Apple co–founder Steve Wozniak is still a big deal in Cupertino, even if he hasn’t officially worked at the company he set up with Steve Jobs since 1985.
He can be seen at keynote launches and spending time with the tech giant’s top execs.
That’s why his comments about the forthcoming iPhone 7 have garnered so much attention.
So, what did the man they call Woz have to say about Apple’s new device? And will Tim Cook and co listen to him? Read on and we’ll reveal all.
1 Don’t ditch the headphone slot
The key point from Woz’s interview with Australia’s Financial Review centred on the most controversial change to the Apple iPhone: the plan to drop the standard headphone slot.
300,000 people have signed a petition demanding Apple keeps the port, while Samsung baited its rival saying its new Galaxy Note 7 would come with one as standard. Woz, too, is unimpressed.
He told AFR: “If it’s missing the 3.5mm earphone jack, that’s going to tick off a lot of people.”
2 Bluetooth isn't up to the task
Woz isn’t annoyed because he's opposed to Apple’s insistence on trying to change the tech world by removing essential connectivity.
Rather, he doesn’t think that wireless tech is good enough to replace existing wired solutions.
"I would not use Bluetooth … I don’t like wireless. I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music.”
However, he says that if Apple can use newer Bluetooth tech to ensure better battery life, he could be convinced of the change.
3 Adaptor for audiophiles
Much has been made as to whether Apple will bundle headphones featuring a connector for the iPhone 7’s Lightning port, or whether it will offer an adaptor for existing users.
Woz is evidently hoping for the latter, saying he’s not willing to get rid of his expensive headphones.
"Mine have custom ear implants, they fit in so comfortably, I can sleep on them and everything. And they only come out with one kind of jack, so I'll have to go through the adaptor.”
4 USB–C a must
Woz has another suggestion for Apple. He reckons it would be smart to offer the same USB–C tech found in rival smartphones and Apple’s own MacBook range, saying it’s ‘the future’.
Apple has previously signed up to a commitment to offer a universal charging port, along with other big-name mobile-makers.
But it seems that with its Lightning port taking on more importance, that won’t happen any time soon.
5 Don't expect Apple to heed his suggestions
Woz is still respected within Apple’s California HQ. But his comments on the headphone port come too late for his erstwhile employer to change its mind: it’s already started production of the iPhone 7 and leaks show that the phone won’t come with a headphone slot.
In the meantime, we can only hope it’s heeded his warnings about wireless tech and delivers a solution that offers great sound without killing the battery.