Steve Wozniak says he can’t tell the difference between iPhone 12 and 13 

‘The software that’s in it applies to older iPhones, I presume and that’s the good part,’ says the former Apple boss

Jade Bremner
Tuesday 02 November 2021 11:30
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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak appears to be unimpressed with the product design of the company’s latest big release – the iPhone 13. He recently said he “can't tell the difference” between the new model and its predecessor.

Launched in late September, the iPhone 13 has a similar appearance to the 12, but has been lauded for its longer battery life, improved camera – including a Cinematic mode and ProRes mode – and harder glass.

“The software that’s in it applies to older iPhones, I presume and that's the good part,” Mr Wozniak, who started Apple with Steve Jobs in 1976, told Yahoo News.

The technology entrepreneur, who left Apple in 1985, also said there wasn’t much to rave about with the improvements on the new edition Apple Watch, compared to its previous incarnation.

It’s not the first time Mr Wozniak has been critical of the company’s products. In 2017, he was sent a new iPhone X, but decided not to stick with the new model, and continue with his trusty iPhone8, with its 4.7-inch display. He’d previously said his iPhone8 was markedly similar to his iPhone 7 and even the previous model – the iPhone 6.

“I’d rather wait and watch that one. I’m happy with my iPhone 8 – which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6, to me,” he said at the time.

He’s disagreed with Apple on not letting consumers in the US repair their own phones too, and has previously disagreed on patents. “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 to Bloomberg in 2012. And admitted that Apple phones didn’t quite keep up with Android models.

“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,” he told The Daily Beast in 2016.

But it’s not all bad reviews, Wozniak lavished praise upon the Apple Watch in 2019, calling it his "favourite piece of technology in the world right now”. 

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