Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak on Friday said he would consider a return to an active role at Apple if the company approached him. In an interview with Reuters, Wozniak said he would be open to the possibility of returning to the company he helped build. Wozniak currently holds a position as chief scientist at Fusion-io, though he also still advises Apple and is still on the company’s payroll. “There’s just an awful lot I know about Apple products and competing products that has some relevance, some meaning,” Wozniak told Reuters in an interview. He went on to call Apple’s current products “unbelievable,” but noted that the company could stand to be a bit more open. “My thinking is that Apple could be more open and not lose sales,” said Wozniak, adding, “I’m sure they’re making the right decisions for the right reasons for Apple.” Apple CEO Steve Jobs is currently on his third medical leave since 2004, though the company said Jobs is still involved with major strategic decisions while on leave.
As is commonplace when Steve Wozniak gives an interview, the Internet was buzzing Thursday morning with snippets from a chat Woz had with Dutch newspaper De Telegraph. On Apple, Wozniak spoke of the company’s failed first attempt to build a cell phone. Apple collaborated with a well-known Japanese consumer electronics company in 2004, and the partnership yielded a phone. The Apple co-founder said that while the company was happy with the hardware, the project ended up being scrapped because the company “wanted something that could amaze the world.” Despite continued leadership and successful efforts in new areas, Wozniak went on to call Nokia a “brand of the previous generation.” Android, which he compared to the Windows PC platform, would ultimately end up winning the smartphone wars and become the mobile leader. “Android phones have more features,” said Woz, and the ever-increasing variety means there will be something for everyone.
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Steve Wozniak took the time out of his busy schedule to sit down with a Bay Area affiliate of NBC to discuss his take on the current situation over at Apple now that Steve Jobs won’t be gracing the hallways of 1 Infinite Loop until June. The discussion was in typical Woz style (though somewhat un-Woz in that he was mindful not to say anything bad about jobs) and provided a more rational look at Apple’s current and future situation than any analyst we’ve heard from to date. With Jobs gone until June, a lot of analysts and investors are panicking, fearing that Apple has automatically lost the innovation that it is famous for; an absurd notion to say the least. To this point Woz made sure to stress that with any tech company, products are in development for 12 to 18 months before they hit the street. Because of this, future products from Apple are “not going to be disturbed.” In fact, Woz made an excellent point that having Jobs away from Apple will allow him “rest and peacefulness”, something which could ultimately benefit Apple as it would give Jobs lots of time to think up “better concepts and products and ways the future could be…” Video after the jump.