Woz: I Was Misquoted About Not Liking The New iPads

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Last week, we reported that cutesy-wutesy-fuzzy-wuzzy-wumpus-bear (and Apple co-founder) Steve Wozniak was unimpressed with the new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display. His supposed complaint? 128GB just wasn’t enough for a man with a huge media collection like him!

It seemed uncharacteristic for Woz to publicly bash the company he helped create. Woz is an innocent, and usually reacts to every new Apple product with wide-eyed glee, so his complaints seemed strange. For good reason, too, because Woz says he was misquoted, and actually likes the new iPads just fine.

Explaining the problem to A New Domain, Woz says:

I never criticized the new iPads. I think they are fine. I don’t think you have a choice between iPad models so that’s just saying that the iPad is good … that’s a very different statement (and contrary to the implication) that, if I chose not to upgrade now, less than a year after my last upgrade, then I, Woz, am saying that the new Apple iPad is bad.

According to Wozniak, the issue is that the British press habitually mischaracterizes his comments:

I’m sure I even started this interview, before a single question, (by) telling them that this was my feeling and experience with (UK) press but … I’d answer questions and be honest (in the interview) anyway. Some of the headlines (I saw as a result of that first interview) were very wrong — saying that I did not like the new iPad or (that I) didn’t think highly of it … though the headlines on the (UK and other) articles … make such a determination sound correct at first glance.

So what did Wozniak actually say?

I don’t buy every Apple upgrade. I love my iPad and I use it a lot … but the new one wasn’t enough of a critical change to get my money. I did not upgrade to the retina iPad back when.But when the retina iPad went to 128 GB of SSD, I did upgrade … because that helped me. By the way, I did upgrade to the new MacBook Pro. I ordered mine online. It’s a tiny thing but the upgrade from three quarters of a TB to 1TB of SSD made the difference for me. Once, I had a MacBook Pro with many tens of gigabytes available get bricked by some upgrade … (all) because it didn’t have enough spare storage room. So I don’t want to be close to full on (storage, ever).

In other words, to Woz, not every iPad is a critical update, and he cares about space more than Retina or new form factors. Makes sense, and he’s not alone. The iPad 2 still accounts for 22% of all iPad sales. It turns out that people don’t feel they need a yearly or even bi-annual upgrade to the iPad the way they do an iPhone.

What’s more important to you in a new iPad upgrade? Let us know in the comments.

  • Gregory Wright

    “According to Wozniak, the issue is that the British press habitually mischaracterizes his comments”

    I have a solution…why not keep your mouth shut, especially on matters you have no control over.

  • ctt1wbw

    Wait a minute. Woz has to buy Apple products? He isn’t given them as a token gesture of goodwill from the company he helped create? Really?

  • Adrayven

    I read his comments, then the headlines and thought the same thing. It’s SOP for them to go for sensationalized headlines these days, true or not! Lately I’ve begun the practice of ignoring commentary and reading only the quotes and then searching for the full statements.. I don’t trust the journalism of today.. WAY to liberal with twisting facts to get attention.

    If I wanted a sensationalized reality show, I’d watch TV!

  • thegraphicmac

    I have a solution…why not keep your mouth shut…

    Yes. Perfect suggestion. It’s clear he’s a drama queen and loves the attention – and everyone I know is just (sadly) sick of hearing from him.

  • Taojones_1

    bricked? why did the wiz not start the computer in hard drive mode( fire wired to another computer) and get his stuff backed up wipe it install the OS and dump it back in ?

  • gettysburg11s

    I totally agree with Woz. Its not necessary to upgrade your iPad every year like some people do with the iPhone. An iPad is more like a PC. You upgrade it every three years at a minimum. My household is still using an original iPad, and it still works great. I have an iPad mini, and, sure, I’d love to have the retina version, but its not a must have.

    The iPad Air is very nice, and the weight and thickness savings makes it a worthy upgrade on its own, but its hard to justify, especially if you already have an iPad with Retina.

  • rickfdez

    Who cares what he thinks??

  • Moebius

    It’s sad when someone who hasn’t done anything for the company in so many years is interviewed all the time and his words are taken as gospel. He’s a person, just like everyone else who has likes and dislikes. The only difference between him and a normal person is that he doesn’t have to work and make the money the buy his expensive toys. If it sounds like I am bitter, then maybe that’s true. I am just sick of someone who hasn’t made a fucking thing in a couple or so decades passing judgement on people who do.

  • Luxlamf

    I do love forum people who read articles then exclaim “Who Cares what he thinks” Blah blah blah.. Well Apparently YOU care as its the Title of the piece and you clicked on it and read it than got all Fussy. Odd So “Sick of Hearing from him”? But yet here you are, hmmm? Weird… That being said I agree with the man, I never update as often as many others do, iPhone 4s still working great, iPad2 no troubles. Macbook Pro is 4 years old but they stopped making 17″ so I am stuck with it. I of 1 don’t mind hearing what ole Woz has to say (hence why I clicked on an Article about WHAT HE SAID!! Genius huh?) seems like a nice guy who enjoys his life.

  • Stuka_UK

    The press are just sensationalist scum. I don’t put money in their pockets and haven’t done for many a year now. If only everyone stopped buying the arse wipe newspapers then they’d have to develop some scruples.

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