The Woz speaks out about Apple product leaks

Wozniak Gray Powell shirt.There’s been a lot of hullabaloo around the recent iPhone 4G leak, if only because leaks like this are so rare from Apple. Everyone expected Gray Powell, the engineer responsible for leaving his prototype iPhone in a bar where it could be picked up by just anyone, to experience the full wrath of Steve Jobs. He’s still employed though, and as the Woz has it, Powell hopefully won’t be going anywhere.

Wozniak dropped by Gizmodo to offer his thoughts on Apple security, leak prevention, and employee termination. Woz was recently up close and personal with an employee term, after a retail associate showed him the iPad after midnight on launch day, apparently enough of a no-no to get himself canned.

Maybe the best quote from the whole thing is this: “Product secrecy is good for Apple and should be strictly enforced, but maybe 10% of niceness and 90% of strictness is OK too.”

You can find the full post at Gizmodo.


Wozniak sets the record straight

Steve Wozniak all dressed up.This is exactly why I love Steve Wozniak. Just when you think he’s slipped, stepped over the line and said too much, he comes in and totally redeems himself. Here’s a comment he left over at Gizmodo about the Nexus One incident:

“Actually, everyone got it wrong. My favorite phones are my iPhones. When asked what my favorite gadgets were I took it to mean new gadgets I was playing with (that I considered good). I am not a switcher but I’m not going to tell people that the Nexus One is not a good gadget. Same for the Droid. I continually buy and play with new hot gadgets because I gets asked about them all the time. I have had prior Android phones that I didn’t consider good. I usually have between 2 and 6 different cell phones on me, more when there are interesting product introductions.

I try mainly to make good comments but I’m honest about flaws too. I don’t get into arguments trying to claim that there are objective reasons that make one person’s phone better than another’s. It’s subjective. You can’t win such arguments, only have a stressful life doing so. I have no problem praising and learning from non-Apple products as well as Apple products, when they are good.”

Your honesty…it is disarming. Seriously, all you CEO hacks who just ooze yes-man every time you talk, please read this. Then keep reading it until it sinks in.


The Woz plays nice with the Nexus One

Steve Wozniak is a little manic.Steve Wozniak is known for being a little eccentric, but he’s so much like a big, nerdy teddy bear that it’s hard not to like the guy. He’s also one of few corporate faces that will drop the marketing schtick and admit where his company has gone wrong. Most recently, he told NBC that his favorite gadget isn’t the iPhone, it’s the Nexus One.

It’s a strange thing to admit to someone like NBC, who will take that story and run in any direction that will get attention. He did say, though, that he hasn’t ditched his iPhone. The Apple product is still his cellphone of choice. My guess is he likes that Android is a little more open, that it doesn’t restrict extremely tech-savvy people like himself from doing what they want with the phone. He’s often criticized the iPhone for it’s rigid user interface.

Whatever the reason, you can bet there’s an Apple fanboy weeping somewhere at the news.

Source: NBC