Steve Wozniak, the man who founded Apple alongside the late, great Steve Jobs, says he’s annoyed with a recent California jury’s decision to award Apple $1 billion after a lengthy patent trial with rival Samsung.
Wozniak also says he’s looking forward to the iPhone 5, primarily because the camera shipped with the iPhone 4S sucked by comparison to cameras found in other devices.
Wozniak made the comments in a recent interview with Bloomberg News. His most stunning comments involved the $1 billion patent decision in favor of Apple, after a jury found Samsung had infrined on a number of smartphone patents.
The decision could have a long-term impact on Samsung, which produces a number of very popular Galaxy smartphone devices. Apple is currently preparing a new case that could see these products taken off store shelves for good.
So, what does Wozniak (known by many as “Woz”) think?
“I hate it…I don’t think the decision of California will hold. And I don’t agree with it — very small things, I don’t really call that innovative.”
In Woz’s ideal world, tech companies like Samsung and Apple would share these kinds of technologies, rather than fighting over them in a courtroom.
“I wish everybody would just agree to exchange all the patents and everybody can build the best forms they want to use everybody’s technologies,” he said.
Wozniak also took a shot at Apple over the iPhone. After admitting he’s “always excited” when an iPhone launch approaches, he indicated that it was about time Apple introduced a smartphone with a decent camera.
“A better quality on the pictures will mean a lot, because when I show people pictures on my iPhone 4 and my Galaxy S3, they always say the Galaxy S3 — or even the Motorola Razr — pictures look better,” Wozniak noted.
The iPhone 5 is set to hit retailers later this week.