Apple Draws Criticism From One of Its Own

Co-founder Wozniak raps Jobs for locking iPhone
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2007 10:53 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Apple has taken heat for its decision to lock its iPhone and prevent third parties from developing software, but now the company is facing criticism from one of its own. Laptop Magazine spoke to Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs in the 1970s and who had some cutting words for the company's recent decisions: he had hoped the iPhone would be "open like a computer," not closed like an appliance.

Wozniak freely admits that "from a business point of view, Apple owns what they have done." But he sides with the hackers who want their iPhones to work as a free platform in the manner of a handheld computer. Wozniak doesn't even use his iPhone to make calls: he prefers a Motorola Razr, "because it has better voice quality."