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Steve Wozniak Not Impressed by Smartphone Patent Wars

September 14th, 2012 by Simon

Apple recently won a decisive victory against Samsung in a Californian courtroom as part of its on-going patent and design infringement battle, and this court victory could potentially result in a number of Samsung phones being pulled from sale in the United States. Apple is also taking similar measures in a number of other countries including Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, and also has its sights set on Motorola and HTC. Likewise, there have been talks that HTC may use a number of LTE patents to try and have the new iPhone 5 pulled from sale in the US in retaliation.

Steve Wozniak

But Apple founder Steve Wozniak, speaking to Bloomberg, thinks the patent battles are getting ridiculous. Regarding Apple’s recent victory he said, “I hate it, I don’t think the decision of California will hold. And I don’t agree with it — very small things I don’t really call that innovative. I wish everybody would just agree to exchange all the patents and everybody can build the best forms they want to use everybody’s technologies.”

Woz also stated that he hoped the iPhone 5’s camera has made some significant improvements because he currently favours his Galaxy S3 camera over his iPhone 4, “A better quality on the pictures will mean a lot, because when I show people pictures on my iPhone 4 and my Galaxy S III, they always say the Galaxy S III, or even the Motorola Razr, pictures look better.”

Luckily for Woz the new iPhone’s camera comes with improved low level light support and noise reduction, as well as a panorama mode which can combine several images into one large 28 megapixel image.

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