Steve Wozniak has revealed he doesn’t have broadband at home. He noted it while explaining why he has no interest in buying the latest model of iPad.
Speaking at the Apps World event, the Apple co-founder was inevitably asked about the release of the iPad Air and Retina iPad Mini. He said even the 128GB storage available on the iPad Air was not enough for his needs and that he wanted at least a 256GB model so that he could carry more media files.
According to reporters from Mac World and Techradar who attended the event, Wozniak noted he already carries as many files as possible on a previous iPad model because “I don’t have broadband at home, and you can’t get great broadband connection in hotels”, noting that his lack of high-speed Internet at home is because of his lousy phone company, but that is life.”
Wozniak didn’t elaborate on whether broadband is simply unavailable where he lives, or if there’s another reason he doesn’t have it. He lists his hometown as Los Gatos, California, which is one of the most affluent towns in the US and part of “Silicon Valley”, so it would be ironic if he really can’t get service.
It’s not the first time Wozniak has made comments that won’t please the Apple public relations department: last year he said Android handsets were superior to iPhone’s in many practical areas, as well as publicly disagreeing with a court decision favoring Apple in a patent dispute with Samsung.
In this case he’s raising a worthwhile point, albeit in a slightly different form to the way many have argued. While releasing 256GB or even higher models would please some folk, a memory card or USB slot — something that’s available on many rival tablets — would be the most practical and versatile solution for people wanting portable access to their complete media library.