Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Still Doesn’t Quite Get Why Steve Jobs Was a Genius – Inc.com

In an “Ask Me Anything” chat event on Reddit yesterday, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak dissed the Apple Watch. No argument there–it’s a flawed product along with a higher fee tag.

But exactly what he said regarding the product reveals a breathtaking lack of advice in to exactly what makes Apple a terrific company, or why its various other co-founder had the sort of genius that comes along once in a generation. 

Here’s Woz’s comment: 

I like my Apple Watch, but–it’s taken us in to a jewelry market where you’re going to purchase a watch between $500 or $1100 based on exactly how essential you believe you are as a person. The just difference is the band in every one of those watches. Twenty watches from $500 to $1100. The band’s the just difference? Well this isn’t the business that Apple was originally, or the business that actually changed the globe a lot.

I like Woz. It’s impossible to not like a person that thinks teaching grade school is a lot more essential compared to operating a hot technology startup. However I’ve constantly wondered if he actually understands exactly what makes Apple so great. And now I already know for sure–he doesn’t.

Here’s exactly what he’s missing:

1. It’s not simply regarding the technology.

Woz is an uber-geek, and there’s a common mistake a lot of geeks make: They believe technological capability is every one of that matters. They don’t care regarding design, usability, or marketing–three spots where Steve Jobs‘ genius actually shone through. (My husband–yet another geek–and I argued regarding this every one of the time till we finally wound up writing a book regarding it.) The reality is, if technological function was every one of that mattered, Apple would certainly have actually been swept away by Microsoft in the personal computer market, and Google in the mobile market long ago. 

2. Design matters. A lot.

It mattered considerably to Steve Jobs. So a lot that he lived in a estate along with rather little furniture since he could discover couple of pieces that met his exacting standards. So a lot so that as quickly as he and his wife decided to replace their clothes washer, they spent weeks researching washers from every one of over the globe and discussing their designs prior to buying one from the German business Miele. It used much less water, much less soap, earned clothes feel softer, and helped them last longer compared to American washers, he explained.

He brought that exact same exacting sense of design to every little thing he made. On occasion, as along with his insistence on building a perfectly cube-shaped computer at NeXT, that worked versus him. More often, it worked for him, as as quickly as he created the case of the Apple II to be a complete, integrated computer, along with monitor and keyboard at the ready–unheard of at the time. (Meantime, Wozniak developed the newfangled technology that went inside that newfangled case.)

3. People care regarding beauty.

Woz got his facts slightly wrong–it’s not just the watchbands that differ from a much less expensive to a lot more expensive Apple Watch, it’s the case itself–in the a lot more expensive editions, it’s earned of 18-karat gold. I’m guessing that, love a lot of geeks, Woz doesn’t spend a great deal of time in jewelry stores, otherwise he’d be well aware that the difference between aluminum, stainless steel, and durable 18-karat gold is indeed a difference People are willing to pay for. Gold is beautiful in a means various other metals are not. 

In this respect, the Apple Watch is permanently consistent along with the business Steve Jobs developed (Woz left the business after its initial 5 years). Beauty was constantly top-of-thoughts for him. From the iMac to the MacBook Air, through every generation of iPod, iPhone, and iPad, Apple products are, initial and foremost, beautiful objects. That was the genius of Jobs: A functional piece of technical equipment could likewise be a pleasure to usage and lovely to look at. No one earned that connection prior to him, and no one because has actually done it better. Even for a non-Apple user love myself, it’s difficult to check out these items and not want one.

The Apple Watch, even the expensive durable gold version, doesn’t do that. There are plenty of various other smartwatches on the market that are simply as beautiful, and simply as usable, along with longer battery life.

That’s the real problem along with this product–whatever Woz could think of paying as well a lot for a watchband or case. If it were as eye-catching as Apple’s earlier designs, it would certainly be flying off the shelves.

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