Steve Wozniak won’t be buying an iPad Air anytime soon. That’s because the Apple co-founder doesn’t have broadband.
The fact that one of the most famous gadget nerds on the planet doesn’t have fast Internet access is shocking enough. But why would his slow bandwidth make him brush off Apple’s latest gadget?
“Yes it’s thinner, but I wanted storage,” he said during a presentation at Apps World in London, as reported by TechRadar. “I don’t have broadband at home, so I carry all my personal media in the iPad. So I was hoping Apple has a 256GB iPad.”
Wozniak even preemptively told his wife not to buy the iPad Air as a gift for him. Once he learned about the device, he said, he emailed his wife to tell her he didn’t want one.
Although Apple offers a 128GB version of the iPad, one of the largest storage options for a non-Windows tablet, that’s apparently not enough for Woz.
His Internet connection probably doesn’t allow for streaming, and downloads take an excruciatingly long time.
“I can’t order a movie from iTunes and watch it straight away,” said Wozniak. “I could wait for it but I get bored by then. It’s because of my lousy phone company, but that is life.”
Lousy connectivity wasn’t always a fact of life for Wozniak. Before broadband, he had a 1MB connection, he revealed, and was “king of the hill.”
While broadband is scarce in many rural areas where broadband, Wozniak could always turn to satellite Internet services from Dish and others that provide comparable speeds (data caps apply, however).