Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computer and designer of the Apple I and Apple ][ computers, said in a recent interview that he would consider returning to Apple if asked. This comes at a time when a group of Apple shareholders attempt to detail a CEO succession plan in response to Steve Jobs recurring illness.
I'd like to see Wozniak assume some form of leadership at Apple. The guys a lovable genius who likes to engineer nifty things for the joy of it. And he's of the mind to reduce user restrictions and open up products for tinkering. Of technology, he says he wants to "get in there and add my own touches." And "My thinking is that Apple could be more open and not lose sales, ". I agree! As a customer I want freedom to tweak around with my stuff. I want other people innovating and improving and sharing. It's sort of like the game Civilization, just different. Game developer Firaxis crafts a game, then users modify it in all sorts of interesting ways. Users make it their own then share their modifications with others. This makes the product more interesting, which in turn increases sales. If Apple would tend a little towards the open source side, my next PC might finally be a Mac.
Do you think Woz would be good for Apple and/or its users?