Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak often comments on Apple products, providing his own opinion on how the company is currently performing and how he thinks it might have better reacted to the ever-changing tech industry in some situations. His latest comments focus on the new iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, the latter of which is Apple’s first entry into the phablet market. Woz said recently he thinks Apple may have been late to the game, allowing Samsung to gain ground where Apple could have had an early reign.
“Apple could have had a much bigger share of the smartphone market if it had a larger-screen iPhone for the past three years,” Wozniak said, according to a report from CNNMoney. “It could have competed better with Samsung.” Apple had long argued that its smaller screens were the perfect size, particularly for one-handed use, though Samsung proved that there was global interest in larger screens, which are preferred by some for reading, playing games and watching movies. Apple’s decision to hold off hasn’t been too detrimental, it seems; the firm is still seeing strong sales for both devices, perhaps as a result of pent-up demand.
Wozniak has been tough on Apple in recent years, suggesting that the firm is losing its cool factor, but has also suggested that he thinks Apple has the power to take wearables mainstream with the Apple Watch. Now, he’s backtracking on that statement and suggests he’s not impressed with Apple’s new wearable, which is more of a “luxury fitness band,” according to the Apple co-founder. To be fair, he also called the Samsung Galaxy Gear “worthless,” and admits that he prefers the larger screens offered by a smartphone.
Maybe Woz is just a tough guy to please.