The man who co-founded Apple still spends his days giving his opinions to high profile people. He is still on Apple’s Board of Directors, and is listed on their payroll, so trust me when I say he’s not out of the loop.
The genius credited with building the first Apple computer was asked his opinion on the new era of computing last weekend. During a keynote session at Storage Networking World in Santa Clara last week, Wozniak was asked how tablets would revolutionize the industry.
“The tablet is not necessarily for the people in this room,”
He told the audience of engineers.
“It’s for the normal people in the world. I think Steve Jobs had that intention from the day we started Apple, but it was just hard to get there, because we had to go through a lot of steps where you connected things, and eventually computers grew up to where they could do… normal consumer appliance things.”
Wozniak’s remarks seem to be extremely in line (obviously) with what Apple has been saying all along, especially since the introduction of the iPad. Apple’s goal hasn’t ever been to be the fastest or have the highest tech specs.
They want to make products that appeal to the average consumer because there are so many more of them than there are people that care about the number of processors in a product.
Although the touch interface is quite nice on a tablet, it makes typing lengthy emails or putting together extensive spreadsheets tedious chores. The iPad is built for web browsing and viewing media content, things a normal person would do frequently. Thanks Steve for clarifying that for everyone, Motorola and company need to be taking notes!
What do you think? Is the tablet-PC meant more for normal people?