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Add Steve Wozniak to the list of insta-pundits not impressed by the iPad Air.
Wozniak, an Apple co-founder, shared his thoughts recently on his old company’s newest iPad, the iPad Air, saying he’s disappointed there isn’t a larger storage model.
"I was on a plane and missed all of the keynote. When I finally took a look at the devices, the iPads didn't hit my needs,” he told an audience at App World in London this week, according to TechRadar.
Improvements to the iPad Air from its predecessor include a bump up to the faster, 64-bit A7 processor, and the introduction of a lighter, thinner casing. But those new specs weren't what Wozniak was looking for, he explained.
"Yes it's thinner, but I wanted storage. I don't have broadband at home, and you can't get great broadband connection in hotels, so I carry all my personal media in the iPad. So I was hoping Apple has a 256 GB iPad," said Wozniak. "I was hoping for more storage so I could put every episode of 'Big Bang Theory' on my iPad. So I emailed my wife and said, 'Nope, I don't want one of those.'"
So why didn’t Apple come forward with a 256-GB iPad? It’s likely the company hopes most users use the iCloud for content storage and streaming, rendering all that expensive, on-board storage space unnecessary.
A better question: Why doesn’t Wozniak have broadband at home?
“It's because of my lousy phone company,” he told the crowd. "I can't order a movie from iTunes and watch it straight away. I could wait for it, but I get bored by then.”
Wozniak's diss of the company he helped found isn't exactly surprising: Steve Jobs’ former partner is known for being “chatty” when it comes to his doubts regarding the company’s activity.
In February, Wozniak told German economic news site Wirtschafts Woche that, "Currently [Apple is], in my opinion, somewhat behind,” according to Apple Insider.
“Others have caught up. Samsung is a great competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products," Wozniak remarked.
And Wozniak wasn't the only one complaining about the new iPad. On Wednesday we collected the biggest complaints about the new iPad, culled from tweets by those who were dissatisfied with the presentation.
Call me when the iPad gets a USB plug in.
— ParKS (@shootwithsoul) October 23, 2013
The iPad mini has no Touch ID or Gold Version
— Alex and Tom's Tech (@AlexandTomsTech) October 23, 2013
Gripes or not, Apple’s line of tablets remains the best-selling on the planet. And, as reported by Macworld, Wozniak actually stood in line last year to pick up an iPad on launch day. He didn't say whether he'll be lining up again this year but, like Macworld, we wouldn't be surprised if the famously enthusiastic Wozniak does anyway — storage space concerns or not.