Woz Is Unimpressed By Apple’s New iPads

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he’s not interested in Apple’s new iPads because the neither model meets his needs. Woz didn’t get a chance to watch the keynote live because he was on a plane, but he caught up with the news when he landed and then emailed his wife to say, “nope, I don’t want one of those.”

Woz usually speaks so highly about Apple products, and while he uses competing products, too, he seems to always have the latest thing from Cupertino. But he won’t be picking up an iPad Air or a new iPad mini.

“I am constantly following the gadget world but I was on a plane and missed all of the keynote,” Woz told attendees at Apps World today. “When I finally took a look at the devices, the iPads didn’t hit my needs.”

These are some of Apple’s most exciting iPad updates so far. The full-size iPad Air is finally thinner and lighter, while the iPad mini has that much-anticipated Retina display. Both devices also have A7 processors with improved graphics. So what’s not to like?

“Yes it’s thinner, but I wanted storage,” Woz explained. “I don’t have broadband at home, and you can’t get great broadband connection in hotels, so I carry all my personal media in the iPad. So I was hoping Apple had a 256GB iPad. I was hoping for more storage so I could put every episode of Big Bang Theory on my iPad.”

“So I emailed my wife and said ‘nope, I don’t want one of those’,” Woz added.

I know what you’re thinking. Woz, known for his love of gadgets and all things tech, doesn’t have broadband at home? Nope, because of his “lousy phone company.”

Apple does offer sup to 128GB of storage with the iPad now. 16GB is enough for me most of the time, so I don’t have any issues there, but I can certainly see why even 128GB wouldn’t be enough for some — not if they want to carry all of their content with them wherever they go.

Woz also had a small stab at the iPhone’s small display, explaining he feels larger screens are “easier to deal with” offering “more space for your fingers.”

“When you went into a store and saw the iPhone had the smallest screen of all, that was a little disappointing,” he added. On the other hand, the iPad mini is “just a hair too large” to fit into your pocket.

  • nefan65

    Who the f*#k cares what “Woz” thinks?

  • nefan65

    Who the f*#k cares what “Woz” thinks?

  • Adam Brewer

    The iPad mini with Retina Display does indeed go up to 128 GB in size; the article incorrectly states 64 GB.

  • ElyMantz

    The wrong Steve died early.

  • Grantster1124

    The iPad mini with Retina Display does indeed go up to 128 GB in size; the article incorrectly states 64 GB.

    I was going to say the same thing

  • Head4Space

    I don’ think that Woz represents Apples target market but he does make a valuable point about some users requiring more storage.

  • bondr006

    Who the f*#k cares what “Woz” thinks?

    +1 Exactly!

  • smacsteve

    Woz, what a character… This guy sounds like the guy who’s still got his mad on that he’s not part of the Apple team and so he decides to come off as this aloof “I know better than them” attitude.

  • Taojones_1

    woz is a character for sure and he is saying that the pad is not for him not that its not a great pad . Content creators do not want to work on a browsing and display device it just does not work for us (i don’t have a pad at all desktop and phone ) but just because i haven’t bought one does not mean i dis them for some it save them having to buy a desktop . what i can’t figure out is why wiz does not have even basic satellite or cable ,(might be a bit out of touch there wos the curmudgeon

  • Taojones_1

    also i might point out was was dumb enough to sell his stake i apple so as geeky as he is you can question his judgement

  • rsbell

    Please stop posting articles about this irrelevant fossil!

  • aardman

    The wrong Steve died early.

    Out of bounds. I wouldn’t wish that, even for Dick Cheney. And that would do humanity a great service.

  • Market_Mayhem

    He could just get something like the Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB to keep his extra files on and keep it in his bag. I don’t know how long the battery lasts though but he could certainly pack a lot of extra content on it. Whatever, he’s not going to get what he wants from Apple.

  • ElyMantz
    The wrong Steve died early.

    Out of bounds. I wouldn’t wish that, even for Dick Cheney. And that would do humanity a great service.

    you’re right. that was heat of the moment. regarding Cheney, I wouldn’t hold your breath on him leaving us anytime soon. that guy is invincible. anyway, if he died I’d miss his “Danny devito as the penguin” mannerisms.

  • pwx_kevin

    Who cares about what Woz wants or doesn’t want. He’s just a grumpy old fool.

  • jcgarza

    I guess no one ever told him about “smart playlists”?

  • SDNinersFan

    Woz’s act is getting old, just stop reporting what this clown says and maybe he will stop….geez

  • ekim1406

    Any sort of credibility he had in my eyes was lost when he said ‘I was hoping for more storage so I could put every episode of Big Bang Theory on my iPad.’

  • nvettese

    If it wasn’t for Woz, there would be no Apple. Jobs had no technical ability when you compared him to Woz. Jobs saw the future of Technology, but Woz created it. The last great Apple computer was the Apple II GS. Woz is one of the most endearing and down to earth people. Everyone who is being negative towards him, just hates that he is being truthful.

  • QJeremiah

    Who cares? This guy did some stuff 1978…

  • Cbastuiter

    yeah now he is using android Tech….. he is only a legend.

  • ac1dra1n

    If he needs all this storage, why doesn’t he just get a MacBook Air? Highest amount of storage for both is 512 GB. They also get better, supposedly, battery life than an iPad too. So why doesn’t he stop complaining about the iPads and move on.

  • iSteve

    “Woz will not buy the new Mac Pro because it does not allow 10 4K TVs to connect at the same time in order to see his big fat ass”.

    This guy really sucks.

    Please guys, stop relating that idiot with Apple because if it was for him, Apple would have gone long ago.
    Apple is Steve’s creation.

  • MrsCleaver

    “Woz Is Unimpressed By Apple’s New iPads”

    Really? Oh dear! Then we need to be sure not to buy them. I mean, Woz’s creations are so much better. All the cool gizmos he’s brought to market, the cool computers, software, music players, video and audio editing technologies “for the rest of us.” If Woz isn’t impressed by the new Apple iPads, then I won’t even go near an Apple store. I’ll head straight for the… Woz store instead.

  • Brian Meola

    It’s about time we stop listening to a guy who carries a million gadgets at the same time, yet can’t figure out how to watch a podcast on a plane or how to get broadband at his house. How seriously can you take a tech pundit that doesn’t even value having internet access in his house?? Let’s face it… There’s a reason that this guy didn’t work at Apple very long and that Steve Jobs made the company successful by pretty much doing the exact opposite of everything Woz wanted to do.

    BTW… They make portable USB storage that plugs right into iOS devices. Pretty sure he can fit that into his gadget bag right next his 3 different iPhones, several android phones, and whatever else companies give him to carry around.

  • Brian Meola

    The last great Apple computer was the Apple II GS.

    Aaaaaaaaand there goes your opinion…

  • TheMartinDobson

    Just to debunk his argument… I am averaging 12GB per season of Big Bang Theory, HD versions… At 7 seasons… Roughly 84 GB for all of them. Where the issue with the 128GB one?

  • iFan41

    1) Woz is irrelevant and would still be diddling himself in the HP bathrooms if it weren’t for other people.
    2) Killian, please start editing your posts before submitting them.

  • Reivax

    Immediately after making these comments, he zipped off on his Segway to that store on El Camino that sells oversized baby bonnets.

  • Slurpy2k11

    How is this news? Woz has only voiced negativity about pretty much every single Apple product, decision, and story in the past 5 years. I’m not sure what exactly he does with his time, but he spends at least half of it bashing Apple, while living large off his Apple shares.

    The guy is a troll, and someone with a shred of decency would at least keep his mouth shut out of respect for his dead friend Steve, who wouldn’t have been too crazy about Woz tearing down Apple every chance he got. But no, Woz loves the limelight, and the attention, because he knows the media will run with every single one of his comments. Woz hasn’t done anything of relevance for the past couple decades, besides evangelizing every Apple competitor, be it Android, or the Surface, etc. He’s a sack of contradictions, and has no clue of what the average consumer wants. Apparently, his #1 priority for an iPad is storing every single damn episode of Big Bang Theory on it, which fits perfectly with the rest of his irrationality and mind-numbing statements. There’s tiny wireless HDDs now that can seamlessly share their contents with an iPad, but I doubt Woz even knows about these, or cares to. Also, what other tablet offers 256GB of storage? None that I know of. But hey, we should really heed the opinions of a guy who apparently spends all his time watching Big Bang Theory episodes over and over again, which he needs with him at all times, and who somehow doesn’t have a broadband connection at home.

    I only wish sites like these would have a bit more restraint, and not advertise for Woz and spread his garbage. The guy is a troll.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a staff writer based in the U.K. He has an interest in all things tech and also covers Android over at CultofAndroid.com. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell.

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