Apple’s co-founder, Steve Wozniak, volunteered to answer questions asked by the Slashdot community in a thread called “Ask Steve Wozniak Anything.” And commenters did. There are all manner of questions for Steve Wozniak including his opinion of Apple, Android, iOS 6, lawsuits, his favorite jokes, and… because it’s the internet… the reason he’s a Freemason. Though there are hundreds of questions left unanswered, Woz replied to quite a few of the most highly rated questions from the Slashdot community on Monday afternoon.
It goes without saying that jailbreaking is one of the biggest concerns for our readers. Naturally, we’d want to know where Apple’s co-founder, and currently a shareholder, sides on the issue. We know he’s not unfamiliar with the practice: There was an infamous clip in 2008, before the launch of the official App Store, where Woz “hacked” Kathy Griffin’s iPhone 2G on camera.
Here is what Woz understands about Apple’s reason to officially keep the app distribution model locked into iTunes:
“There is no one right opinion. I’m for more openness. I believe that you can create the best most innovative products even when they are open. But I could be wrong. Open products tend to seem more complex. I suggest that maybe 80% of us or more are technophobes and scared to admit how little we know. I’m thinking of our moms and dads a lot in this thought. Apple is the safest haven for them not to get confused.”
Woz went on to say that, “I have always given my support to the jailbreak community because they remind me of myself when I met Steve Jobs and how we were, then and for the years leading to Apple.”
Wozniak also expressed that he never imagined cell phones, cell phone computers, or broadband internet in the days of the Apple II. He does not believe iOS 6 is inferior to Android (but we’ve seen his backpack and know he also keeps Android phones handy). As for lawsuits, Woz wishes that “instead of all these lawsuits Apple was sitting down and cross-licensing with the other players. They have come up some very good features without complicating the UI. Things like a palm swipe to take a screen snapshot. I would like my iPhone to be the best it could, even if someone else did some of the things first. And Apple could license iTunes perhaps, or help the other platforms develop it. The market shares would probably remain the same but we consumers would all win.”
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