So what is it with all of the consumer FUD lately? If you’ve been following my blog you know I’ve been covering the iPhone 4 and “Antennagate” which got me to thinking about my man Woz.
As some of you may or may not know this X apple front man/hero was also one of the voices speaking out about the iPhone 4 antenna issue. Woz suggests in the article link below “If you can afford it, carry a second Verizon phone”
While “Antennagate” HAS been beaten to death and I believe Apple (reluctantly) made right to their customers I realized Antennagate wasn’t the first consumer FUD Wozniak has been involved with.
“Apple Founder: Toyota Problem is Software” http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/RunawayToyotas/apple-founder-toyota-problem-software/story?id=9728007
There it is strike two! Not even five months ago Woz was involved with another consumer product debacle. In the article Woz is quoted as saying the car sometimes goes into an “unlimited speed up”.
Now I don’t know about you but I’m thinking lightening usually only hits the same spot once. Is Woz the unluckiest man in the world? Are the problems he has a small sample of what other early adopters are faced with? If two high tech items were bought by the same man and both had major quality control issues what does that say about the state of product quality worldwide?
While you are pondering these questions I would like to make a proposal. I nominate Steve Wozniak to head a new consumer watchdog group for all high end technology (read expensive) products. With his track record of receiving faulty consumer goods he should be able to identify quality and safety issues long before they become a problem to the market as a whole. His status as an Apple founder will also give him an insider edge with Apple while appeasing Apple fanboys worldwide.
I mean who doesn’t like Woz?