The co-founder of Apple Steve Wozniak has a different approach regarding the upcoming iPhone 7. Mr. Wozniak made remarks about the device not having a standard 3.5mm earphone jack during an interview with the Australian Financial Review on Monday.
Apple is reportedly using a new Bluetooth-based ear pod for its new release. However, the famous programmer claimed this could potentially frustrate people, as this type of wireless technology provides low audio quality, in his opinion. The iPhone 7 is rumored to hit the shelves in September, though no official information on its release -or even its name- has been confirmed by the company.
Steve Wozniak was in Australia as a judge for the 2016 Talent Unleashed Awards, an annual ceremony aimed at groundbreaking technology and innovation across New Zealand, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the UK.
In the interview, the inventor made clear his distaste for wireless audio.
“I WOULD NOT USE BLUETOOTH, I DON’T LIKE WIRELESS. I HAVE CARS WHERE YOU CAN PLUG IN THE MUSIC OR GO TROUGH BLUETOOTH, AND BLUETOOTH JUST SOUNDS SO FLAT FOR THE SAME MUSIC,” he said.
The earbuds could also connect via the iPhone’s lightning port
Apple has reportedly been working on a custom Bluetooth radio chip for wireless earbuds. Passif Semiconductor, a startup owned by the tech giant, is in charge of developing the low-power hardware designed to enhance battery life, according to an article on Forbes from August 4th.
Users of standard earphones might have to use an adaptor on Apple’s next releases
Mr. Wozniak addressed this matter. He currently uses custom-made ear implants with only one kind of jack. However, the programmer would have to switch to an adaptor if Apple implements the Bluetooth ear buds on its upcoming handset.
The inventor urged Apple to replace the magnetic port, and instead, follow the lead of competitors like Google and Samsung by adding a USB Type-C port. He praised Google’s Nexus 5 for featuring this type of connector and referred to the technology as “the future” for devices.
The famous inventor keeps hopeful for the company he started
Despite these comments, Mr. Wozniak would be opened to try an upgraded version of Bluetooth, or “Bluetooth 2”, as he mentioned in the interview. Apple’s co-founder trusts the company will continue to improve.
“APPLE IS GOOD AT MOVING TOWARDS THE FUTURE, AND I LIKE TO FOLLOW THAT,” he said.
Steve Wozniak is an electronic engineer, programmer and technology entrepreneur. He founded Apple Inc with Steve Jobs and developed the Apple I by himself.
Tech experts and the general public alike, consider Mr. Wozniak a pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 70’s and 80’s. And despite his departure from Apple in 1985, he remains connected to the company through stock ownership.
Source: The Australian Financial Review