Woz: Steve Jobs’ death could clear way for more open Apple – or not

“Apple could be more open and just as successful – but don’t take it from us. That’s from company co-founder and computing idealist Steve Wozniak,” Gavin Clarke reports for The Register.
“While on a tour of Australia, Woz rekindled memories of the mid-1970s and his dream behind the first Apple computers he built with Steve Jobs. Woz was inspired to speak out after witnessing the, er, ‘openness’ of Facebook and Google,” Clarke reports. “Woz is reported to have said: ‘I like a lot of the openness I see in Facebook or Google, and how things can interplay on the Internet. I think that Apple could be just as strong and good and be open, but how can you challenge it when a company is making that much money?’”

Clarke reports, “Despite his rumination on openness, however, Woz continued it would be a bad thing for Apple and fanbois if it led to inferior products. ‘There’s a lot of things about the closedness of Apple I don’t like and wouldn’t have done myself, but obviously I’m very overjoyed with the quality of the products. So is that a result or not? I’m not expert enough to say,’ he said. ‘If making it open would give us not the quality of Apple products all working together like they do, I would say keep it closed.’”

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