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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak Says He Won’t Upgrade to the iPhone X

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Not yet, at least. He won’t upgrade his phone right away. This is the first model of phone Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak hasn’t immediately adopted. “I’d rather wait and watch that one. I’m happy with my iPhone 8 — which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6, to me,” Wozniak said.

Wozniak spoke to CNBC at the recent Money 20/20 conference. “For some reason, the iPhone X is going to be the first iPhone I didn’t — on day one — upgrade to. But my wife will, so I’ll be close enough to see it.”

Wozniak’s comments come just days before pre-order sales open on Oct. 27.

The iPhone X has generated tremendous amounts of buzz, as most new iPhones do, yet Wozniak doesn’t see the upgrades as worthy of the investment, at least not yet.

Apple has dropped two new phones this year, and that has confounded the industry. With a single product launch, consumer confidence is easier to judge as many people invest in the technology at the same time. With the launch of the 8 and the X months apart, many industry analysts are calling this a “soft” launch for Apple.

“This softness could be good or bad depending on whether users are waiting on the iPhone X,”  UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote.

“The release of the iPhone 8 was underwhelming compared to past iPhone launches, but this is not bad news for Apple. This year’s iPhone cycle will have its units and revenues split between the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X,” Venture capitalist Gene Munster noted. “Historically about half of the iPhones purchased in a given year are the most recently released model. This bodes well for iPhone revenue growth.”

So which is it? Wozniak compares the latest phone developments to a century of stagnant car designs. The overall form of the car, he said, was set. The all were very similar in size, shape, and function. This is how he sees phones now.

And plus, he’s doing less on his phone because of the ergonomics of his watch and his laptop. Could it be that as other forms of hardware get more efficient, the phone returns to its roots as a device for making phone calls?