Wozniak: I desperately want an Apple Watch

Apple co-founder makes star appearance at Dubai-hosted Gartner Symposium

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Wozniak: I desperately want an Apple Watch Woz: I love to buy all the technology I can and play with it.
By  Stephen McBride Published  May 20, 2015

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak gave his thoughts on the Apple Watch in a packed auditorium in Dubai this morning, criticising the price tag, but still declaring it the only smartwatch he was interested in buying.

“It’s hard for me to pick out which one I want and how to get it, but I do want one, desperately,” said Wozniak, during an on-stage Q&A with David Willis, Gartner VP and Distinguished Analyst, during the company’s Symposium at the Madinat Arena.

Wozniak, known affectionately as “Woz” to a legion of fans, is now Chief Scientist for solid-state storage solutions-provider, Fusion-IO, but he also remains, technically, an employee of Apple, the company he founded with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne in 1976. As such, he told the audience, he gets a 50% discount on the Apple Watch.

“The Apple Watch, I haven’t yet ordered,” he said. “I would love to get to the mall and buy one. I was busy travelling when it was released. Then Apple had a deal where you could get half off and believe it or not, I’m an employee and I can get half off, but I have to go through an internal network that I don’t know how to operate right now.”

Wozniak single-handedly designed the Apple I and Apple II and his love of technology leads him to buy and try a range of devices.

“I love to buy all the technology I can and play with it, because you don’t really learn about something by reading about the specs and what people say about it,” he said. “No, you hold it in your hand, you use it and you say, ‘this works well, or it works lousy.’”

When it comes to smartwatches, Woz is looking for something that adds an experience beyond fashion and time-telling.

“I have continually worn a watch and I wear it to see the time of day, because the time of day is so important to me and I don’t want to pull my iPhone out of my pocket, and I’m not one of those people who carries [my iPhone] around everywhere I go looking at it. So I’m a subject for smartwatches and I’ve tried a few, but they disappointed me. Some of them you couldn’t hear unless you held it up to your ear. You could ask it a question, but most of the answers from Siri would come back on the phone in your pocket.”

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1400 days ago

What a load of BULL. Publicity Stunt

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