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Steve Wozniak Says He Never Criticized the iPad Air

by Sean P. Aune | October 27, 2013October 27, 2013 11:00 am PST


Steve Wozniak is clarifying his statements from last week about the iPad Air, and wants it to be clear that he never meant to snub the latest tablet from Apple.

In a presentation last week it seemed that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak snubbed the new iPad Air. However, Woz – as he’s commonly referred to – says that his words were misunderstood. In an email interview with, he clarified that the British media took his comments incorrectly. “I never criticized the new iPads. I think they are fine,” he said in the interview. “I don’t think you have a choice between iPad models so that’s just saying that the iPad is good … that’s a very different statement (and contrary to the implication) that, if I chose not to upgrade now, less than a year after my last upgrade, then I, Woz, am saying that the new Apple iPad is bad.”

Wozniak went on to clarify that he doesn’t buy every upgrade that Apple releases despite what many may believe. “I love my iPad and I use it a lot… but the new one wasn’t enough of a critical change to get my money. I did not upgrade to the retina iPad back when. But when the retina iPad went to 128 GB of SSD, I did upgrade… because that helped me.”

Despite the fact that Woz left the company many years ago, and has no hand in its product development, he is still looked upon by many as almost a mascot and cheerleader for the company. A snubbing of the new tablets by him would have definitely been something to note, but it does appear that it was just a misunderstanding of his thoughts on the latest iteration.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...