Woz'ifications: iPhone Too Closed For Comfort?
Woz co-founded Apple and pretty much kick-started the personal computer revolution; fair enough. Since then, however, he's made his bones as a fairly big practical joker. Which Woz was it, then, who told the Telegraph:
"Consumers aren't getting all they want when companies are very proprietary and lock their products down," he says when comparing the iPhone's closed operating system to the new Google phone's open source system which allows anyone to modify and adapt the way the phone works. "I would like to write some more powerful apps than what you're allowed," he laments.
Of course, Woz could probably stroll into Apple, flash his stock certificates, and write any App he wants. So what's he really saying? That average consumers would be better off with a more open platform from Apple?
That probably better defines the harder core developers, geeks, technophiles, and blogerati than the average consumer -- just the type currently salivating over the Google Android.
Apple has made their iPod -- and now iPhone -- fortune, however, by giving average consumers what they really want: unmatched ease of use wrapped in a drop-dead gorgeous package.
My 2 and a half year old godson could use an iPhone with startling ease. Google Android? He could probably figure out how to throw it (likely at my head in frustration).
Woz is a genius, no doubt about it. He dented the world. But the classic mistake of any genius is seeing multiple problems when all every day people see is a single solution. The iPhone isn't a kit computer like the Apple II. It's the ultimate sealed-up Mac. Two different markets, with the second one being better for average consumers (despite geek howls to the contrary).