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Steve Wozniak wants Apple to buddy up with rivals

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is nudging the technology’s largest firms to work together so that the whole world benefits.

Wozniak, in an interview with the BBC, stated that he would like nothing more than Apple and Google to become partners in order to make his and everyone else’s life a lot more simple.

"Sometimes I say 'Go to Joe's Diner' and Siri doesn't know where Joe's Diner is. And very often usually I find out that Android does," Wozniak said. "That is actually the future of intelligence probably for computers getting smarter and getting artificial intelligence. I wish to God that Apple and Google were partners in the future."

The likelihood of a partnership happening is another thing entirely with Wozniak admitting that, although if he were still in charge at Apple it “would be pretty likely”, he thinks the reality is completely different.

“I'm probably wrong, there's probably an awful lot I don't know about the business concerns and one thing you've got to remember is a company has always got to make money,” Wozniak stated.

Wozniak thinks that sharing information between companies will help to improve not only search results but also the next generation of devices such as smartwatches and glasses.

“There are good things I see on Samsung phones that I wish were in my iPhone. I wish Apple would use them and could use them, and I don't know if Samsung would stop us,” Wozniak said. "I wish everybody just did a lot of cross-licensing and sharing the good technology, all our products would be better, we'd go further. I do wish they were more compatible."

Apple and Samsung, in particular, have become infamous for the sheer number of patent battles over a number of different things such as design similarities, which make sharing information or design ideas voluntarily seem very unlikely.

Wozniak founded Apple with Steve Jobs in 1976 and worked as a full time member of staff until 1987 and still has strong links to the firm he started even though many observers have stated he has no direct input on design ideas.