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Apple Co-Founder: Microsoft Is "More Innovative" Than Apple Right Now

Steven Blum
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Wow, you really have to hand it to the Woz. Today, while answering questions at TEDxBussels (a spin-off on the successful Ted Talks), the famously-honest co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, was asked what he thought about Apple's current competition, including the new stable of Windows devices.

The Woz did not mince words.

He said that it "worried" him that Microsoft was becoming a "more innovative company than Apple." Woz said that Microsoft has produced "more of the type of innovation where you see something and say, 'woah, they really changed things dramatically. Whoa, they aren't really even going in the same direction as everyone else.'" Meanwhile, he accused Apple of focusing too much on the iPhone rather than on bold new innovations. Apple "was just used to cranking out the newest iPhone and falling a little behind," he said.

The Woz has also mercillesly criticized Apple for its aggressive patent war with Android, and now he has come out and said what many are thinking: Apple is losing creative steam. Might it also have been Apple's recently announced (and less than stellar looking) iPad Mini which caused the Woz to make the statement? 

Whenever Steve makes these kind of public statements, I always wonder what they're saying about him at Apple HQ. After all, when someone who helped build your company is now publicly questioning it, it's gotta make the folks in Cupertino a bit anxious.*

At the same time, Microsoft's latest innovation, the Surface Tablet, has been getting negative reviews for being a bit, well, too innovative. Neither a laptop nor a tablet, it certainly represents a step forward but –towards where? I'm saying this as a huge fan of Windows 8 for tablets...I just don't know how I feel about the hardware here. 

How do you read Steve's statements?

*-Or not. This is Apple we're talking about.

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  • HendrikJB Nov 15, 2012 Link

    Apple is falling out of the bus. They`ve lost the initiative and now have to revert to "legal criminality" to try and survive. I`m getting rid of my Apple devices as I don`t have time for underhanded people.

    Further they have no originality. I mean patenting a square with rounded corners. Are they now going to sue everybody in ever sphere of life when they use that design. More stupid is the patent office that granted it. Fools !!! :-(

    The Apple die-hards that support this type action to generate income should be pitied for their ignorance.

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  • Anna F. Nov 15, 2012 Link

    Why do you call Steve Wozniak "The Woz"?

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  • James Robinson Nov 15, 2012 Link

    Anna, he has been called "The Woz" for a very long time, there is even a Woz Ave here in the Bay Area. in terms of the article I have always respected him for speaking his mind no matter who's feathers might get ruffled.

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  • Rutger Nov 16, 2012 Link

    @Hendrik

    They are not only falling out of the bus, they are also falling out of the "Top 500club"
    http://www.mercurynews.com/60-second-business-break/ci_22005533/biz-break-apples-record-breaking-run-500-billion

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  • Gareth Whitehouse Dec 10, 2012 Link

    apple has never been inovative, the first tablet pc i have seen was an Atari touch tablet back in the 80's, and i bet there where other companies designing tablets back then as well. mobile storage devices for music files is not new ether. apple just get a load of pc parts put them in a case and puts a half eaten apple on the side and charges three times what it is worth

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