In a recent interview Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak defended current Apple CEO Tim Cook and the company in general as pressure mounts for Apple to introduce new products along with improving its inconsistent stock prices. Wozniak discussed, Cook, the future of Apple and what products he uses at CeBIT in Hannover, Germany with TV anchor.
Below are excerpts of Wozniak's interview.
On whether Apple CEO Tim Cook should be fired:
"Cook has been at the helm of Apple for a long enough time. We haven't seen what new categories of products are being developed secretly. Who knows what's going on in the company.. But we have had stiff competition in the smartphones arena. Unfortunately, a lot of other companies came up with great products. But look at who is number one as far as sales, profits and company valuation are concerned. Tim Cook is a hard worker and he is very good at execution. I don't know him too closely. But, I'm willing to wait for a longer time."
On Edward Snowden:
"Edward Snowden had the courage to give up his life for our freedom! He's a hero to me!"
Was Steve Jobs' death the beginning of the end of Apple?:
I would never say that. It's a sort of looking back thing. 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 great. But what you got to say is how we can be constructive on the path that will get the best for Apple.
Cook was named CEO of Apple in the wake of the ailing health of Steve Jobs, who recommended Cook take the helm of Apple. "As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple," Jobs wrote in August 2011.
“The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple's Board in a news release. “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”