The banter between loyal Apple fans vs. the world will probably never end, but it doesn’t help Apple fans any more now that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has admitted that he thinks the iPhone is “… somewhat behind with features in the smartphone business.” That’s right, he said it. He also mentioned in the same statement that Samsung is a big competitor because they are currently making great products – key word there, currently.

Here is the exact quote from Wozniak during his visit at the Businessweek’s Best Brand Awards:

I am proud that we have such loyal fans. But this loyalty is not given; the need to have the best products is always there. Currently we are in my opinion somewhat behind with features in the smartphone business. Others have caught up. Samsung is a big competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products.

You know what they say, “The first step is admitting you have a problem.” Perhaps this is a good first step for Apple. It might even be a second or third step; I’ve heard that iOS 7, which is reportedly in the works, is going to have plenty of new features. What those features are exactly, I have no idea, but obviously by looking at this statement they’ve taken note of Samsung’s success (it’s kind of hard to ignore) and unless they’re prepared to follow up such a statement with some big changes, you can expect Apple’s loyal following to die out relatively quickly if something isn’t done about it. I do not expect to see Apple go down so easily.

I have to say that Mr. Wozniak hit the nail on the head when it comes to customer loyalty to Apple – it is most certainly not given, and in order to keep that fan base you have to constantly produce the best products. While the iPhone may carry an elegant look, it’s very much what’s on the inside that counts even more. In my review of iOS 6 yesterday I mentioned that basically iOS 6.1 is just as I expected it to be and I feel very indifferent about the upgrade from iOS 5.1; additionally, I don't feel like I lost anything by waiting months after its initial release. Why? Because they’re practically the same thing. Give or take a few features and what seems to be a fluidity boost, I already knew exactly what to expect. No disappointment, but no surprises either. It’s a predictable cycle at this point on the iPhone for both the hardware and the software: one device that runs on one software with minimal changes to both with each passing year; then you look at Android which was an insane amount of variety and each new software upgrade features a vastly different environment that you practically have to re-learn. Even if you don’t like change you have to admit that Android has come out with some pretty cool features.

The iPhone is very much like a real apple: different sizes and a few flavors, but in the end when you look at it it’s still the same shape and consistency with minimal varying qualities - it is still an apple. This method of theirs worked for a while, but it seems that if any time is a good time to branch out now is the best time to do so. Apple still has their cards in a good place: they still have a big loyal following, they realize where they stand, and they have the means to change. All they have to do now is just set the plan in motion. I can be very critical of Apple sometimes, especially regarding some ridiculous patents of theirs, but as an iPhone user who seems to be having a difficult time actually switching my phone out for something different, I can’t say that I dislike them too much. I just hope that my next big update will hold some pleasant surprises and something that’s actually worth bragging about.

Readers, how do you feel about Wozniak’s statement? Do you agree, or do you think that Apple should keep on doing what Apple does best? Let me know your thoughts!


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Kathleen Jolicoeur
Kathleen Jolicoeur Clearly, it is. Always has been, and always will be. Android is superior in almost every aspect. If you want a REAL phone, get an Android, rather than a children's toy. My SGS II Epic 4g Touch has yet to fail me with its new Jellybean update(:
Ymmot Soirrab
Ymmot Soirrab If Steve was still alive Google would be in court with fat lawsuit against Analdroid!
Aleksandar Stoiljkovic
Aleksandar Stoiljkovic faaar far
JD Cole
JD Cole Yes apple is far behind
Jesse Dominguez
Jesse Dominguez The iPhone is only behind a handful of Android I.e. Note 2 and The DNA. There are ALOT of crap Andrpid phones out there. I love my Note 2!!!
Mindy Kuskin Prestigiacomo
Mindy Kuskin Prestigiacomo IPhone are for kids!
Walter Brown
Walter Brown IPHONE SUCKS!!! And so does its fan base. Booyah!
Sebastian Gomes
Sebastian Gomes iOS has been behind since the 4s. I just lol'd when the 5 came out since it was just "thinner, lighter, and a little faster" while everyone else is making their smartphones into true mini computers, making the iPhone look like a toy
Abraham Youhana
Abraham Youhana Oh Definitely, in specs and software. Android is superior in everything except build quality
Jessica Wiseman
Jessica Wiseman Pretty much!
Johnson Mar
Johnson Mar Yes, yes, and yes.
Miles Justin McNairy
Miles Justin McNairy HTC HD2 running Windows 6.5 was the first phone to release a 4.3 inches display (Nov. 2010) before other company. I like to give an applaud to HTC for making me happy with HD2 and can boot along with Android, Windows Phone 7, and more! Now I'm a Samsung fan and have Galaxy Note 2. During that time, iPhone was still 3.5 inches until couple of month ago they release 4.0 inches...which they still behind...
Ismael Hurtado
Ismael Hurtado Juan C Fraire Manuel J Fraire
John Soliz
John Soliz Its behind one Android for sure, and that Android is the Galaxy Note II.
Justin Lindland
Justin Lindland This is kinda a stupid question that only causes fights but between iOS and android they both have good points and bad points but what really matters is how it works for you as long as it works for you that's all that matterrs.
Andrew Bissel
Andrew Bissel What? NOOOO. I thought the out dated GUI style, lack of NFC and being so locked down was state of the art!
Dee Nazario
Dee Nazario You don't "play" with widgets. You USE them.
Christopher Manic Johnson
Christopher Manic Johnson Android is ahead of iPhone in terms of cloud based ecosystems, design, UX implementation, and in terms of the user being free to do what they choose. I admit, it might not seem as polished as iOS, but ask yourself, are automatics better than manuals because they offer a smoother ride? Duarte>Ive
Roger Penn
Roger Penn It's just a setup for the next big iPhone innovation guys don't you see admit your issues then drop something huge to lead the pack again....iPhone 4life my jail broken iPhone 5 is pimp now!
Chris Grillo
Chris Grillo You can only play with widgets so many times... I have returned my Samsung Note, and more than happy to go back to my iphone...
Loi Tan Vo
Loi Tan Vo I can't believe people are finally opening their eyes. ios has lacked features for a long time.
Lawrence Lepes
Lawrence Lepes You have to ask that question? I can think of at least 5 Android Powered phones that are way better than the Iphone!
Sean Watson
Sean Watson I can not believe this is even a question.
Jae Streets
Jae Streets
Ric Rush
Ric Rush Does it really matter? Love the phone you have. Otherwise buy something different and Love that. Don't waste your energy worrying about what the neighbour has.
Basil Fearrington
Basil Fearrington Yes!
Greg Peschin
Greg Peschin Still loyal to Apple and its ecosystem; happy again after jailbreaking; iPhone is now on steroids; got tired of waiting for Apple to catch up to Samsung
Oliver Antonio Fajardo
Oliver Antonio Fajardo Yes, I just received my nexus 4 and and I'm loving it. True iPhone is fluid but android is getting better with every update. So once the fluidity is up to par with the iPhone apple will have nothing to compete against if they keep up with their stale operating system..
David DiPilla
David DiPilla Yup
Evan Naumcheff
Evan Naumcheff Yes, yes it is.
Javier Segura
Javier Segura Android sucks gorilla balls, it's by far the most lagy, crash prone, and visually uninspiring OS I've ever used and I own a GS3. My old iPhone was a rock, almost never crashed, stuttered, or had to be rebooted as often as the POS GS3. Apple has software engineering down to an art, Google best stick to search engines.
Jason Ramos
Jason Ramos The problem with Apple is their overzealous fan base. They know they're gonna buy the damn phone no matter what so Apple plays it safe by adopting the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" philosophy. Don't expect any drastic changes to iOS anytime soon.
Sam Rick
Sam Rick Is the Pope catholic??!
Jude Fils-Aime
Jude Fils-Aime THANKS WOZ for telling these isheeps that Iphone is behind on technology. no NFC chip NO FULL HD 5" 1080P SCREEN everyone surpasses iPhone starting from DUAL CORE TO QUAD CORE & from 4.3" screens to 4.8" all the way too 5" screens
Yasir Habib
Yasir Habib android rules apple sucx
Florens Richter
Florens Richter Of course!! You just have to try iOS to get bored.
Jeff Griffith
Jeff Griffith For now, we'll see what the future has in store
Alekjandro Garcia
Alekjandro Garcia yes
James Norwood
James Norwood "key word there, currently." I hope phonedog has alot of chapstick for the amount of Apple ass kissing that they do.
Lance Tomlinson
Lance Tomlinson IOS has been behind Android ever since eclair. Cupcake and donut were not as good as iOS but eclair changed the game, froyo sealed androids future as the superior os and since then gingerbread, honeycomb, ice cream sandwich, and jelly bean have just continued to fine tune the android os into something that I don't think another company can catch up to. I can't even imagine how good key lime will be.
August V. Brown
August V. Brown Money talks, they have to be doing something right. Over 50 million iPhone 5s sold to date! 130 billion dollars in CASH money. Samsung hasn't pulled those numbers! Apple is fine!
Patrick George Jr.
Patrick George Jr. Android just feels like a beta OS to me, its something that you have to babysit every step of the way.
James Norwood
James Norwood Do you really need to ask, Apple admits their map system sucks it's clearly they're behind Android. Apple
Mike Hogue
Mike Hogue Everything's behind my Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Dawnetta Coleman-Whitehead
Dawnetta Coleman-Whitehead Yep! #TeamAndroid #FTW
Garry Magat
Garry Magat Apple IOS is like driving Vehicle with Automatic transmission while Android Jelly Bean OS is driving vehicle with manual transmission. Most of the people can drive a car but only few, a real Driver. Not all smartphone user are computer or technology literate. Android Jelly Bean OS is the present technology.
Danny Rios
Danny Rios GOOD! keep talking about the iPhone.. so like that apple wakes up and finally kicks androids butt again!!!!!!!! ;D
David Moreno
David Moreno Agreed. Apple must change with the trend as others have done. People are getting more tech savvy and therefore require more options. I hope they do cus they make back great products! Owner of a Note 2...TBC...
David Otero
David Otero Samsung Galaxy note 2 destroyed the apple iphone by itself.
Mark Fisher Jr.
Mark Fisher Jr. Why cause it ain't got no widgets?
Gregory Holbird
Gregory Holbird Remember when Apple first hit and was the thing, then there were several decades they were forgotten about. Looks like they are headed back that direction. Hate, hate to glorify Steve jobs, but it has been on a decline since his death. they have too much money now to completely go away. But they aren't competitive on features. And it has nothing to do with the number of android phones but rather the innovation coming from google that apple just isn't doing. Interactive notifications, Widgets, google Now. I also believe part of it is their required mac environment for app creation. i want to make apps for Iphone, but I am not buying a mac just to do that. The only reason they have done that is it spurs sales. most developers would have used a windows machine, but had to buy a mac.
Zac Caslin
Zac Caslin If your counting bugs yes apple is way behind.
Christopher Wesley
Christopher Wesley Not behind but lacking in innovation. It's worked very well for them but it seems the person writing this article seems to keep making excuses and holds on believing something good will come along. I'm not going to say which os I prefer but I think it's time for Apple to look at the competition and get with the times. It's not a bad thing but it sure sucks when you're the victim of your own mess.
Jay LifesGreat Coote
Jay LifesGreat Coote apple sucks big peanuts. NOTE II baby
Alex Santizo
Alex Santizo I have an iPhone 4s as an itouch, because I will never use it as a phone, I tries loading the Carls Jr menu and it couldnt even do that. So I had to use my htv EVO 4g LTE ...
Paulo De Freitas
Paulo De Freitas Oh no, shame... my sympathies go out to all iPhone fanboys... (not really, just kidding...)
Lee Simmons
Lee Simmons Yep
Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis Android all the way. IPhones too small for hands for one. And also the OS is just not for me. I'm a customization nerd so yeah no wonder my sn is androidfanboy76 haha
Devin Martinez
Devin Martinez I do gotta say iPhone is a completely different phone jailbroken....
Devin Martinez
Devin Martinez It depends on what ur looking for. Apple is more on the safety, ecosystem, sharper better apps side of things. Android is more open, more let u do what what ever u can with ur phone kinda thing. Behind depending how u look at it & what u want from them
David D. Susano
David D. Susano We live in a world where we argue & fight over what OS is better. Smh when we clearly know android sucks x) lmao
Robert Salender
Robert Salender Give Microsoft time.
Reese Woodson
Reese Woodson As a owner of a Nexus 4 (and iPhone 5), I can say iOS is behind Android.
Jonathan Lee
Jonathan Lee Hell, Yes!
Josh Billingsley
Josh Billingsley Way behind
Javier Sanchez Ojeda
Javier Sanchez Ojeda Yes Android phones the way they Came out in this Couple of months and months ahead their kicking ass , Samsung, Htc, and now Lg their on the top OF their game
Jason C. Monroe
Jason C. Monroe iOS definitely had the edge on user experience and apps for a long time. The iphone was a game changer and really pushed the market forward. However, Apple has really been stagnate on the software side of things while simultaneously not offering nearly the diversity that Android has always offered (is it too much to get to different screen sizes?). Since ICS Google has had a pretty nice feature advantage, app parity, and Unique look and feel. Since Jellybean I personally feel that Android outclasses the iphone on everything but intuitiveness. If Android's next iteration, Key Lime Pie, is a noticeable upgrade and iOS 7 is not we could start seeing a very sharp decline in iphone sales this year. Hopefully Apple can come up with something big as I'd hate to see Android's biggest reason to innovate go away.
Michael Kergosien Jr
Michael Kergosien Jr Love my S3.
Sung Cho
Sung Cho I could have told him that two years ago
Dharry Mejico Fraga
Dharry Mejico Fraga i guess so, im an apple fan really, what i only like about about apple only is the hardware.... screw iOS its on it dead end of innovation of being different, it just works thats all.
Don Stephen Strada II
Don Stephen Strada II Way behind....were in 1080p phones now
Dinael Valdivia
Dinael Valdivia not forever UBUNTU its coming
Eric Eduardo Garcia Càrdenas
Eric Eduardo Garcia Càrdenas Windows is the best ! <3 my windows phone
Miguel Angel Napoles Juárez
Miguel Angel Napoles Juárez Theres always behind od Android. Android is the best!! Forever.
Gordon Christie
Gordon Christie I think it been behind for two years Android is way in front the new blackberry OS looks good and Ubuntu have a phone coming in October which will make it look prehistoric
Rand Kalik
Rand Kalik And if you can't load the article it's because you're likely on an iToy. My DROID loaded it ASAP.
John Dalisay
John Dalisay 'somewhat behind' is an understatement
Miguel Placencia
Miguel Placencia remember what happens when you keep an ecosystem closed and to only your own designers? look at blackberry.
Luis Robles Figueroa
Luis Robles Figueroa I do agree 100%
Jerry Tan KL
Jerry Tan KL Everyone knows that
Devin Vosburgh
Devin Vosburgh Maybe I am exhausted from debating this since the beginning...but really, who cares.
Rand Kalik
Rand Kalik If you released the same OS and essentially the same hardware for 3 years you would be behind too.
Lim Xilvre
Lim Xilvre Android still need improvement but IOS foundation very good..
Daniel Valdez
Daniel Valdez It's way behind man lol. Am starting to feel like Apple who? What? LMAO! They need to create more options, better customer support for their Apps store, customers need the ability to say: I really didn't like that Apps give me my $$$ back. Apple used to have their users in mind when they created them products now they only have their partners and the $$$ in their minds.. IT SUCKS! ***MORE CUSTOMIZATION OPTIONS***
Cezzar Micu
Cezzar Micu Yes, iphone is behind. Android is really great, note 2 rocks
Emanuel Ringo
Emanuel Ringo "Somewhat" behind? are you serious? - it's ALWAYS been behind the tech curve!
Herwin Torres
Herwin Torres Android ftw!
Justin Alan Smith
Justin Alan Smith Yes. iPhone is really overrated. Android can do a lot more without restrictions.
Rick Hornett
Rick Hornett And this important because...... Not my problem. Theyre pieces of junk anyway.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Walking dead me is in the app store..
Del Wells
Del Wells The link is dead. I agree, though
Lim Xilvre
Lim Xilvre Be honest. IOS is much better,nice,steady and secured. Only iphone is lousy. Been thru so many years.no different.. same design Samsung phone is very good but Android Os is sucks.. lack of improvement. Not so good compare to IOS. Android had various of design, size but the Android OS is not 100& steady..
Maegan Babcock
Maegan Babcock This article doesn't load for me. All I get is the title and who wrote it. I often have this problem with Anna's columns.
Veronica Thibodeau Tomlinson
Veronica Thibodeau Tomlinson I mean honestly, you can't even close all programs at once you have to endlessly hit the minus sign. Tedious!! They need to step it up!!
Lance Bell
Lance Bell I want to buy another iPhone...bought the 2G when it was revolutionary. I want them to do better, but i dont think they can. Google is just too amazing. Nexus 4!
TuCan Dan
TuCan Dan Yes, it is
Zach Brito
Zach Brito It has been behind for almost three years now.
Finn Evans
Finn Evans Somewhat far behind? Dude, come back to to earth where reality is. Crapple's been behind like million years...far behind because they can't implement maps, hardware is still a rectangle with rounded corners, iOS is still an app drawer, and still ARE NOT customizable.
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz jelly bean. no lag
Josef Ruiz
Josef Ruiz A lot will change in the future to come.. lol Talent Trust - Offshore with a difference
Tyler Frodl
Tyler Frodl I personally like android and iOS both. Because I've had a galaxy s3 and an iPhone 5 and I loved them both. But they have their differences with strengths and weaknesses.
Faraz Akram
Faraz Akram Nott just behind... in fact v much behind...
Jordan Williams
Jordan Williams I'll give apple credit in that a 4 inch screen is just small enough to fit snugly in most people's hands, but still large enough to use comfortably. Of course, LG released a 4 inch phone in...2011? So Apple is behind on that one, considering a G2X can do almost anything an iPhone 5 can. Also, THE WOZ HAS SPOKEN
Teejay Crooks
Teejay Crooks Yes its far behind when i see someone with an iphone i do the Iscared face when i see someone with an android i do the robot dance *****
Jarmo Salmela
Jarmo Salmela @Teemu Tuomisto: It's not a matter of an opinion. You may like iPhone more than Android but that doesn't mean it's better. You should read this: http://rottmann.net/2013/01/an-iphone-lovers-confession-i-switched-to-the-nexus-4-completely/
LaToya's Page
LaToya's Page Been behind
Veronica Thibodeau Tomlinson
Veronica Thibodeau Tomlinson They need to make it wider! It looks like a toy phone Compared to all the other leading phones on the market
Travon Prince
Travon Prince Yes!! Apple is behind. Can't customize and personalize like you can with android!! Galaxy S3!
Teµ?? ???da???
Teµ?? ???da??? Android nowadays is.much better because of the many features.. apple needs to step it up and bring huge displays to the smartphone market..
Bobby Grissom
Bobby Grissom DROID.....LOL
David Rathbun
David Rathbun If Google had a media center like iTunes they would have already taken over because the top of the line Android devices are far superior to the iPhone.
Ronnie Cave
Ronnie Cave
Brandon Beamon
Brandon Beamon It is! I'm an Apple fan and I totally agree. Apple needs to step it up upon their next release because if android releases their successor to the galaxy s3, I might switch. The S3 already has my attention so Apple, get it together!
Tim Moore
Tim Moore Trying to "do their own thing" has backfired. I mean what were the new things with the 5? Panoramic capture. Been on Android for a while. LTE. Been on Android for a while. "Larger screen." Still smaller than most Android ones. I think the only reason they didn't go larger was to be "different." No NFC still. Google Now I think is better. iPhone has been virtually the same for a while. Especially since the 4. I have not been wowed by anything since then. Still a good phone but not wowed.
Donnie Ross Oneill
Donnie Ross Oneill Iphones blow! Just to get a free app you have to input your credit card number! Are u fuckin serious now the Androids are sick u can do anything with them movies music games you name it droid does! And apple does not!
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis How about Steve Wozniak takes his fat ass back 2 apple with some ideas instead of being a critic.
Bobby Grissom
Bobby Grissom Yes it is.
Matthew C Sjoblom
Matthew C Sjoblom Yes the iPhone is behind Android. It is always the same os user friendly layout. Only way to make it more unqiue is by jailbreaking it to make it more fun to use. Android gives more options and even for budget friendly devices out there today it still gives you a layout,feel and personalizations than iOS. It's just an opinion but,in all reality speaking Android OS was the first to come out with,Notification center where what was it? A few years ago or maybe less iOS said it is light years ahead with that impletation? Apple just needs to scrap all that iOS bs and come up with something new and more inviting to make it atop the leader boards again if they get better and more refound people to come up with this. If not,Android will be on top a lot longer than they have expected and Apple should just stick to computers
Jeffrey Tran
Jeffrey Tran I believe it is, the recent updates mostly brought features that were already present in android, coupled with a large amounts of scuffs, I believe the answer is clear
Valerie J Yelk
Valerie J Yelk The iPhone has always been behind. It finally caught up to my Samsung Mesmerize (which is almost 3 years old). Apple better step up their game or they will be out of the cell phone business very soon. Team Android.
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis If it is its only because there are 50 million androids released every month.
Clary Dsilva
Clary Dsilva Galaxy note *
Dayan Inclán
Dayan Inclán Yes. And getting further behind
BG Michael
BG Michael LG Optimus G & Nexus 4 rocks
Teemu Tuomisto
Teemu Tuomisto No it's not. In my opinion iPhone is better...
Clary Dsilva
Clary Dsilva Switched from not to apple . The touch screen is butter smooth no lags , what more i want
Steve Bachman
Steve Bachman Gross understatement of the day!
Scott Storobinsky
Scott Storobinsky Bs
Julie Rybowiak-Healy
Julie Rybowiak-Healy Just switched my iphone yesterday to Samsung galaxy s3 love it already!!!! Good bye Apple!
Skully Jareet
Skully Jareet Me too love android
Eric King
Eric King Who Cares Lol I got more important things to worry about In Life Than A Phone
Sameer Biala
Sameer Biala Any doubts?...LOL
Jarmo Salmela
Jarmo Salmela It has always been behind Android. ;)

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