TechCrunch has a short video interview (see above) with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in which The Woz has some very interesting things to say about the innovations he’s seeing coming out of Microsoft and his worries about Apple.
A choice Woz quote from the interview:
I’ve seen more of the type of innovation (from Microsoft) where you see something: ‘Whoa – they really changed things drastically. Whoa – they aren’t even going the same direction as everyone else’ – meaning the iPhone and Android operating systems.
And a couple days ago I read an article where Microsoft has a machine — you’ll speak into it in English and it’ll come out in Mandarin. If they’re making strides in this valuable voice recognition area, I fear that Microsoft might’ve been sitting in their labs trying to innovate. … They might’ve been doing that for three years while Apple was just used to cranking out the newest iPhone and falling a little behind, and that worries me greatly.
Wozniak goes on to say how when Apple went through some hard times in the past, those times were when the company was “cranking out” improvements on the Macintosh computer. But mere improvement isn’t “Apple-style innovation,” he said. “It’s not like you’re creating something astounding that you’re just gasping because it’s so unexpected. … I would hate that Apple didn’t get the recognition of being the innovator.”