Apple co-founder: iPhone 6, not spectacular

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iPhone 6 has more users who use cases, than any other previous versions by Apple.

This according to Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs, is because there is only so much further you can move in terms of design.

Admitting that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus had nothing spectacular he said there were limitations to how much you could move further in terms of design.

“Apple’s products are one of the best designed in the world today, but the company has moved over to focus on functionality, rather than merely design. Apple has been a leader is setting the style and design standards of the world,” said Wozniak, addressing a gathering at the Government Summit in Dubai.

Steve Jobs would have admired Dubai success story

The growth and expansion of Dubai has been a modern success story which Steve Jobs would have admired and been proud to have contributed to, Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, told a distinguished audience on the second day of The Third Government Summit, taking place in Dubai between 9-11 February.

During a well-attended session hosted by CNN’s Richard Quest, Wozniak provided unique insight into the foundation of one of the world’s largest and most influential companies, Apple. Explaining how Steve Jobs and he had partnered in a garage to develop Apple’s original products, Wozniak described in colourful detail how having a clear and ambitious vision of what they wanted to achieve was crucial in developing the iconic brand.

Commenting on the contemporary world, Steve Wozniak encouraged the Government of Dubai to continue its focus on developing its young people, particularly higher education students and recent graduates.

Speaking from his personal experience, and citing other successful global businesses, such as Facebook and Google, he alluded to the common theme of young people demonstrating the initiative, determination, innovation and foresight to create and grow such disruptive companies.

Wozniak said, "Life is changing so much because of technology and it is no surprise that many of the world’s most successful businesses have been started by young people.

"In Dubai, as in the rest of the world, students and recent graduates should continue to be valued and provided with encouragement, investment and support so that they can achieve their dreams.

"With Government providing such an environment, it can encourage young talent to flourish, which can then feedback into society exponentially."

"Although this is my first time in Dubai, I have been very impressed with how quickly the emirate has grown and expanded in such a short time, as I know Steve Jobs would have been.

"It makes me proud to think that through the development of the first generation of personal computing, Apple has a significant role to play in this. As technology continues to evolve, a number of governments are engaging with it and using it positively. This is certainly the case in Dubai where innovation is currently top of the agenda."
 
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past three decades, Wozniak built the first Apple computer, alongside Steve Jobs, back in 1976. As such, he is credited with inventing the personal computer and heralding a new age of technology.

For his achievements at Apple Computer, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985, the highest honor bestowed on America’s leading innovators.

In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for "single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement in education.

After leaving Apple in 1985, Wozniak was involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. He is also the author of The New York Times best- selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon.

More than money

He also had a word of caution to the company he founded and the young audience in Dubai. “Don’t just go after money, some of the great inventions were never meant to make money.”

“When we first started out at the Homebrew Computer Club – an informal gathering of enthusiasts, who trader components and parts towards the development of computer back in the 70s and the 80s - the idea was not to make money. It was to fundamentally change the way we work. 

"We knew that once you can afford to build and own computers, it would change the way the world works,” he added.

“When I first created the Apple computer, I knew it was so good, compared to anything else out there and so I did not want to show it to the world,” he said adding that when the third partner - the guy who initially funded the project.

“He was the angel investor who taught us the tricks of business and how to do it right. Our investor believed that we could be a billion dollar company in five years. But at that time I just thought he was talking big,” he added.

Wozniak also said that the legendary garage where Apple was supposed to have started out was ‘just a myth,’ and a creation of a marketing agency the new company had hired.

“When we got funded for the Apple 2 computer, we got an agency to tell our story. They created this myth of a garage. Steve did the business on the phone from his bedroom. But the Garage was a good story. It was a good myth for the public,” he said.

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