Quoted: Could the next big thing from Apple be an iAndroid?

“There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market.”

Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, tells Wired that “we could play in two arenas at the same time.” Because Google’s operating system Android is open source, any phone maker can build upon it. “We could compete very well,” Wozniak said, although the “we,” of course, is not accurate because he’s no longer involved with running Apple. (So go back to your respective corners, fanboys and girls.)

Joshua Brustein of Businessweek shoots down Woz’s “silly” idea: “Apple would be messing with a major part of its appeal: its exclusive brand.” Other reasons Brustein lists: Apple wouldn’t give up its tightly controlled ecosystem; iTunes makes money for Apple; Apple would be providing data about its users to Google, its biggest rival. In other words, it would just upset the whole space-time continuum.

Meanwhile, as for what Apple’s really working on, CEO Tim Cook is, once again, being a tease: “There will be new categories. We’re not ready to talk about it, but we’re working on some really great stuff,” he told the Wall Street Journal in an article published last night about the company’s big stock buyback.


Photo: Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak stands in line at the Apple Store in Los Gatos in October 2011. (Josie Lepe/Mercury News)

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