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.
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