Steve Wozniak's greatest Apple jibes

The company's co-founder has just said they should pay over 50% tax...

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Image: Jeff Chiu / AP/Press Association Images

Speaking to the BBC this week, Steve Wozniak expressed his annoyance that companies don't have to pay the same taxes he does - including the world-famous tech giant he co-founded 40 years ago.

Wozniak, who left Apple in 1985, said:

"I don't like the idea that Apple might be unfair - not paying taxes the way I do as a person.

"I do a lot of work, I do a lot of travel and I pay over 50% of anything I make in taxes and I believe that's part of life and you should do it".

The outspoken Californian also talked about how he was never in it for the money - unlike his late partner Steve Jobs.

"Steve Jobs started Apple Computers for money, that was his big thing and that was extremely important and critical and good".

Wozniak's comments won't be seen as particularly helpful to the company, of which he remains an shareholder, as the European Commission's probe into Apple's tax payments intensifies and they face fierce criticism from various nations about their dealings.

However, despite the fact Woz is still seen as Apple's cuddly mascot by many, it's not the first time he's taken potshots at the company he helped create. Even most of his compliments are backhanded, as you can see...


"My primary phone is the iPhone. I love the beauty of it. But I wish it did all the things my Android does, I really do."

Talking to the Daily Beast about the smartphone market in 2012


Siri Ain't Too Smart

"Sometimes I say ‘Go to Joe’s Diner’ and [Siri] doesn’t know where Joe’s Diner is. And very often usually I find out that Android does."

In conversation with BBC Click

The problem? Apple.

"A lot of people say Siri. I say poo-poo. "I was using it to make reservations long before Apple bought it.

"I would say, 'Siri, what are the five largest lakes in California?' and it would come up, one, two, three, four, five. And I would ask 'What are the prime numbers greater than 87?' and they would come up all in a row. That was pretty incredible...

"Then Apple bought Siri [big thumbs down]

"What are the largest lakes in California?' I'd get all these lakefront properties. And I'd say 'What are the prime numbers greater than 87?' And I'd get prime rib."

Times Union interview

Apple's Phil Schiller talks about Siri. Picture by: Paul Sakuma / AP/Press Association Images

iPad's Not-So-Hot Air

"When I finally took a look at the devices, the iPads didn’t hit my needs.

"Yes it’s thinner, but I wanted storage. I don’t have broadband at home, and you can’t get great broadband connection in hotels, so I carry all my personal media in the iPad.

"So I was hoping Apple has a 256GB iPad. I was hoping for more storage so I could put every episode of Big Bang Theory on my iPad. So I emailed my wife and said ‘nope, I don’t want one of those.'"

Criticising the iPad Air to Macworld


Apple Maps can get lost

"I don’t know yet about Maps - I’m a little worried about the navigation, but I’ve still got it covered with a bunch of other navigation apps."

Speaking to a crowd in Sydney, Australia, about the new app in iOS6.


Apple Watch taking company in wrong direction

"I love my Apple Watch, but - it’s taken us into a jewellery market where you’re going to buy a watch between $500 or $1,100 based on how important you think you are as a person.

The only difference is the band in all those watches. Twenty watches from $500 to $1,100. The band’s the only difference? Well this isn’t the company that Apple was originally, or the company that really changed the world a lot."

From a Reddit AMA earlier this year 

Picture by: Martyn Landi / PA Archive/Press Association Images

Screen size matters

"Part of me wishes Apple had not been so… arrogant and feeling that we’re the only one with the right clue. I wished they had made a wider version – small and large version of iPhone would have been great for me. Keep the aspect ratio the same but grow it the other way…

"I think Apple tricked itself by saying: Oh, you can reach everything with one thumb. I don’t see anybody having trouble using the larger screen. But Apple said that as a defensive move because everyone else had larger screens."

Talking to Tech Central in 2012


Steve Jobs' Macintosh Failure

"Steve really took over the project when I had a plane crash and wasn’t there. He took over the project, and it was really my own opinion — only my opinion — that he wanted to compete with the Lisa group that had kicked him out.

"He liked to call them idiots for making it too expensive. Well, one megabyte of RAM back then cost 10,000 of today’s dollars. He made a cheap one — but what he did was he made a really weak, lousy computer, to tell you truth, in the Macintosh, and still at a fairly high price.

"He made it by cutting the RAM down, by forcing you to swap disks here and there. It was a lousy product. Every time we improved the Macintosh, year by year by year, it got closer to what the Lisa had been."

Wozniak recalling his initial early '80s departure from Apple in The Verge