Steve Wozniak Disses iPad Air; Apple Co-Founder 'Wanted More Storage'

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Friday, 25 Oct 2013 02:53 PM

By Ken Mandel

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The iPad Air isn't Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's favorite device.

Speaking at Apps World in London, Wozniak told an audience that he wasn't impressed with the slimmer, lighter version of the popular tablet, despite its faster, 64-bit A7 processor.

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"Yes it's thinner but I wanted storage," Wozniak said, according to"I don't have broadband at home, so I carry all my personal media in the iPad. So I was hoping Apple has a 256GB iPad. So I emailed my wife and said I didn't want one of those."

Wozniak also mentioned that he was on a plane during Tim Cook's unveiling.

The 128GB version of the iPad, which is one of the largest storage devices for a non-Windows tablet, is still too small for the man who created the company in the 1970s with Steve Jobs.

"I can't order a movie from iTunes and watch it straight away," Wozniak told the crowd. "I could wait for it but I get bored by then. It's because of my lousy phone company, but that is life."

Making negative comments about Apple is nothing new for Wozniak, who in February told German publication Wirtschafts Woche that the iPhone maker is lagging in the smartphone market. He said Apple competitors like Samsung have better products.

"Currently we are in my opinion ... somewhat behind," Wozniak told Wirtschafts. "Others have caught up. Samsung is a great competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products." 

The Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple is known for its innovative products that include personal computers, iPhones, and iPads, which are always in high demand. The iPad Air retails for $499 and is scheduled to go on sale Nov. 1.

In addition to the iPad Air, Apple also introduced a $399 iPad Mini with Retina display similar to iPhones and iPads, and it also has that same A7 processor as the iPhone 5S and iPad Air.

If that's too costly, consumers can still purchase last year's Mini for $299. The full-sized iPad 2, which launched in 2011, will also be available for another year and sell for $399. 

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