Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.
Steve Wozniak is a traditionalist. Or perhaps just a rationalist.
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Over the past few days, dedicated Apple fanpersons have been burning their MacBooks, burying them in their garden or donating them to Goodwill.
After all, Tim Cook, the company’s CEO, insisted on Tuesday that he couldn’t see any reason to buy a PC anymore. Not now that the Cupertino, California-based company has released the iPad Pro, a large thing with a pencil and a yoga-mat keyboard (at additional cost).
Steve Wozniak doesn’t appear to be convinced. As Fortune reports, the Apple co-founder was speaking on Friday at a conference organized by New Relic, an enterprise software analytics enterprise and didn’t toe the company line.
He said that he continued to be “more of a laptop-based guy.” For him, a laptop’s flexibility contrasts with a tablet which “has been limited for me.”
Even Apple’s senior vice president of Internet software and services Eddy Cue told CNN that he likes the iPad Pro because “I consume a lot more than I create,” rather than Cook’s insistence that this was now a productivity tool.
I’m not sure that Cook really believes the PC is dead. Why would he launch new and rather alluring MacBooks if he did? My colleague Dan Ackerman called the latest MacBook a “groundbreaking design.”
Cook is simply selling the thing he wants to sell right now — a vast iPad that might reverse the 20 percent year-on-year decline in Apple’s tablet sales.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment.
Woz didn’t express wholehearted support for the Apple Watch either. He said he sometimes forgets to put it on and discovers that he doesn’t really miss it. He did claim that it was improving, however. It’s unclear in which ways he finds it an improvement.
In what sounds like another remarkably Apple-critical comment, Woz said: “I don’t like being in the Apple ecosystem. I don’t like being trapped. I like being independent.”
He’s well known for enjoying some Android products, as well as Apple’s. Last year, he even suggested that Apple should release an Android phone.
As for his laptop commitment, it’s easy to believe that tech manufacturers release new product forms for reasons that have mere making money at the very top. One of the problems with the iPad is that many people think they know exactly what it’s good for (and what it isn’t good for) and find that older iPads still satisfy.
It’s heartening that Woz isn’t going along with the supposed trend just for the sake of it or out of Apple loyalty.
He’s always been his own man. I mean, surely you remember his legendary individuality on “Dancing With The Stars.”