Apple’s got a weird track record when it comes to giving its customers options. For some things, it has no problem letting them pick from a ton of choices to find the one that’s the best personal fit – just look at all the various iPod models available, and then the numerous color options offered. On the other hand, if you want an iPhone, your options are limited to two colors and a few storage options, but as far as device layout and design go, you can either have this year’s model, or last year’s model. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has some choice words about that way of doing business, and they’re not too kind to Apple.
In a recent interview, Wozniak described today’s Apple as arrogant, wishing that it provided iPhone hardware that was more accommodating to the differing tastes of smartphone users. While all the other platforms offer devices with a number of screen sizes, if you want to play ball in Apple’s court, there’s only one way to go.
Sure, it would be a very different landscape over at Apple if we had a new 3.5-inch, 4-inch, and maybe 4.7-inch iPhone every year, but does Woz have a point here? Is Apple’s “we know what you want better than you do” mindset a problem, or might that be part of what makes Apple products so attractive to some users?