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Woz Says iOS 7 Draws from Android, Comments on PRISM Scandal

by Jacob Kleinman | June 17, 2013June 17, 2013 12:00 pm PDT

Spotted at an airport terminal by a Spanish tech journalist, Apple co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak sounded off on everything from iOS 7 to the NSA PRISM scandal to the meaning of digital ownership in the era of Cloud computing.

After giving Apple’s iOS 7 a test drive, Woz admitted, “I like all the visual stuff better,” but couldn’t resist taking a shot at Apple, adding that he was familiar with a lot of features that have been spotted on Android and in third party applications. Specifically, he noted that the new multi-tasking swipe-to-close feature on iOS 7 has been around on Android for a while, where it works even better. Still, he couldn’t deny Apple’s flair for design, adding, that “it looks beautiful.”

Once Woz was prompted to discuss the continuing NSA surveillance scandal he really went off, comparing America today to Cold War communist Russia, and President Obama to a king with no regard for the law.

“All these things I was taught about the constitution that made us so good they’re kind of nothing,” he said. “They all dissolved with the Patriot Act… there’s not even a free open court anymore.”

Wozniak also drew a comparison between Cloud storage and communist Russia, noting everything wrong with that society (constant surveillance and the lack of ownership) has become the current reality in America.

“Now a’days in the digital world you can hardly own anything anymore,” he said. “It’s just kinda subscriptions. We’ve agreed that everything belongs to them and we have no rights. Anything you put in the cloud belongs to them. You don’t own it. You’ve signed away all the rights. If it disappears, if they decide to deliberately cut that off [and] you’ve lost all the photographs of your life… but when we grew up ownership was what made America different from Russia. So yeah, I get disturbed at these things that are going on.”

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...