The iPhone vs Android battle has been going on right since the inception of both platforms/smartphones. Both parties have valid arguments to show their allegiance to the platforms, but it is when one of your own turns against you and calls for changes that you know there’s seriously something wrong with the platform. In this case, we’re speaking of Steve ‘The Woz’ Wozniak, who was one of the core members of Apple Computers back in the 80s. Even though Woz isn’t directly involved with Apple anymore, his allegiance to the company remains and he has been a fan of all things Apple since forever. More than anything, he’s just a lover of technology like the most of us, so we know his opinions are often going to be unbiased. The comments coming from him this time might actually be a wakeup call for Apple though. He said that despite the company’s loyal fan following, there is a need to change things around and bring in more features to iPhones.
If you’ve been a user of iPhones or the iOS platform, you might not see any major changes in terms of usability or the way the homescreen looks. Sure the drop down notifications bar was added with iOS 5, but besides that the platform isn’t all that different from earlier iterations of iOS. So all things considered, I guess Woz is spot on when he says the platform lacks features.
His exact words were – “I am proud that we have such loyal fans. But this loyalty is not given, the need to have the best products is always there. Currently we are in my opinion somewhat behind with features in the smartphone business. Others have caught up. Samsung is a big competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products“.
Notice how he says “we” instead of just Apple? This shows how loyal he is to his roots, but the bigger question put forward by him will be heavily debated in the coming days and months. This only puts more pressure on Apple which has seen a mixed 2012 by topping the Q4 2012 American smartphone shipments while at the same time seeing a massive fall in stock prices. This at a time when Samsung has had a great year (globally) with the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II doing exceptionally well in the market. We believe the reason for Samsung’s immediate cult like following comes from the fact that it endorses its products well, something which Apple is known for.
The Galaxy S III and the Note II come with a bundle of out of-the-box features like multi-window, pop up play etc which are more appealing to users than wide panorama or a lengthier display. And to add to Apple’s woes, the features which were supposed to be improving performance didn’t do justice to the device (Apple Maps). We’re not sure how long Apple fans will sustain the iPhone, unless Apple decides to make some massive changes to the platform. That will certainly make the platform more competitive and put Apple back on track again.