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Woz Laments No Headphone Jack on iPhone 7, Sees USB-C as Future of Audio

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has predicted a consumer backlash if Apple drops the headphone jack in the upcoming iPhone 7 in favor of an all-in-one Lightning connector for audio output, charging, and accessory connectivity. "If it's missing the 3.5mm earphone jack, that's going to tick off a lot of people," claimed Woz, speaking to The Australian Financial Review. "I would not use Bluetooth – I don't like wireless," he said. "I have cars where you can plug in the music, or go through Bluetooth, and Bluetooth just sounds so flat for the same music." With Apple widely expected to drop the headphone jack in next month's iPhone 7, rumors indicate the company will include Lightning-equipped EarPods in the box, as well as a Lightning-to-jack adapter to allow users like Woz to connect their existing wired earphones to the device. "Mine have custom ear implants, they fit in so comfortably, I can sleep on them and everything. And they only come out with one kind of jack, so I'll have to go through the adapter," he said. Asked what would have to change for him to consider using wireless in the future, Woz added: "If there's a Bluetooth 2 that has higher bandwidth and better quality, that sounds like real music, I would use it. But we'll see." Bluetooth 5, announced in June, is expected to be faster, with longer range and a higher transfer rate, but when the standard will be ready for adoption remains unclear. While the consensus is that Apple will remove the headphone jack in favor of Lightning, Intel continues to position USB-C as the open standard of the

Steve Wozniak Says Apple Should Pay 50% Tax Rate

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has spoken out in favor of Apple and all other companies in the world paying the same 50% tax rate he does, calling anything less "unfair". In an interview with the BBC published this morning, Wozniak, who left Apple in 1986, said that every company in the world should pay the same rate he pays as an individual. "I do a lot of work, I do a lot of travel and I pay over 50% of anything I make in taxes and I believe that's part of life and you should do it," he said. Tax avoidance has been brought back into focus by the recent Panama Papers revelations, a huge leak of documents that lifted the lid on how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth. Asked about companies maximizing profit and the related issue of tax havens, Wozniak said he was personally never interested in making money, unlike his former partner, Steve Jobs. "Jobs started Apple Computers for money, that was his big thing and that was extremely important and critical and good," he said. "[But] we didn't think we'd be figuring out how to go off to the Bahamas and have special accounts like people do to try to hide their money." "On the other hand," he continued, "any company that is a public company, its shareholders are going to force it to be as profitable as possible and that means financial people studying all the laws of the world and figuring out all the schemes that work that are technically legal. They're technically legal and it bothers me and I would not live my life that way." Asked if he worried that Apple had moved so far away from its

Apple Turns 40: Reflecting on Four Decades of History

Apple, co-founded by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne on April 1, 1976, celebrates its 40th anniversary today. Last night, the company hung up a pirate flag at its One Infinite Loop campus to pay homage to the Jobs-led team that worked on the original Macintosh, which was viewed as rebellious at a time when Apple was focusing on the Lisa. (Image: Michael Jurewitz) From near-bankruptcy to becoming the world's most valuable public company, Apple has been through a series of highs and lows over the past four decades. Apple's history is vast, but the timeline below provides a basic overview of some of the company's important moments over the years. Apple Timeline 1976 - Apple's history begins in the garage of Steve Jobs' childhood home in Los Altos, California, where Steve Wozniak and Jobs tested -- but designed elsewhere -- the first Apple I computers, which they later introduced at the Homebrew Computer Club. The Byte Shop places 50 orders. The computer later sells for $666.66.

Steve Wozniak's Madame Tussauds Wax Figure Revealed At Silicon Valley Comic Con

Madame Tussauds revealed its Steve Wozniak wax figure Saturday morning at the Silicon Valley Comic Con opening ceremony. The figure will be on display at Tussauds' Comic Con booth for the entire weekend before it's moved to its San Francisco location for permanent display. Steve Wozniak, left, next to his wax figure, right. Chris Cooper, Madame Tussauds general manager, said that the company held a vote to see which technological innovator would receive a figure. Wozniak overwhelmingly won the poll with over 60 percent of the vote, beating out other tech luminaries like Tesla CEO Elon Musk. When the red covering dropped it was revealed that Wozniak, who had wandered off the stage moments before, was posing next to his figure, trying to keep as still as possible. After some quick antics, which included the opening ceremonies' hosts pretending the wax Wozniak was the real Wozniak, the Apple co-founder talked about how surprised he was about the process. "The incredible art and precision that went into every little measured detail for about five hours," Wozniak said. "The features at every angle and the human work to make it come out realistic looking. I did not know there was so much involved, I thought you take a picture and a computer prints it out." Wozniak also said that it was an honor to have a wax figure because he had always wanted one, mentioning the wax figures of superheroes he saw in wax museums when he was younger. Before inviting the attendees to have fun on the convention floor, Wozniak spoke a little about his inspiration for creating a Comic