Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says that innovation is no longer the driving force for Apple and other computer companies.

He told Channel News Asia: "We have past the stage where innovation is the driving factor for the companies. It's like those companies don't really care about quality. They are going to sell just as much as ever regardless of quality."

Regarding Apple, which he described as "almost a monopoly", Wozniak said: "Apple strives to be a leader in new technologies and that is one of the things they are really good at. But a lot of perfection in the software haven't followed a lot of rules that are obvious to people," he said, suggesting Apple's ease-of-use philosophy isn't as easy to use as it could be.

Why does Wozniak think computer companies have lost interest in innovating? He believes: "They want to protect their market and they can buy out any little new innovative competitors that may have something to threaten them or something that need to compete with. So they will just buy them out."