You’d think that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak would be in the know about what the iPhone maker is working on, but apparently not. Speaking at a technology conference in Lithuania, the man affectionately known as ‘Woz’ said that he doesn’t ask Apple insiders what the company has up its sleeve, but he’s not worried.
Woz says that while Apple’s stock price may be in something of a state of flux, he believes that Apple is very well prepared for the coming battles it needs to face even if some of the rumored devices either turn out to be false, or the project itself gets canned.
Interestingly though, despite claiming to not really know what Apple will release next, Woz did say that he expected that it would launch something that would ‘surprise and shock us all,’ although quite what he meant by that is left very much up in the air.
One of those products could be a potential iWatch device, with wearable computers proving to be popular amongst those who at least say they would be interested in such a device. Whether that would translate into real sales though remains to be seen, and is arguably why a company like Apple is yet to enter such a new market. Wozniak himself is famous for wearing an iPod nano as a watch previously, so it is a pretty safe bet that the ‘other Steve’ would be first in line should an iWatch befome a reality. We’re keeping our fingers crossed for this one.
Wozniak did say that he hoped that voice recognition on mobile devices would become more powerful during his time in Lithuania, and with Apple’s Siri and Google’s Now software duking it out for supremacy out in the field, time will tell whether either will ever truly take our fingers away from our on-screen keyboards. Woz hopes so, but we’re not so sure we’re sold on the idea of voice recognition just yet. Admit it, it’s a crazy thing when you’re standing in public and talking to your phone without anyone on the line.
If Apple is to release an iWatch then we’d expect it to be announced alongside a new iPhone, potentially around the August/September time bracket. With that in mind, there’s plenty of time for the rumors to swirl, and we’re sure they’ll do just that.