The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said in an interview this week that he has no plans to upgrade to the iPhone X as soon as it becomes available (it will become available for pre-order on Friday, Oct. 27).
“I’d rather wait and watch that one. I’m happy with my iPhone 8 — which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6, to me,” Wozniak said at the Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas. “For some reason, the iPhone X is going to be the first iPhone I didn’t — on day one — upgrade to. But my wife will, so I’ll be close enough to see it,” Wozniak added.
In addition, Wozniak reportedly also expressed doubts that the iPhone X’s highly touted Face ID feature would operate up to the standards users are hoping for, according to CNBC.
This is hardly the first time Wozniak has admonished Apple, the empire he helped create along with the late Steve Jobs. When the company launched the iPhone 7 in late summer 2016, Wozniak told the Australian Financial Review that, “[if] it’s missing the 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, that’s going to tick off a lot of people.”
“I would not use Bluetooth … I don’t like wireless,” he added. “I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music.”
Apple didn’t spend much time heeding his words of caution — when the company launched the iPhone 7, lo and behold, it was void of a separate headphone jack altogether.
Wozniak — the technology brain behind Apple’s original computer, who left the company in 1985 — has also taken the Apple Watch to task. “[It’s] taken us into a jewelry market where you’re going to buy a watch between $500 or $1,100 based on how important you think you are as a person. The only difference is the band in all those watches … Well this isn’t the company that Apple was originally, or the company that really changed the world a lot,” Wozniak said in a Reddit discussion last year.
Other CEOs and executives have criticized their former employers as well, after leaving the organizations they once ran. For instance, CNN founder Ted Turner wrote in 2004 that the priorities guiding the organization — which he was forced out of in 2001 — had changed seismically since his time at the top.
“When CNN reported to me, if we needed more money for Kosovo or Baghdad, we’d find it,” Turner wrote. “If we had to bust the budget, we busted the budget. We put journalism first and that’s how we built CNN into something the world wanted to watch … After we sold [parent company] Turner Broadcasting to Time Warner, we came under such earnings pressure that we had to cut our promotion budget every year at CNN to make our numbers,” he complained.
And legendary “Star Wars” director George Lucas openly spoke of his disheartenment at the franchise’s reboot in the 2015 film “The Force Awakens.”
“[Disney] wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t like that. I like — every movie, I worked very hard to make them completely different, with different planets, with different spaceships — you know, to make it new,” Lucas told journalist Charlie Rose in an interview.
In a more incendiary remark, Lucas went after Disney executives who purchased his Star Wars franchise for $4 billion in 2012. “I love [the movies], I created them, I’m very intimately involved in them and I sold them to the white slavers…,” Lucas concluded.