Wozniak criticizes Apple’s Intel move?


MacMinute News provides this somewhat dramatic title and the following quote:

“It’s like consorting with the enemy. We’ve had this long history of saying the enemy is the big black-hatted guys, and they kind of represent evil. We are different, and by being different we’re better,” he says. “All of a sudden we’re the same in this hardware regard, so it’s a little hard to swallow your words from the past.”

But the Woz’s comments weren’t that much of a criticism at all since the very next paragraph in the article says

Still, the switch to Intel is a necessary one from an engineering standpoint, he said, because Apple needed a way to improve performance per watt. Mr. Wozniak would have liked Apple to continue using Motorola processors, but “Intel just did a very good logic design.”

Perhaps it would have been better, on the principle of “Thinking Different,” to use a chip designer other than Intel, but the reality is they have the fastest chips and Apple wants needs the speed.

UPDATE: I just listened to TWiT 44 and heard Woz’s rebuttal. And you can read the entire transcript here.

 

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