Why Steve Wozniak Doesn't Want a New 'iPad Air'

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says he's anything but impressed with Apple's newest version of the iPad tablet computer, the iPad Air. The problem, according to 'Woz': the newest iPad simply fails to offer enough storage.

Apple unveiled a bunch of new and updated products at an October 22 media show, including a super-powerful Mac Pro desktop computer, a new iPad Mini featuring a 'Retina' high-defintion display, and a thinner, lighter iPad Air.

New iPad Fails to Meet Woz's Needs

"When I finally took a look at the devices, the iPads didn't hit my needs," Wozniak told a London, England, audience.

Wozniak was especially critical of the iPad Air. "Yes it's thinner," the 63-year-old said. "But I wanted storage. I don't have broadband at home, so I carry all my personal media in the iPad. So I was hoping Apple has a 256GB iPad."

Because Wozniak doesn't have broadband in his home, he says he can't stream his favorite shows.

"I can't order a movie from iTunes and watch it straight away," Wozniak said. "I could wait for it but I get bored by then. It's because of my lousy phone company, but that is life." (Source: techradar.com)

Wozniak went on to say that he had hoped to pack every episode of the popular comedy 'Big Bang Theory' on his tablet computer.

Like previous versions of the iPad, the iPad Air's storage maxes out at 128GB.

When he found out that the new iPad wasn't going to feature a bigger solid-state drive, Wozniak says he emailed his wife and said "I don't want one of those."

Woz's Got No Sway in Cupertino

So, is Woz likely to influence Apple's future plans for its tablet devices?

Probably not, says CNET's Chris Matyszczyk. "I cannot imagine that Woz's critique will have much sway in Cupertino," Matyszczyk said. (Source: cnet.com)

This is hardly the first time Wozniak has offered a scathing criticism of the firm he helped to establish alongside the late Steve Jobs.

Back in February he suggested that Apple was no longer "the cool guy" when compared to Microsoft and other high-tech firms.

"It's painful," Wozniak said of the change. "We kind of are losing that [cool]."

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