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If Steve Wozniak Was In Charge of Apple, They Would Be Partners With Google


Ah, good old Steve Wozniak. One of the original co-founders of Apple, he loves to run around and be quoted not just on Apple matters, but Android as well. We know that he hated his HTC Thunderbolt and has surprisingly anti-patent war views on the fight going on between everyone in the mobile industry. None of his earlier statements compare to his latest, captured in a BBC interview, that say the relationship between Apple and Google would be a lot more friendly if he were CEO. 

“I wish to God that Apple and Google were partners in the future,” Woz said. The rest of his comments stemmed from that, when pressed about if that could actually happen he said, “I don’t know. If I were there, it would be pretty likely.” He goes on to mention that there might be business concerns with being so open with Google, but he would want to make it happen.

The Woz also shared a sentiment that a lot of people around the mobile industry seem to wish for, “I believe you should have a world where you’ve got to license something at a fair price,” he said. “There are good things I see on Samsung phones that I wish were in my iPhone. I wish Apple would use them and could use them.”

It seems that if Steve Wozniak had taken over Apple after Steve Jobs’ passing, things could be quite different for us, not just in Android, but the whole mobile industry. Instead we have Tim Cook and an Apple that is taking part in this “Rockstar” group filing suit against Google and Android.

In your opinion, would Google and Apple working together be a good or bad thing?

Via: BBC

  • Wozniak is actually the one and only person I like from Apple. A humble, intelligent, kind, and honest man…

  • Andy Stetson

    In other news, Rockstar Energy Drinks and rockstars everywhere (to include Bon Jovi), are banding together to sue the “Rockstar Consortium” for giving them all a bad name.

  • TheRobotCow

    I just picked up an iPhone 5 for a daily phone, and coming from the Galaxy Nexus it’s a much better phone. But i think it would be really awesome if Google and Apple would be partners. The way it is now i’m loving my iMac, iPhone, iPad, Galaxy Nexus ,Nexus 7, Chromecast, and waiting on my Nexus 5!
    Maybe in the future they could be partners but who knows.

  • Razma

    Woz is the sole part of Apple that I don’t despise

    • MikeKorby


  • CensoredByU

    Who cares Google is taking over the world. Maybe Google should hire Woz as an evangelist wouldn’t that be irony..

  • DC_Guy

    If I could get a Note 3 that ran iOS and kept the S-Pen functionality…that would be my perfect device! If only they could find a way to dual-boot iOS and Android on the same device…

  • Patrick Crumpler

    Woz was the genius behind Apple. Would be a great duo.

  • Seiga

    Here’s the thing about the Woz… The man knows technical architecture and development like none other. He was truly the brains of Apple while Jobs was the brawn. But that’s exactly it, the Woz needs someone like Jobs to market if Woz were to become CEO. No way he could do all of that on his own. He’s not a business man of any sort, which sucks because he is quite charismatic.

    I truly believe Woz when he says he can bring synergy. His relationship with every major competitive company in relation to computing is truly uncanny. But alas, the brasses at Apple’s Board don’t really care.

  • Timothy Sternig

    If if was a fifth…

  • Brandon Golway

    This is why everyone loves him, he’s not a douche and he’s impartial.

  • John Davids

    Love Woz.

  • Get Tim cook out of there…can’t stand him

  • UniBroW

    If Woz was in charge over at Apple, my next computer would likely be a Mac. Have felt this way for awhile, probably still wouldnt’ get an iOS device but I wouldnt’ have such a distaste for Apple (not actually apples, they are delicious) and their (is it possible for a company to even have a smug attitude?) smug attitude.

  • Trent Callahan

    Woah. I just had a revelation. Tim Cook is a secret agent for Google who’s working to drive Apple’s mobile industry into the ground. D: MIND BLOWN.

    • Nathan Borup


    • Raven

      Just like Steve Ballmer was for MicroSoft?

  • SplashMTN

    Would love to be able to send the equivalent of iMessages to iPhone users via hangouts and vice-versa. I doubt it will ever happen, but it would be pretty sweet.

  • Trent Callahan

    Time for yet another comment. What do you think would happen if, for some reason, the Wozster joined the Google/Android team?

  • interstellarmind

    If Apple and Google combined forces, it would be epic. First one or two devices might be hot messes… But eventually they’d create a “game changer.”

    Maybe the convergence of laptops, tablets, and smartphones would happen if Apple and Google worked together?

  • schoat333

    Apple got to where they are now because of Steve Jobs. There no doubt there. What Woz says is now the course they need to follow if they want to remain relevant. Everyone I know that had an iPhone at one time is now using Android. People want bigger phones with more freedom to integrate, and personalize. Only Android offer that.

    • Sporttster

      My manager came by the other day asking about my new Note 3. He has the iPhone. He compared it to mine and it looked like a little kids toy, lol. His house is i integrated everything but he cannot get past how much nicer my Note 3 is than his iPhone. I think he’s gonna get one and this guy is so wired to Apple it’s ridiculous. If he’s moving over, Apple better wake up if it wants to survive in the future.

      • Trent Callahan

        Bahahaha, there is some hope left for the common consumer!

    • jmsbwmn

      That’s your experience. In my world, ALL of my friends use iPhones. Even my wife has an iPhone 5.

  • dhamp2g

    I would like to see it happen so that the fandiots would shut up

  • Trent Callahan

    Personally, I find Apple design a bit ugly, maybe it’s just me. But I believe that if they had cross-platform integration somehow, it would be epic for consumers and the businesses. If Project Ara runs Android (most likely), Apple will begin to fall even faster. They know they’re dying, because they keep marketing their products to 12 year old girls who discover Instagram, only to realize that a Samsung/HTC/LG takes better photos.

  • fauxshizzl

    Seems like Google already is. I sure don’t see any Apple made services available on Android. Apple needs Google way more than the other way around.

  • Franklin Ramsey

    Soooo an iNexus 5s?

  • enigmaco

    I would maybe like it but no chance in hell of it happening.

  • yummy

    I wish the WOZ wuz ceo
    of scroogle

  • Did he get a Nexus 5? I wonder……

    • Droidzilla

      Probably. The Woz usually gets all of the latest Android stuff.

      • TheDrizzle

        He has like 5 or 6 phones on him at one time lol.

    • Weber

      No, but he would suggest that you get one.

      • WoW

        You sire, win the interwebz for today *a tip of my fedora to you* XD

        • Weber

          *curtsies awkwardly*

      • Tyler

        *Insert joke about Ron here*

  • artsr2002

    If Woz had taken over, apple would be running Android. I’d be alright with that.

    • TheDrizzle

      Eh, competition is good. You don’t want one OS/Company to rule the market.

      • artsr2002

        True, but I like some of the apple hardware. I 5S running KitKat would be awesome. If the screen were a bit bigger it would be even better. I also like the size of the iPad mini. Don’t care for iOS tho.

        • HarvesterX

          5s with the A7 and 1GB RAM outperforms all other smartphones out with a few exceptionsand tthose are SD800 devices. If the A7 was scaled up to the same clocked speeds as the SD800 it wouldn’t even be close. But it’s not, so it’s moot. Also it’s comparing apples to oranges. Or.. Apples to Androids (I use thst saying now instead of apes to oranges in everyday use even when not talking about phones.. People get confused easily.. Lol).

          I always liked Steve. If he wasn’t as invested in Apple I’d think he’d be a great spokesman for Android. It would also allow migration of more iOS users to Android because “One of their beloved God’s had forsaken them, yet they followed”

  • hc

    Of course this would be tribeneficial, good for Apple, Google, and us…

    Just imagine if Govt, society, and other business got along. We would be in such a better place…

    • michael arazan

      Look at Verizon and ATT, they seem to operate well with a back door deal that allows them not to compete much against each other. And by doing the same thing as each other they both flourish well and rake in profits.

      • hc

        the same can be said about cable companies as well…no one is truly undercutting the next guy therefore everyone but us (consumers) win smh …

  • Prox

    Woz is awesome, I believe he wishes Apple had the same philosophy as Google. IMO Google is the company he wish he founded. Not the Imperial Apple Empire.

  • TheSimpleTruth

    Apple hardware with the openness of Android.. yes plz

    • hfoster52

      I think Android would push the apple hardware even further. iOS was great 5 years ago but it still holds onto the same traps and android has just surpassed it.

      • TheSimpleTruth

        I agree. Now if only Android OEM’s could take a page out of Apples book and design an extremely high quality handset.

        • hfoster52

          I wouldn’t say high quality…. Sure not plasticy … but the 5c fixed that.

    • asten77

      No thx. I don’t care for the square sides at all.

  • I love Woz. Considering how much he loves to shoot his mouth off, he clearly believes that any pub is good pub. Keep on keepin’ on, good sir!

    • Trent Callahan

      I think he’s ashamed of what the company’s become. He wants to do more because he’s such a great guy and a phenomenal influence, but they hold him back. Innovators don’t enjoy being caged.

      Apple likes cages.

  • jnt

    Not trying to be cynical, but the board wouldn’t keep Woz on for long, as great as his idea sounds.

    • HarvesterX

      I’m sure Google would bring him on if he was voted out. Simply to have his name associated with Android.

  • Bobby Cornwell

    I love the Woz! Such a cool dude

  • Jeff

    I cannot find fault in what Wozniak is saying. I think a partnership would be good for both companies, and PROBABLY be good for consumers also.

    • Droidzilla

      Agreed. I use a Mac for work and I like a lot of things about it. If Apple partnered with Google to make mobile devices, I think it would be full of win. Can you imagine a Nexus tablet make by Apple? That would be pretty cool.

      • Pete

        then it will be iNexus.

      • Preet Singh

        and is able to run both ios and android.

        • Eric R.

          Just android

      • dhamp2g

        If it was made by Apple it wouldn’t be any better

        • sergio garduno

          It would LOOK better but it would be premium trash, I’d rather Google work alone. They are so innovative I don’t want Apple’s greedy profit-seeking hands getting into Google

  • Droidzilla

    The Woz is awesome. That is all.

    • mustbepbs

      I can’t believe he was actually on Dancing With The Stars. I loved seeing him dance.

      • Droidzilla

        They should just have the show be about him dancing with different girls and rename it to “Dancing with the Woz.”

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    WOZ wasn’t exactly a business man back then. ANd he never really developed into one. I mean everybody loves WOZ but without Jobs there would be no Apple, so I’m not sure how we can take these words from WOZ

    • mustbepbs

      Actually, without Microsoft there would be no Apple. Gates bailed Jobs.

      • blahtech

        You sir, are correct

        • mustbepbs

          Not only that, but Microsoft owns a large portion of Apple. When Apple does well, so does Microsoft. Microsoft isn’t stupid, and they have their hand in so many pies, it doesn’t matter what they do. They’ll always be around.

  • yankeesusa

    It would be a good thing no doubt about it. None would be wasting money on litigation but focusing on innovation and trying to beat each other on what they can do with technology instead of what they can do in the courtrooms. People will then have more choices in phones and can just focus on picking an os that they liked better.