Wozniak suggests Android powered Apple makes sense


Even though Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak thinks the company is still innovative despite criticism of staleness, he did surprise a recent interviewer with one way he thinks the company could innovate – production of an Android powered smartphone. According to Wozniak, who made what amounts to an heretical statement for Apple fans, he thinks iAndroid “could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings.” 

Given the variety in hardware being churned out by manufacturers bringing Android phones to market, it seems unlikely Android fans would go for such a device. Although there is a segment that seems to think the metal bodies of iPhones should be emulated. As for Apple purists, it is hard to say what their reaction to such a device might be. Apple could adopt Android, or fork the code like Amazon has done, and throw their own skin on top of it so that the general consumer may not know any different.

This is not the first time that Wozniak has indicated a desire to see Google and Apple work more closely rather than staying on their paths of being highly competitive. Last November Wozniak suggested Google and Apple, along with other major market players like Samsung, should do more “cross-licensing and sharing the good technology.”

If you can suspend your disbelief regarding Apple building an Android based smartphone, do you think there would be any benefit to such a device?

source: Wired

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • brian

    no benefits because they will sell a mid range phone at a high price

    • Doug MtView

      With far too much malware finding its way past Bouncer defending the register based java API, Android is on its way into becoming a cyber attractive nuisance. Apple would do well to stay clear.

      • dheeraj

        android users are smart enough to choose android first & smart enough to protect themselves against such threats which rarely affect users.
        this is the same argument MAC users say about PC users (the whole virus thing) since years…….still the MAC sucks windows based PC’s balls.

  • Jeff Edsell

    I love Woz, but he’s crazy. Apart from the fact that the corpse of Steve Jobs would rise from its grave to rip the still-beating hearts from the chests of anyone involved in a deal like this, it really doesn’t benefit Apple. They’re doing fine — more than fine — with the iPhone and iPad.

    Apple just doesn’t do partnering unless they absolutely have to — they avoid being dependent upon other companies as far as it’s possible. If a product is going to have an Apple logo on it, it’s going to be ALL Apple, inside and out.

    • Heya

      your wrong sir. It has been very evident that the Android OS offers a much more revolutionary user experience that iOS. So, I think this step would benefit both companies and hopefully, help them bury the hatchet once and for all.

      • Jeff Edsell

        Well, we can agree to disagree. I think it would be cool to see — I’m both an Apple and an Android fan. And granted, now that Jobs is gone, Apple may make some different moves.

        But it still just doesn’t seem to fit the company.

    • dheeraj

      all apple ??? inside out???

      what about camera that they use from sony and processor that they used from samsung

      • Jeff Edsell

        But there are no Sony or Samsung logos on the phone. Those relationships are not partnerships. And if Samsung suddenly decided to demand that Apple put a Samsung logo on iPhones or else they’d stop selling the cameras, Apple would have a new camera supplier the next day.