Steve Wozniak

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has delivered a damning criticism of the company he helped to create, pointing to the Apple Watch.

Mr Wozniak, who left Apple in 1985, said he no longer recognises the company, claiming the Apple Watch has moved it into the jewellery market.

In an interview on Reddit, he said: “I love my Apple Watch, but – it’s taken us into a jewellery market where you’re going to buy a watch between $500 or $1,100 based on how important you think you are as a person.

The only difference is the band in all those watches. Twenty watches from $500 to $1,100. The band’s the only difference? Well this isn’t the company that Apple was originally, or the company that really changed the world a lot.”

The Apple co-founder was responding to a question about the overall performance of current chief executive Tim Cook. And despite his earlier criticisms of the Apple Watch, he praised Mr Cook: “He is continuing a strong tradition that Steve Jobs was known for of making good products that help people do things they want to do in their life, and not taking the company into roads of, ‘Oh, we’ll make all our money like by knowing you and advertising to you.’ We’ll make good products. And you know, I started out as a hardware product guy, so I’m glad to see that.”

FBI battle

Mr Wozniak also voiced his strong support for Apple in its battle with the FBI over security concerns.

“I come from the side of personal liberties. But there are also other problems,” he said.

“Twice in my life I wrote things that could have been viruses. I threw away every bit of source code. I just got a chill inside. These are dangerous, dangerous things, and if some code gets written in an Apple product that lets people in, bad people are going to find their way to it, very likely.”