Steve Wozniak Talks About How The iPhone 5 Will Stack Up To His Galaxy S III, And The Recent Patent Lawsuits

It’s not often you hear the co-founder of a major corporation admit when his company has been beat. That appears to be what happened today, however, when Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak spoke in an interview about the iPhone 4S’s mediocre camera, his hopes for the iPhone 5, and the recent Apple vs Samsung patent cases.

I am always excited about every iPhone product because there are always good advances,” Wozniak said. “A better quality on the pictures will mean a lot, because when I show people pictures on my iPhone 4 and my Galaxy S III, they always say the Galaxy S III, or even the Motorola Razr, pictures look better.”

iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III

The fact that other devices on the market have leapfrogged past the iPhone in recent months is no secret, but you wouldn’t normally hear it from one of the company’s founders. Wozniak hasn’t worked for Apple for a long time, so there’s no reason he can’t say things like this, but it’s surprising nonetheless.

The fact that Wozniak sees the iPhone 5 as a catch-up device is a departure from how the iPhone has traditionally been viewed. Public perception of the new iPhone seems to be in line with Wozniak’s remarks, too; the iPhone has gone from being a revolutionary product that changed how we thought about phone, to being just another smartphone in a pack of similar devices.

As Dan Lyons, the technology editor of Newsweek, said in an op-ed for the BBC, the iPhone has lost its exciting edge. “To use a car analogy, six years ago the iPhone was like a sexy new flagship model from BMW or Porsche,” Lyons opines. “Today it’s a Toyota Camry. Safe, reliable, boring. The car your mom drives. The car that’s so popular that its maker doesn’t dare mess with the formula.”

The iPhone 5 wasn’t the only thing on Wozniak’s mind, though. He also expressed disappointment with the patent case against Samsung that Apple recently won. When asked about the case, Wozniak said, “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 everybody would just agree to exchange all the patents and everybody can build the best forms they want to use everybody’s technologies.”

Steve Wozniak Backpack

Yes, this is actually everything Steve Wozniak carries with him at all times

One can’t imagine that Apple is too pleased to see their former boss speaking out against their legal decisions and product quality like this. Nonetheless, Wozniak offers an interesting perspective on the technology industry to the rest of us, as a guy who’s been in the thick of it for several decades now. It’s hard to argue gadgets with a guy who has more than a dozen of them on his person at all times.

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  • guybb

    This guy is a genius, but has no business sense. This is why Jobs was the salesman, strategist, and representative of the every day user…you know, the customer. Wozniak would have given away all his work for free, that was actually his plan. Take what he says with a grain of salt. One should pay more attention to his thoughts on motherboards than on products and legal matters.

  • Anand Shah

    guybb Hi , I totally agree with your comment 100%.

  • Anand Shah

    After the innitial Apple startup I havent heard Woz innovate for betterment of the society. Its just talks. Have I missed out his achievements. I dont know why he gets attention.

  • Pasindu

    what Wozniak said is definately the right thing : ‘
    I wish everybody would just agree to exchange all the patents and everybody can build the best forms they want to use everybody’s technologies.”

  • HughT

    you’re a dreamer, you’d have to ignore the entire 20th century and all of its innovation. Patents should be regulated, and they should expire…they can do as much damage as they can protect. The key is to legislate and use patent laws in a way that promotes innovation, not discourages it.

  • dis

    cause hes fat and cuddly, dude a bum