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Steve Wozniak on iOS 7, Mac Pro, Kim Kardashian, Jobs and the 'lousy' Macintosh

Ashleigh Allsopp | July 1, 2013
We round up Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's numerous interviews from this week, which cover a wide range of topics.

Woz explained that, when the internet first came, it was viewed as a beacon of freedom for everyone across the world to communicate with one another. "Now it turns out that every single thing we send as email counts as publicly viewable and it's totally open and exposed, and can be taken for whatever reason."

Woz said that, if Microsoft and Apple had build PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) encryption software into their products, "every email would have been encrypted and uncrackable."

Last week, Woz compared the US to communist Russia during an interview with FayerWayer.

Woz on Australia
In the past, Woz has expressed an interest in moving to Australia, but when NYDN asked whether the move was due to his concerns about the US government, he said: "I don't expect to move there full-time for a few years. I'm currently doing a lot of speaking engagements, and I can easily fly (out of Northern California). That would be harder from the airport in Australia. There's so much to learn about Australia, and I can work toward my citizenship when I'm there. But I don't plan to give up my American citizenship either."

Woz on iOS 7 and the new Mac Pro
Woz admitted that he hasn't yet tried iOS 7, but his first impressions of the new mobile operating system from what he saw at WWDC 2013 is that is looks "very beautiful." However, he did say that he wasn't overly impressed with Apple's introduction of AirDrop to iOS 7, comparing the new feature to Samsung's Bump. "I don't necessarily think Apple does everything best," he said.

Speaking later to Slash Gear, Woz said that he likes the Mac Pro's drastic change in design, noting that it reminds him of the Power Mac G4 Cube, echoing the thoughts of some of the Macworld UK editors.

After initially questioning how capable the new Mac Pro would be in the professional market, Woz concluded that it will be a game-changer, and that he "hopes it goes big."


Above: Apple's Cube (left) compared with the new Mac Pro (right)

Woz on the Steve Jobs movie
A new, two-minute trailer of the Steve Jobs biopic starring Two and a Half Men's Ashton Kutcher was released last week, and Woz has a few things to say about it. "I allow a lot of artistic interpretation for the sake of entertainment and inspiration, as long as the implied meanings of the scenes are accurate," Woz told Gizmodo. "I can't judge that until I see the film."

"I have a little bug in me that says this movie will portray Steve as a saint who was ignored, rather than one of the key people who led Apple through failure after failure (Apple III, LISA, Macintosh) while the revenues poured in from the Apple II that Jobs was trying to kill," Woz continued. "It's nice to have the luxury to fail. The Macintosh market was created in the 3 years after Jobs left, with a lot of effort, by some who Jobs disdains.

 

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