iPad Air fails to  lift Apple veteran to   cloud nine

DISAPPOINTED: Mr Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and chief scientist of Fusion-io, had hoped that Apple would unveil a 256GB iPad at its launch event on Tuesday.


    Oct 25, 2013

    iPad Air fails to lift Apple veteran to cloud nine

    THE man who helped create Apple is not too impressed by his former company's latest range of tablets.

    Mr Steve Wozniak, who co-founded the tech giant with Mr Steve Jobs in the 1970s, said he was not keen on the slimmer, lighter and more powerful iPad Air, which made its debut at the Apple launch event on Tuesday.

    In fact, he did not even tune in to the show. "I am constantly following the gadget world, but I was on a plane and missed all of the keynote," Mr Wozniak said during his address at the Apps World developer conference. "When I finally took a look at the devices, the iPads didn't hit my needs."

    Storage was the deal breaker. "Yes, it's thinner, but I wanted storage," he said. "I don't have broadband at home, and you can't get great broadband connections in hotels, so I carry all my personal media in the iPad. So I was hoping Apple (would have) a 256GB iPad.

    "So I e-mailed my wife and said, 'Nope, I don't want one of those'."

    Mr Wozniak, 63, was not sold on the new iPad mini - which now comes with a Retina display - either. It is "just a hair too large", he said.

    Mr Wozniak, who quit Apple in 1987 and is known affectionately by Apple fans as "Woz", was seen on stage with an iPhone 5s, the company's latest flagship smartphone.

    But he was not happy with Apple on that front, either, saying that rivals such as Samsung offer bigger and better smartphone experiences.

    "When you went into a store and saw that the iPhone had the smallest screen of all, that was a little disappointing."