Apple and the iPhone haven’t really changed that much over the years. It has even reached a point where nothing could innovate it further, only adding bits and pieces to make it slightly different from previous models. Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, agrees with this and goes with the idea that introducing features into newer iPhones is not innovation.
“If you have something really good, don’t change it; don’t screw it up,” he said. “You pick up a Samsung phone and say smile and it takes a picture, but how much innovation is that? That’s just throwing in a lot of features.”
“People don’t really choose their smartphones based on features,” he added. “I think Apple is superior at being able to say no.”
However, the most interesting and ‘heretical’ thing he mentioned is the recommendation given to Apple, to release an Android version of the iPhone. He thinks that innovation has ‘stalled out’ at Apple, and that the Android approach might be something to consider, since most people don’t buy their smartphones based on features, but on brand and to be in line with their social circles.
“There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market,” said Wozniak. “We could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings. We could play in two arenas at the same time.” he added.
And an Android device is not that hard to build, especially for Apple. Android is an open-source operating system software based on the Apache Software License 2.0, and is available for any handset maker to adopt and develop. They could even make a custom version, just like Amazon did with their Kindle tablets. The only thing to consider is that they also need to license Google’s software, such as Gmail and Google Maps, but that is not impossible to work out.
The real question is, will Android fans accept a ‘iPhoneDroid’ or ‘iAndroid’ having an Apple logo on it? Or even Apple fans, will they accept an Android-powered iDevice? Crazy, isn’t it?
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