Steve Wozniak, the beloved geek and gadget lover, would consider a return to Apple, the company he co-founded 35 years ago with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne, in an active role, if asked. He praised Apple’s string of smash hit products and opined that the company would benefit from being more open. He told Reuters this past Friday:

There’s just an awful lot I know about Apple products and competing products that has some relevance, some meaning. They’re my own feelings, though.

Another quote from the 60-year-old engineer who created the original Apple computers, about why Apple should be more open, right after the break…

My thinking is that Apple could be more open and not lose sales. I’m sure they’re making the right decisions for the right reasons for Apple.

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Wozniak is currently involved with storage startup Fusion-io where he works as chief scientist. The ramifications of his potential return to Apple could be long felt. His presence would assuredly breathe new life into the company at a time when Steve Jobs is on an indefinite medical leave, his third.

The Woz, still an Apple employee, hasn’t participated in day-to-day decisions or product development since 1987.

The gadget expert is due to give a commencement address at the Michigan State University’s convocation next month. He will speak alongside TIAA-CREF president and CEO Roger Ferguson Jr. and both will receive an honorary degree. At a Storage Networking World keynote last week Wozniak said that the tablet is for “the normal people in the world” rather than geeks and hoped Android-driven slates never take the wind out of the iPad’s sails.

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