The Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, has spoken out about the company and the direction that it has taken in recent years, including his honest opinions about the Apple Watch.
In an Ask Me Anything on Reddit, the users of the massive forum site posed the questions that they wanted to ex-Apple member to answer. The questions ranged throughout his relationship with the company, to the products it has made and what he is doing now.
Since he left the company in 1985, Apple has grown and rocketed into new areas that Wozniak’s era couldn’t imagine. Tim Cook, the current head of the company, is forging the way, and Wozniak stated that he is “very approving of Tim Cook, because every time we have a new iOS update, I’m very happy that it’s doing things that really affect people… I love the software and I love the hardware, and nothing’s letting me down.”
This is good to hear, considering Wozniak was filled with good intentions when he began the company, and since leaving, has become a very philanthropic man. However, he did comment on the direction that the Apple Watch has taken the company.
He said: “I worry a little bit about – I mean I love my Apple Watch, but – it’s taken us into a jewelry market where you’re going to buy a watch between $500 or $1100 based on how important you think you are as a person. The band’s the only difference?”
In regards to the recent controversy over the FBI ordering Apple to unlock an iPhone, Wozniak said: “I come from the side of personal liberties,” supporting Apple in their stance.
When asked about inventions that he wished he had invented, Wozniak responded “A device that gives us one extra hour per day”, to which /u/jcy wittily responded “Google is working on that, it’s called the driverless car.”
Overall, Steve Wozniak seemed to impress a lot of people with his honest and modest answers, commenting on the good relationship he still has with the company that he founded and which has gone on to shape the technology that we live with and use every single day.