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iPhone has fallen behind Android says Apple co-founder

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has spoken out on the current iPhone 5, suggesting Apple’s smartphone efforts are currently falling behind their high-profile Android rivals.

Suggesting the tides have turned and Apple is now falling to compete with a selection of Android powerhouse handsets such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the LG manufactured Google Nexus 4, Wozniak, who helped found Apple alongside its talismanic leader Steve Jobs, has claimed that the iPhone 5 is “somewhat behind” the competition.

“Currently we are in my opinion somewhat behind,” Apple co-founder Wozniak told Germany news outlet Wirtschafts Woche. “Other have caught up. Samsung is a great competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products.”

Not one to tow the rigid Apple line and constantly sing the praises of the company he helped create, Wozniak has a track record for publically sharing his positive thoughts to Apple’s competitors, recently suggesting that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 platform was more beautiful than iOS and that the Microsoft Surface tablet was like “Steve Jobs had been reincarnated.”

Although suggesting that Apple, with the likes of the iPhone 5 is “somewhat behind” its main competitors, Wozniak does not believe the company has lost its way, suggesting the iPad mini manufacturer still holds strong customer loyalty and is unique in creating widespread excitement about upcoming launches.

“The launch of a new Apple product is for me like a big, major concert in which you absolutely must attend personally,” Wozniak said. “It’s history.”

He added: “Sure, I could order online or call the store manager… But that would be nothing. No, I will have the experience like any normal customer. But one thing is certain, if Apple would make lousy products, I would not be in line.”

Although facing increasing competition in the smartphone market, Apple’s next-generation handset is widely expected to see an iPhone 5S release date produce a number of incremental improvements over the current iPhone 5, rather than wholesale changes.

According to recent iPhone 5S rumours, the expectant Samsung Galaxy S4 competitor will play host a selection of features Apple could not incorporate within the iPhone 5 such as NFC connectivity options and improved camera optics.

With the iPhone 5 making the jump to a 4-inch display in a bid to combat the rise of increasingly large Android handsets, further iPhone 5S rumours have suggested the device could land in ‘6-8 colours’ alongside a possible cheaper iPhone handset for emerging markets.

Is Apple still the smartphone powerhouse it once was or do you think Android and the likes of Samsung now rule the handset roost? Let us know via the TrustedReviews Twitter and Facebook feeds or through the comment boxes below.

Via: AppleInsider

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February 8, 2013, 12:02 pm

My impression of Android, as an iPhone 4S user, is that it is less polished than iOS. I may well be wrong, but if so, only because of very recent Android developments (like Project Butter). Taken as a whole package, I would still rather have an iPhone because stability and consistency matter more to me than comparatively small differences in specs. For example, in that past I've had various Samsung (non-smart) phones, and although they were OK, the UI always seemed to need one more button press to do anything than a similar Nokia. Cramming tech into phones is an impressive engineering achievement, but it's not much good if the device is awkward to use.

Apple stuff is consistently well built and the models are clear and hence widely known. This is great when you come to sell a device later, as there is always a ready market for it. Whereas an anonymous smartphone, although cheaper to buy, will likely lose value like a falling brick and may even cost you more in the long run.

To me, Android just seems like the cheap alternative. The sort of thing where you're tempted by the specs at a great price, then realise later why it was cheaper. Even if you disagree, the point is that this is the image of Android - and one with some justification. In the recent review of the flagship Nexus 10, TR said the hardware was magnificent, but it suffers from random crashes. I mean, really? It's truly pathetic. A mate with a Sony Tablet S has a similar issue. Can you even imagine an iPad doing that? Fans may put up with it, but a quality reputation is built on not allowing this sort of thing to happen, and doing so consistently over a long period of time.


February 8, 2013, 3:38 pm

It's the whole PC vs. Mac argument again. There is more choice and freedom on Android but greater quality control on Apple devices. Apple got a head start which is why the ipods, iphones and ipads are doing so well but it was inevitable that Android would overtake them and, eventually, swallow them whole.
I think Apple is a safe bet but for those who know what they want that there are better alternatives. I have an Alienware laptop with a graphics card that is twice as powerful as the the fastest MacBook and my wife has a Dell Adamo which, crucially has three USB ports. Both are as pleasing to the eye as Apple's equipment
The Sony Xperia Z has everything I could possibly want from an iphone and then some, my wife is holding out for the rumoured Nokia EOS, which will give us unbelievable camera quality on the go, a Satnav and Nokia Mix Radio. Again, both devices look to be as well built and stylish that apple has produced. More innovative as well
Apple re-invented the smartphone, mp3 player and tablet but have run out of steam and have been overtaken, in my opinion

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