Steve Wozniak says that Apple should have separated years ago

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is wildly outspoken and he never is been shy criticize the company he helped build. This week, he told Bloomberg that Apple should have parted long ago.


However, he is not necessarily talking about government regulators who want to go the way Elizabeth Warren wants. Rather, he seems to be talking about building an environment where engineers like him are free to work independently.

Here is the full quote: "I wish Apple had split off long ago and split independent divisions into faraway places and let them work independently, like Hewlett Packard did when I was there."

You may notice that HP was the company that turned down Wozniak when he wanted to make a personal computer – five times, according to Woz – and that HP as a company is nowhere near the hugely successful juggernaut that Apple is today. But Woz has also praised HP in the past for allowing him to work freely. "Engineers were able to enter & # 39; night and have access to all the parts they needed and tools to work on their own designs," he recalled in 2011.

"I think big tech has become too big, it is too powerful a force in our lives and it has taken away our choices. It's hard to escape," Woz told Bloomberg, but added that he thinks Apple & # 39; the best of the companies & # 39; is because it mainly earns money by selling products instead of following people.

He thinks that when it comes to Facebook and Google, competition must be enforced – but in the meantime he has the question: "Give me a choice to pay for almost no tracking."

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