Woz misquoted... again!

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!

Apple, he (Woz) thinks, should release an Android handset... There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market... We could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings. We could play in two arenas at the same time.
— Wired
Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple (Source - Woz.org)

Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs founded Apple (Source - Woz.org)

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!

They got it quite wrong for their own reasons … I’m used to things like this, (where the media turns) ‘could’ into ‘should.’ But the idea caught a lot of attention. It was just (my) independent idea… I’m sure others have said it before but I get more attention… I was asked some general question as to Blackberry, I said, as I have before, that I felt Blackberry’s best (plan) two years ago would have been to make an Android phone. I went into how the world seems to be Apple lovers and Apple non-lovers.. I did say Apple ‘could’ make an Android phone. But I (said) total business decisions would be in the hands of knowledgeable Apple execs — not me... My answer was brief and more thrown out like art, to mention a rare and dramatic idea to get people to (start thinking)... (it was more) a form of comedy. I felt it was an interesting thing to say.
— Gina Smith via aNewDomain.net

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!