Update: Woz spoke with Engadget and clarified his comments.
The more affable half of the Steves, Steve Wozniak, was recently quoted in a Dutch-language newspaper saying that Android will become the dominant OS over the iPhone and iOS in the same way that Windows PCs have dominated Apple for a long time. He goes on to be quoted that the iPhone “has very few weaknesses” and “when it comes to quality, iPhone is leading.” The Woz also believes that the Android OS will eventually match the quality of iOS.
While this may sound surprising coming from Wozniak considering his ties to Apple, it’s not earth shattering. He’s simply repeating sales and adoption reports that are already out there. Sales figures released in August of this year for the second quarter revealed that Android phones counted for 27% of new phone sales over the iPhone’s 23%. In that same quarter, Android grew 886 percent.
So really, Woz was just reiterating what sales figures have already stated, although he did have some interesting information about the iPhone’s history. He said in 2004 Apple worked with a well-known Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer on a handset, but the results weren’t magical enough. “Apple was satisfied with the quality but wanted something that could surprise the world. If Apple comes with a new product it must have a real breakthrough.” It’s interesting to imagine what a 2004 iPhone would look like, considering one of the hottest phones of that era was the Motorola Razr.