The iPhone is an expensive device, and the upcoming iPhone may cost even more than usual, but Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says that the lofty price is worth it – even in China.
At a technology forum held in the Chinese city of Dongguan, Wozniak gave Chinese manufacturers credit for creating good phones at affordable prices:
“Here is what I admire about Chinese phones: really good, intelligent decisions about how to lower the cost but keep enough of the functionality in, because I am into products that are good, well designed, nice looking, but at prices that the average person can afford.”
Wozniak also said that he often buys Android phones from various manufacturers, just to explore and experiment with their technology; curiously, he admitted to never having bought a Chinese phone, although he has received them as gifts and such.
However, he also believes the higher quality standards of Apple’s products justify the asking price:
“In life, I don’t believe in quantity as much as I do in quality. So, you may not have the hugest share in the market or be the No 1, but you should have the best product you can possibly build and Apple qualifies for that.”
“Apple products are safe. And Apple’s pricing is high in the extreme. It’s a safe bet for a lot of people, and when you love Apple you are willing to pay for it.”
Wozniak added that while he has played around with Android phones, he hasn’t found one that stuck with him. “Sometimes there were reasons that they didn’t work for me, and Russian phones as well.”
He also said that while some manufacturers are making marginal improvements with things like the cameras on their phones, Apple is the one making huge strides in the industry; it was the first to popularize the use of a fingerprint to authenticate the user, which is now being imitated by every other phone company.
In the end, Apple may have higher quality standards for the iPhone, but with a reported price of more than $1,000 for its upcoming iteration - the device may become just a bit too expensive even for those who swear by its products.