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Steve Wozniak Praises Apple CEO, Despite Past Criticisms

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Although Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has voiced his disapproval over certain Apple products, he has nothing but kind words for CEO Tim Cook.

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If there's one thing you can count on with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) co-founder Steve Wozniak, it's that the guy's great for a pull-quote . Whether praising or disparaging an Apple-branded product, Wozniak doesn't mince words and obviously speaks from a place of experience and passion.

So it's fortunate for Apple CEO Tim Cook that he has nothing but kind words for the man, despite Wozniak's past criticisms of certain decisions at Apple and a sizable negative sentiment from analysts and stockholders toward Cook's performance as chief.

In an interview with The Times of India, Wozniak was asked about his thoughts on Tim Cook in light of the 25% drop Apple shares have suffered since October 2012. Unlike certain analysts, he doesn't believes that Cook should be fired.

"Cook has been at the helm of Apple for a long enough time," Steve said. "We haven't seen what new categories of products are being developed secretly. Who knows what's going on in the company?"

He added that Apple's competitors -- chiefly Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) -- have presented "stiff competition in the smartphone arena" with undeniably great devices. However, Wozniak pointed to Apple's sales, profits, and company valuation as proof that it can still deliver the goods and provide the public with useful products.

Whether Apple would be in a better position had Steve Jobs not passed, Wozniak isn't willing to hypothesize. "If Jobs had lived, would Apple be better or worse than what it is now, I think, nobody can look back and say if the company had made different decisions, it would have [been] great," he said.

And as for the lack of new Apple product lines, Steve curiously believes the less-tech-savvy masses still need to master the iPhone before companies can progress beyond smartphones.

"There are a lot more people in the world who are not technically oriented like this audience," Wozniak said, "but they are afraid to acknowledge to the world that they don't know how to use a smartphone. The safest place for them is a world that doesn't change and where they feel protected. iPhone is the best place for the masses."

Adding, "And yes, there is too much of expectation [sic] from Apple."

But Mr. Steve Wozniak has drifted very far from that position. In 2012, he asserted that the iPhone couldn't match the versatility of Android, saying Google's line of phones have more features and wishing the iPhone could match the number of actions in Android phones. (See: iPhone Can't Match Android's Versatility, Says Steve Wozniak.) A few months later, he blasted Apple's virtual assistant Siri for its then-constant bugs and unreliable performance. "I've never had Android come back and say, 'I can't connect over the Internet.'"

"A lot of people say Siri. I say poo-poo," he concluded. (See: Apple Co-Founder Hates Siri, Too.)

So clearly, when it comes to arguably sub-par performances on Apple's behalf, Wozniak is much kinder to flesh-and-blood CEOs than a voice made up of ones and zeros.
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