Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak may have more Santa Claus going for him than Ebenezer Scrooge but we’re beginning to see some ‘bah humbug’ coming from the great and powerful Woz in recent years. Apple gave Woz a new iPhone X (his wife has one already) and the response was mostly ‘bah humbug.’
Maybe this lack of enthusiasm or appreciation for technological advancements is something that happens to people as they age; especially those who have lived a life in the limelight. As was the case with extended families in generations past, great grandfather lived in my grandmother’s house. One day the wall telephone rang and he walked right by– as it was ringing– and went to sit down on the porch.
I asked, “Grandpa, why didn’t you answer the phone?” He said, “If I want to talk to someone I’ll go over to their house.” Yes, generations change. Some of us adapt, others do not, and some simply criticize the changes as not as good as the good old days.
I’m happy with my iPhone 8 — which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6, to me. For some reason, the iPhone X is going to be the first iPhone I didn’t — on day one — upgrade to. But my wife will, so I’ll be close enough to see it.
Suddenly, the great and powerful Woz was unable to see differences in new iPhone models, and showed no excitement or interest– skepticism, perhaps– in the iPhone X’s Face ID facial recognition system.
Apple responded to the public indifference and sent hime an iPhone X.
I think what I would want is Touch ID on the back… I’d want that more than anything. Face ID slows down my Apple Pay, and it fails enough times I have to keep typing the password… I have friends who actually turned off Face ID and turned passwords on to make their phone simple to use.
Different strokes for different folks, I guess. Woz’s portly stature and Santa Claus demeanor notwithstanding, the child-like interest and fascination with technological changes seems to have been vanquished by the ravages of time.
Where does Apple stack up in modern technology?
If you look at Google, Facebook and Amazon, we’re really being taken advantage of… We’re the weak guy, and they’re the big powerful guy exerting their power, continually getting more power and wealth over us… Apple is the one that makes its money off of good products.
On that, we agree. As to Google, Facebook, and Amazon, we entertain them by choice, and those of us who know and care about their influence, limit it by choice. If only Woz was not living in yesteryear. ‘Bah humbug‘ just seems wrong from someone with Apple’s DNA.