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Steve Wozniak: “I wish everybody would just agree to exchange all the patents”

One of the few figureheads left of the old Apple Guard is Steve Wozniak, one of the co-founders of Apple itself. Whereas Steve Jobs promised to go to “thermonuclear war” against Android, Woz has always been a little more even keel. In a recent interview where he was hoping that the iPhone 5 would take better pictures than his Galaxy S3, he was asked about the patent dispute going on between Apple and Samsung.

“I hate it,” he said. “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.” Interesting words coming from someone so high up in Apple’s hierarchy. The Woz went on to say that he wants patents to be exchanged so everyone can build their best technologies. I think most of us here would agree with these statements.

Do you think Wozniak’s opinions on the subject will change how Apple pursues things from now on? Or will Apple hunt down anything they think stands in their way?

Via: Bloomberg

  • …. Apple! … LISTEN! …

  • They can’t do that!! if apple does, they WILL lose and fast

  • TheRobotCow

    Why can’t we be friends

  • Brent Cooper

    Steve is the only person who likes iPhone but still has common sense. (I agree with Jroc869, Coo story bro) No matter how much I love Android and dislike Apple, I will always admire The Woz for his rational views of technologies. Not much bias in him.

  • Trevor

    Now that man’s got a good head on his shoulders.

  • Hear, Hear!

  • William_Morris

    Won’t cause too much change because it would make too much sense.

  • 1bens

    Is Woz even on the aapl payroll nowaday? If he still is I think he’s immune to the koolaid at their meetings.

  • Alexander Garcia

    Woz = Love
    Jobs = HATE

  • Lambo_21

    ok Woz we see you

  • RW-1

    I hate to say it, but unless Woz actually holds some sort of control at Apple, the words are both meaningless being his opinion, even if it is the majority opinion, and completely self serving – hence attention shined upon him from tech blogs far and wide.
    This is not meant to demean or start a woz war, I appreciate his accomplishments and opinion as well, but:
    The current administration at Apple could care less what he says, or how it’s received, my evidence – the patent trolling continues, including the deli just mentioned.
    If you have the pull, then use it. I’m afraid that will not be the case.

    • NexusMan

      His opinion is his opinion and he has a right to state it, just as your opinion about his opinion is your opinion and you had a right to state it on this board. Calling his opinion meaningless is a bit obnoxious, however….it’s only as meaningless as your post about how meaningless his opinion is, and if you do in fact, feel your post was also meaningless, than why did you waste your time posting it?

      • MotoRulz

        Rinse and repeat.. uhhh? lol lol

      • Mike

        Mind. Officially. Blown.

  • Woz for president. About time someone at Apple actually admits the truth and makes sense.

  • William Peterson

    waiting for Apple to sue him for some reason or another…

  • Philip A. Kaiser

    Because this interview is most likely old news to the folks at Apple, I can answer your question with two words. Polish Deli

  • SethMcDonald

    They are suing a polish food company… what do you think?

  • MichaelFranz

    I would love to spend a week with this guy and just learn from him. Woz is a lover of technology and not the politics associated with it. He doesnt care for the patents and for the $$ from them but he does care about the best products and that the consumers (us) shoudl have them.

    It’s just sad apple doesnt take anything he says to heart. I mean seriously the guy is really just liek any regular guy. He sits in line for his phones, doesnt take any like to consider himself the big shot. I have much more respect for him then most tech guru’s

  • Aaron

    he seems to have good logic but hes like the ugly step-sister in the Apple story. if they respected him at all, his opinions would have made a difference in the trivial patent battle by now.

    • balthuszar

      maybe they will now that jobs is gone…to me while jobs was alive, apple was steve jobs’s company…

  • TheWenger

    Apple patents are just worth more than everyone else’s, so it wouldn’t be fair. I mean let’s get real. Pinch-to-zoom? Slide-to-unlock? Rounded corners? What do other companies have? Patents on technological innovation and engineering accomplishments? Please.
    Oh and yes, Woz is awesome.

    • Abhijeet Mishra

      Hahahaha, I typed in a nice argumentative reply to you, then realized what you meant and deleted it. Good one! For sure, rounded corners and slide-to-unlock are more important than engineering accomplishments. Apple = alternate name for innovation! 😀

    • capecodcarl

      I could understand a patent on a specific technology, like some new CPU/GPU hybrid or something, but patents on gestures and simple obvious things should be banned.

  • fauxshizzl

    Why oh why didn’t Jobs give the company to this man when he died instead of Cook?

    • JoshGroff

      I guess it’s because Woz didn’t want to continue the war on Android.

    • Nobody

      Precisely because of the photo attached to the top of this post.

  • Prime7

    Is Woz even still with Apple these days?

    • no.. he may be on the board of directors… but i think that’s it if anything…

  • Just can’t disagree with the Woz. He knows his stuff and he is a true tech head. He doesn’t care what brand or what OS it’s running. He just wants good competition so he gets top quality with whatever he buys.

    • He’s an Executive that act like a consumer!

  • Robert Jakiel

    I hope that Google makes a new plushy called the “Wozzy Bear”. It should be Android-esque, chubby, have a beard and a beer in one hand. That would be awesome!

  • Seems to be the most useful way to look at things to me.

  • mustbepbs

    Gotta love the Woz.

  • KB26

    It’s either all this ^^ vv or Steve just doesn’t want to get sued.

  • After I see apple get their punishment for all the damage they have caused, Steve’s idea should be impemented

  • Guest

    Rounded corner patents are ridiculous.

    • michael arazan

      I never heard of the TV industry suing each other over flat screens, rectangular shapes, rounded edges, similar technology. Maybe the TV industry should sue apple since they have been doing it longer. Not to mention Samsung was making TV’s before any smart phone came around.

  • Jroc869, Cool story bro

    Woz=common sense

    • Yep. I like the guy more and more almost every time he does an interview.

      • mustbepbs

        Even more when he was on Dancing With The Stars 😉 Boy could he not dance.

    • New_Guy

      As much as I love the Woz, Steve’s “thermonuclear” stance seems to play more of a role at Apple, even after his passing, than Wozniak’s will today…

    • master94

      Yep, but Apple=No common sense

    • I want to make a shirt that says “in woz we trust”

      • nightscout13

        I’m with you. I got $5 on it.

        • I would be willing to bet it has been done before

  • Tom

    Woz is Tesla and Jobs is Edison. History repeats itself.

    • xHabeasCorpusx

      Dude that’s the same analogy I use in arguments about Jobs. It really irked me when the media would call jobs DiVInci of our time…

  • Love or hate Apple. Woz is the man!

    • JoshGroff


  • Aaron

    Apple could care less what Woz thinks. Even though he seems to be spot on most things.

  • athensjohn

    Here is an interesting quote from the article on his comparison of camera quality:

    “I am always excited about every iPhone product because there are always good advances,” Wozniak said in an interview in Shanghai today. “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.”

    • Too bad the GN couldn’t be included in that list -_-

  • df1rools

    I wish they would too.

  • this is because they are going to get sued for LTE haha

  • Jarrett Guma

    Woz is the man, hes one of the last good ones in this industry