Wozniak would consider return to Apple

Wozniak would consider return to Apple  In an interview with Reuters, Steve Wozniak has said he’d consider a return to Apple, if asked. Wozniak co-founded Apple in 1976 with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne.

"I'd consider it, yeah," Wozniak said. "There's just an awful lot I know about Apple products and competing products that has some relevance, some meaning. They're my own feelings, though.”

Wozniak stopped actively working for Apple over 20 years ago, in 1987, but is still officially on their payroll. He currently works for storage company Fusion-io.

Apple has taken a lot of stick of late for its closed system surrounding iTunes and iOS. Wozniak suggested: "My thinking is that Apple could be more open and not lose sales," but noted: "I'm sure they're making the right decisions for the right reasons for Apple."

The comments come as a cloud of uncertainty hangs over Apple. Steve Jobs is on indefinite health leave yet again, and Jonathan Ive, Senior VP of Industrial Design and principal designer of the iPhone, iPod and iPad, was recently said to be considering a return to the UK.

A group of shareholders recently tried, unsuccessfully, to force Apple to reveal its plans for the post-Jobsian era. Despite being on leave, Jobs is still thought to have an active role behind the scenes, and recently returned to unveil the iPad 2.

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Stelph  Apr. 11, 2011 at 12:22

Hmm not sure if his returning would work if im honest, hes obviously a very clever guy but I got the general impression that when Apple was formed was the one who had the technical know how but it was Jobs who had the vision for apple and the buisness knowledge, so I dont see him able to come in as a replacement for Steve Jobs and im not sure he has the same design creativity as Steve Ive.

Also from a lot of what he has said whilst outside apple (i.e. approving of Jailbreaking ect) I think he is just too outspoken for Apple now, since they have become a very secrative company who thrives from the fan-driven rumour mill that chases them around

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 11, 2011 at 17:02

dito that, stelph.

designaw  Apr. 12, 2011 at 14:26

I have to say Wozniak is a legend but in relation to returning to Apple... well, could be interesting for two reasons.
The first is that he always championed new technologies and creating new appliances, and as part of a team with individuals with commercial nouse these could be realised at Apple, and Apple are certainly the right fit as innovators in every technology sector they service.
The second is that Wozniak has had some interesting comments on the Mac OS X GUI and with the impending introduction of 10.7 Lion is seems many of his previous criticisms have been shared and the new interface is looking much more streamlined and implementing the on/off elements of the iOS GUI.
To be honest, I think if he was just there drinking coffee he would be an inspiration to Apple's engineers!


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