. Other than that, hey, you get what you pay for. Better service, better coverage overall. If another carrier suits you best, then more power to you, I'm not going to tell you you are wrong for that. Just don't tell me that some other carrier can offer service above and beyond Verizon, b/c it's just not true.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 18:10 18

79. jacko1977 (Posts: 428; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

you know ios is a stolen product of android right why do you think it had no features when it came out cause apple rushed the stolen product out to make it look like apple was first

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 18:29

81. darkkjedii (Posts: 24449; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Man please sit down somewhere with that. When google bought android it wasn't even based on touch screen devices.

posted on 10 Feb 2013, 17:31

148. jacko1977 (Posts: 428; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

then google bought it they changed it so

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 18:55 26

87. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

The iPhone is behind the times fresh out of box, mxy....wake up

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 18:58 17

88. tedkord (Posts: 13872; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

I think you're being little intentionally blind. The rest of the world sees it, you should open you eyes and check it out.

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 21:56 13

118. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Does the iPhone have NFC, yes or no? The Woz said....somewhat...behind.

I would say the Woz is spot on...

posted on 07 Feb 2013, 23:30 13

124. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

its clear that u and galiotking are still TOO THICK HEADED & dumb too realize how much behind apple is in technology. all they do once a year too take a few inch off their design nothing new NO QUAD CORE no 5" or 4.8" screen same boring iOS. u only care for APPLE's success and their winning for lawsuits. you shouldn't even be on this site talking bout your beloved FRUIT when you're not making sense at all

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 01:51 4

131. gallitoking (Posts: 4721; Member since: 17 May 2011)

you are the thick headed that cannot understand that not everyone thinks likes you and for some people specs are not everything.. it if were.. there would not be any mid to low end devices.. right.. for you iOS might be boring but for me is not,... learn how to respect other people opinion not everyone will think like you..

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 02:27

134. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)

For this instance, I'll give you a +1. I agree specs aren't everything....

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 02:31 2

135. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

Spec wise it's not a big deal considering iOS run just fine. However, you must admit what they say about features is true and Apple really is behind in terms of features.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 15:51 2

146. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

I do respect you're opinion. but u keep saying the same crap on every other article how how you keep saying ANDROID copies APPLE. you also keep saying their #1 AT SALES. u also says that SAMSUNG deserve too pay APPLE the law suit for 1 billion dollars in damages that's what I don't RESPECT bout opinions. keep saying stuff like that you will annoyed a lot of people. like COPYING

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 12:26

152. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


posted on 08 Feb 2013, 03:10 4

136. tmcblog (Posts: 19; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)

my brother still gets app crashes and automatic reboot although It's the latest iOS.

posted on 08 Feb 2013, 05:32 5

140. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

dude get your head out of your...butt-pucker!
Woz is nutty...yeah genius why dont Apple take advise from you?
Woz is one of the geniuses of today and he along with Jobs built the vision for Apple...dont forget that!

Woz has started sayin it and if Apple have any decency left in them then they'll heed his words and get their act together or end up as they were in 1997!

dudd you really need to stop trolling and get a life!

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