Steve Wozniak: Apple And Google Should Be Partners


He may have been misquoted about disliking the new iPads, but Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak recently had something else to say which might prove even more controversial: that Apple and Google should work together.

“Sometimes I say ‘Go to Joe’s Diner’ and [Siri] doesn’t know where Joe’s Diner is,” Woz told the BBC’s UK technology program Click — adding that, “Usually I find out that Android does.”

Wozniak credits Android’s superiority to its access to Google’s search engine, saying that, “I wish to God that Apple and Google were partners in the future.”

Woz also praises several features on Samsung phones, and notes “I wish [that] Apple would use them and could use them, and I don’t know if Samsung would stop us.”

Ultimately what he wants to see is more tech-industry collaboration. “I wish everybody just did a lot of cross-licensing and sharing the good technology,” Woz says, claiming “all our products would be better … I do wish they were more compatible.”

Wozniak might not have anything to do with the day-to-day running of Apple — or much else to do with the company — but his utopian vision of a world in which Google and Apple can work together to produce insanely great gadgets is certainly a far cry (and welcome antidote) to former partner Steve Jobs’ wish that Apple spend “every penny of [its] $40 billion in the bank … to go thermonuclear war” on Android.