Apple founder criticises Apple Watches

17 March 2016

apple watch The co-founder of Apple, Steve Wozniak, has done a Reddit AMA, which basically means he's done an interview with a load of people on the internet, rather than with a newspaper.

During his chat, he criticised the Apple Watch, and added that he doesn't recognise the company he helped to build any more.

He wrote: "I love my Apple Watch, but - it’s taken us into a jewellery market where you’re going to buy a watch between $500 or $1,100 based on how important you think you are as a person."

"The only difference is the band in all those watches. Twenty watches from $500 to $1,100. The band’s the only difference? Well this isn’t the company that Apple was originally, or the company that really changed the world a lot."

This came as Wozniak was asked about current Apple boss, Tim Cook. While he's not keen on the way the Apple Watch is working, he's a fan of the current regime, saying: "He is continuing a strong tradition that Steve Jobs was known for of making good products that help people do things they want to do in their life, and not taking the company into roads of, ‘Oh, we’ll make all our money like by knowing you and advertising to you.’ We’ll make good products. And you know, I started out as a hardware product guy, so I’m glad to see that."

Apple-haters, feel free to laugh at that notion. Apple fanboys, feel free to slag off Apple haters.

One of the most interesting things about Apple right now, is their scrap with the FBI about people's personal privacy. The American authorities want a way into the phones, and Apple are refusing. Wozniak supports Apple: "I come from the side of personal liberties. But there are also other problems."

"Twice in my life I wrote things that could have been viruses. I threw away every bit of source code. I just got a chill inside. These are dangerous, dangerous things, and if some code gets written in an Apple product that lets people in, bad people are going to find their way to it, very likely."

And what about self-driving cars, which Apple is interested in?

"The car market makes total sense to me for Apple, but the important thing is that I hope if they get off on a product, something that they could sell and make a lot of money for but is not ‘insanely great’ as Steve jobs would say, Apple should drop it and start over."

So there you have it. If you're a total Apple nerd, you can read the full AMA here.

TOPICS:   Technology   Freebies

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