Late last month in a California court, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple over $1 billion as part of a patent lawsuit in which an American jury concluded the Korean company copied the American company, news which Apple CEO Tim Cook was quite pleased about. Given Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ comments on Android before his passing, he probably would have been delighted too. His counterpart, who is still alive, isn’t.
In fact, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak hates the result, doesn’t agree with it, and thinks it will be overruled. Samsung will of course appeal, and this case will go back and forth for months still, but Wozniak just wishes everyone could get along.
“I hate it,” Wozniak told Bloomberg in Shanghai today, referring to the patent battle. “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. 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.”
The famous engineer also had some comments about the just-announced iPhone 5, although he hasn’t bought one yet and is waiting till he plays with it before giving his opinion and before he compares it to the competition. Wozniak does have one hope though: that the new iPhone 5 will take better photos than its Android counterparts: “A better quality on the pictures will mean a lot, because when I show people pictures on my iPhone 4 and my Galaxy S III, they always say the Galaxy S III, or even the Motorola Razr, pictures look better.”
Even if it does, I’m sure the Galaxy S IV will top it, and the cycle will continue.
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