Yesterday Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak graced the pages of reddit for an Ask Me Anything session.
Though not directly responsible for any Apple product since the Apple II personal computer, the Apple II was certainly a big deal; widely regarded as one of the world’s first commercially successful home computers, it almost certainly bankrolled the hardware that followed—including the Mac, the iPod and ultimately the iPhone.
Woz had lots to say about Apple’s current CEO, the company’s first smartwatch and its ongoing legal battle with the U.S. Department of Justice. For your reading pleasure here’s a quick copy/paste of my favourite bits.
On Apple under Tim Cook:
Tim Cook is acknowledging the employees of Apple and the customers of Apple as real people. 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.
On the Apple Watch:
I worry a little bit about – I mean I love my Apple Watch, but – it’s taken us into a jewelry market where you’re going to buy a watch between $500 or $1100 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 $1100. 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.
On Apple vs. the DOJ:
You know what, I have things in my head, some very special people in my life that I don’t talk about, that mean so much to me from the past. Those little things that I keep in my head are my little secrets. It’s a part of my important world, my whole essence of my being. I also believe in honesty. If you tell somebody, “I am not snooping on you,” or, “I am giving you some level of privacy; I will not look in your drawers,” then you should keep your word and be honest. And I always try to avoid being a snoop myself, and it’s rare in time that we can look back and say, “How should humans be treated?” Not, “How can the police run everything?”
Check out the entire AMA at the link directly below!