Should Apple release an Android phone?

'We could compete very well,' says Apple's co-founder about the idea. He's no longer with the company, though.

By Benzinga Feb 10, 2014 3:19PM

Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Phil Schiller speaks about the new iPhone 5C on September 10, 2013 in Cupertino, Calif. (© Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

By Tim Parker

While Apple (AAPL) may sometimes hope that he would keep quiet at times, co-founder Steve Wozniak often has some interesting words regarding his former employer.

This time is no different and it might be one of his most, let's say, interesting comments yet.

Speaking at the Apps World North America conference in San Francisco, Wozniak said this:

"There's nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market. We could compete very well . . . We could play in two arenas at the same time."

Now, if you think comments like that would get him kicked out of Apple HQ faster than he can say "iPhone," don't worry, he's not involved in the day-to-day operations of Apple anymore. But despite an almost audible sigh coming from Cupertino, his idea isn't so crazy, notes many tech bloggers.

The Android platform is open-source, meaning Apple could use it without fear of a Samsung-style lawsuit. With the huge market share that Android devices hold, an iAndroid could certainly appeal to the lower-end market that Apple can't seem to tap.

Of course, Apple has its own operating system that its fans love, and it has showed no interest in cheapening its brand to reach the extreme value market, so it's pretty safe to say that Apple would probably produce PCs before it released an iAndroid. (In other words, never.)

But Woz had some other notable quotes. He defended Apple's decision to not throw every feature into its phones as it could.

"If you have something really good, don't change it; don't screw it up," he said. "You pick up a Samsung phone and say "smile" and it takes a picture, but how much innovation is that? That's just throwing in a lot of features."

He later praised Apple for its ability to say no to some features that other handsets brag about.

When Woz talks, people listen closely -- even if some of his ideas are pretty out there.

Disclosure: At the time of this writing, Tim Parker was long Apple.

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Feb 10, 2014 4:49PM
Had the ipayphone. I'll stick with the Galaxy Notebook III. Awesome phone and work tool! Oh yeah; apps are free.
Feb 10, 2014 6:33PM
This is a silly question: Apple's business model is about "owning the user experience".  That means they control the hardware, they control the software, there is only one hardware platform that mates with the software, and they control what you can install from the app store (and make money on everything you buy).  They have generally high-end hardware, just about the only walk-in service at Apple stores, and pretty stellar reliability in all of their products.  That said, their products are not customizable and lock out technogeeks, and are truly premium priced.  I use windows for computing, android for my phone, and Amazon's Kindle flavor of Android for my tablet. 
Feb 10, 2014 8:03PM
This is the dumbest article I have read in a long time. Maybe Apple should put Windows on their Macs? Maybe Samsung should create their own OS so their phones will work as advertised?
This will never happen. Move on....
Feb 10, 2014 7:22PM
Interesting idea!  It's rumored that Microsoft is releasing the Nokia X at the 2014 Mobile World Congress on 2/24 along with two new Lumia 1820's.  The Nokia X will be a member of the Asha line of "featured" phones and provide a Windows Phone Active Tiles-like home screen and run Android.
Feb 10, 2014 5:23PM
why? Samsung has superior hardware anyway, the only reason Idevices exist is because the users got locked into the OS. 
Feb 10, 2014 7:55PM
Apple should just **** off. Their devices are gay just like their computers. I don't get all the stupid people who hyped apple up, they are garbage now just like they always have been. If you want to do ANYTHING other than text people buy PC and anything non apple. Same thing as the ps4 v. xbox1. Tons of morons out there trying to hype ps4, but if you have any clue what so ever about computers you know there is no comparison, Xb1= future of computer technology, ps4= outdated 3 years ago(yes that's outdated years previous to its release).
Feb 11, 2014 10:50AM
Nope. Go out of business and screw big investors like Icahn, would be better.
The "i" in i-Phone stands for "idiot" or what you will be once you forget to think before you peck. 
Feb 10, 2014 5:32PM
pickup an iPhone and say throw me in the garbage.

Feb 10, 2014 5:31PM
Maybe Apple could find a way to fix the damage done to the Galaxy SIII by the 4.3 update. Samsung sure as hell hasn't done a damn thing about it, nor do they even care.
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