The co-founder of Apple Computers, Steve Wozniak, gave an interview The Australian Financial Review yesterday. He expressed his concerns regarding judgement of Tim Cook’s performance, the Post-PC era and the negative consequences of patents.
According to Woz’s opinion, it’s too early to compare the current CEO with Steve Jobs, given the fact that he hasn’t come up with something as of yet,
It is hard to judge yet because Apple products still look like they did under Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs has stamped his mark on products that are three years in the queue. I want to see the special touches [under Cook], not just an iteration to the iPad 3.
With the arrival of tablet computers, Apple has on many occasions deemed the PC era to have faded out and now considers the present to be a post-PC era but Woz thinks otherwise,
Although we are moving towards a very mobile world, I think there is going to be room for PCs for quite a long time still. For some work like audio or visual editing you need the complete machine and [a] larger screen. The mobile device is great for most of the things we do with our computer – but not everything.
Speaking of the infamous patent wars with Google, Woz reminded everyone that big companies such as Apple, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo! were all started by new thinkers with bold new ideas who didn’t have to cope with patent lawyers as today’s start-ups do,
I care so much about the young person that has some technical knowledge and wants to start their own busines [...] Now, with this big patent situation, there are certain categories that are heavily blocked off because the big companies make sure they own it all.
Most of what Woz think is true, no matter what platforms are out there, PC era can’t be put down that easily given the limitations Mobile platforms comes with. The Apple’s desktop might be a big flop but the Windows based desktop will never get obsolete as they will provide ten times more greater performance than any mobile platform.
About the patent wars, Apple has definitely gone to far with their ridiculous patent lawsuits which hurts not only the young start-ups but also the creativity of both itself and their rivals. Hope they just get over the stupid patent wars and make more interesting products. I don’t know about you but I ‘m pretty bored of Apple’s smarpthones and tablets, the new CEO should something more creative in-order to win hearts of its users.