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Apple Co-Founder Hates Patent Dispute, Loves Galaxy S3's Camera

Authored by: Steven Blum — Sep 14, 2012

At least one person connected to Apple seems to still have their brain intact. Yesterday, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak spoke out about the ongoing legal drama between Apple and Samsung. Woz is a general tech enthusiast, not an Apple fanboy, and he had some choice words for the way Apple is currently handling its court cases against Android. When asked what he thought of the direction Apple is heading, Woz replied:

"I hate it. I don't think the decision of California will hold. And I don't agree with it– very small things I don't really call that innovative. I wish everyone would just agree to exchange all the patents and everybody can build the best forms they want to use everybodys technologies."

Wozniak then went on to say that he hoped the iPhone 5 took "as good a picture as my Samsung Galaxy S3," which is hilarious given the fact that the rest of Apple seems to want to firebomb Google's headquarters. But the Woz still plans on picking up Apple's latest phone, saying the company took some "important steps" in advancing the latest iteration of their flagship device.

All of which is perhaps unsurprising: most engineers are deeply skeptical of software patents. In fact, 80% of all software engineers don't even think software should be patentable at all. While Woz's views may seem outlandish compared to those held by Apple's legal team, he's actually speaking for a majority of the folks who design smartphones for a living. 

That said, Woz hasn't actually worked for Apple since 1987 (EDIT: even though he remains on the company payroll), so it's not like his views are going to change anything at the company. It's just interesting to think that even one of the founders of Apple doesn't like where the direction where his old company is going. In fact, he hates it.

Source: Bloomberg

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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  • ms grace kuyo Sep 21, 2012 Link to comment

    am sure most here would agree that Wozniak's strengths are Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (within Research and Development), something which thrives on Inspiration and Innovation (which patent lawsuits do not support). Wikipedia revealed the various pursuits that Steve Wozniak has been involved with besides APPLE (but it is the following published information that got my attention "On November 18, 2010, Steve Wozniak gave a speech at the Science & Technology Summit at the World Forum Convention Center in The Hague in which he predicted that Android would be dominant over the iPhone market-wise but the iPhone would retain the quality edge") ...

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  • CJ Brown Sep 16, 2012 Link to comment

    I will always remember Steve Wozniak for financing the US Festival (originally meant to showcase technology within a rock festival bringing together music, computers, television and people). It was not a financial success, there were only two held (1982 - 1983 & I attended 1983's), but for me it was the birth of your modern day music festival in America (something that was ahead of its time, like MTV used to be) ...

    I am sure most here would agree that Wozniak's strengths are Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (within Research and Development), something which thrives on Inspiration and Innovation (which patent lawsuits do not support). Wikipedia revealed the various pursuits that Steve Wozniak has been involved with besides APPLE (but it is the following published information that got my attention "On November 18, 2010, Steve Wozniak gave a speech at the Science & Technology Summit at the World Forum Convention Center in The Hague in which he predicted that Android would be dominant over the iPhone market-wise but the iPhone would retain the quality edge") ...

    C J

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  • Dvoraak Sep 16, 2012 Link to comment

    When's the last time Woz agreed with Apple about anything?

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  • william koffke Sep 15, 2012 Link to comment

    Woz, if you look at the iPod etc, look at 60 power you see a tiny bm after the i. If you can't beat them become them!

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  • Steven Blum Sep 14, 2012 Link to comment

    "Wozniak permanently ended his full-time employment with Apple on February 6, 1987, 12 years after having created the company. He still remains an employee and receives a token paycheck, est. to be roughly 120k per year." That's what Wikipedia says. Looks like he even wrote a book about why he left: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IWoz

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  • jesus corona Sep 14, 2012 Link to comment

    he quit cuz apple sucks lol

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  • Anna F. Sep 14, 2012 Link to comment

    Why did he leave Apple?? Maybe if he hadn't, there would be no patent wars between apple and - basically- everybody else.

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