Steve Wozniak: iOS and Android Apps Are Pretty Much The Same, Apple Needs To End Patent Lawsuits

Steve Wozniak may be the co-founder of Apple Computer, but, when it comes to touting the company’s new iOS 5 platform, he says it’s really no different than the Google Android OS in terms of application use.

Wozniak hopped on SlashDot on Monday to answer questions about the new Apple mobile OS when he revealed no significant difference between the programs.

According to Woz:

“There are more than enough apps and they are generally the same quality on each platform.”

When asked if the similarity in “innovations” justified patent lawsuits that are almost always started by Apple, he responded:

“I wish that instead of all these lawsuits Apple was sitting down and cross-licensing with the other players. I would like my iPhone to be the best it could, even if someone else did some of the things first.

That statement couldn’t ring more true for millions of iPhone 5 users who are still without NFC, wireless charging, built-in advanced text messaging, and other features commonly found on devices from other manufacturers.

Wozniak was also asked if the “personal computer” was disappearing, to which he responded:

“The days of being fixed to a larger machine are over. It’s easier to throw an iPhone out the window than a Macintosh!”

Steve Wozniak literally flew to Australia so he could be one of the first people in the world to buy the iPhone 5; obviously, we know where his loyalties are still held. With that being said, it’s nice to see an electronics pioneer admitting that Apple needs to back off its crazy patent lawsuits and focus on differentiating its own mobile OS whenever possible.