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Ex-Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak considers another bite

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Mon Apr 11 2011, 13:59

INVENTOR OF THE APPLE PC Steve Wozniak would consider going back to Apple to play an active role on the board and encourage it to be more open.

Wozniak was at a computer conference in Blighty when he confessed that he would consider working at Apple again after leaving in the late 1980s.

"I'd consider it, yeah," Wozniak said, according to Reuters. Although Woz does not work at Apple anymore, he is still on the payroll.

He hasn't represented the company in the public eye for some time. The timing comes as Apple's CEO Steve Jobs is out of action on his third medical leave and looking forward to his biography, iSteve: The Book of Jobs, which is coming out in 2012.

Wozniak built the Apple I and Apple II computers in the mid-1970s and is still friends with Jobs, but, he is known for speaking his honest opinions. If he took and active role at the company again, his views might be critical of the increasingly closed operations and ever more proprietary, closed systems that dominate Apple's hardware, software and services.

"Unbelievable. The products, one after another, quality and hits," said Wozniak after being asked what he thought of Apple products over the weekend. But roll that back two years and it's a slightly different story. In 2008 Wozniak slammed the 3G-less Iphone, Macbook Air laptops and the Apple TV.

To his credit, Wozniak said that Apple needs to open up its technology so engineers and developers like him can get in there and add their own touches.

"My thinking is that Apple could be more open and not lose sales," said Wozniak, before adding diplomatically, "I'm sure they're making the right decisions for the right reasons for Apple." µ


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