Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak says the tablet computer is a culmination of what CEO Steve Jobs originally envisioned at the company’s founding, a computer for everyone. Wozniak made the comments at Storage Networking World in Santa Clara, California and first reported by CIO. Apple became incorporated in 1977, following its creation in 1976.
Woziack, who left Apple in the 1980s, believes tablets, like TVs are for the “normal people” of the world and not just for techies.
“I think Steve Jobs had that intention from the day we started Apple, but it was just hard to get there, because we had to go through a lot of steps where you connected to things, and (eventually) computers grew up to where they could do … normal consumer appliance things,” Wozniak said.
The co-founder, who is currently chief scientist at solid-state storage vendor Fusion-io, also hopes the day never comes when Android tablets exceed the iPad. He says he hopes “that never happens.”
Wozniak’s comments come just weeks after the introduction of the second-generation iPad and when other companies are planning to launch their own tablets, due to Apple’s success.
With expected iPad 2 sales expected to range from 30 to 40 million units in 2011, Wozniak is probably right about the tablet becoming something like a TV, an everyday appliance.
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