All the tech blogs lately were buzzing with the news that Steve Wozniak (Apple co-founder), at the Apps World North America conference in San Francisco recently, had said that Apple should make an Android phone [via Wired]. Now this seemed totally ridiculous, but what made it sound ridiculous was the word "should" in the sentence. Lot of Apple enthusiasts and experts were surprised [John Grubber on this] about this from Woz, but no one can be mad at Woz for anything ever, can they!
Gina Smith [via aNewDomain.net], who penned Woz' biography has reported saying that Woz has denied saying that, Apple "should" make an Android phone and that he was (as usual) misquoted. His explanation is that he said Apple could make an Android phone, like how Blackberry could have and it might have saved it from going nose down. He said that it was said with a sense of comedy and to get people thinking about it, like an interesting though experiment. And that any such business decision should and will be taken by the capable executives at Apple and not him. Now this is more like the Woz we all know and love!
Media is known to have mis-quoted people in the past and sometimes its deliberate to generate buzz. Whether or not, this is the case here, is still unknown, lets wait and see if there is a response from Wired on this. But anything reported about anyone's quotes could be taken out of context with swap of just one word ('should' instead of 'could', for example) and in the present times of instant (full of errors) news, it is even more important to take these reports with a salt of grain!