iPhone 4S Launch Is Historical Event, Woz Says

iPhone 4S Launch Is Historical Event, Woz Says

Woz is first in line for an iPhone 4S at Apple's Los Gatos store. Here he is surrounded by a group of drunken knights from England, according to our stringer Mike Elgan.

Lots of people are asking why Woz, Apple’s cofounder and still Apple employee number 1, is first in line to buy an iPhone 4S on Friday morning.

I just caught him on the local news, and he has a very good reason.

The launch of the iPhone 4S is a historical occasion, Woz says, and he wants to experience it firsthand.

“It’s a very important event in history,” Woz told KTVU Channel 2. “It’s almost like going to hear the President speak, or a very important announcement, or see a Space Shuttle launch.”

The reporter then asked Woz if the crowds were a tribute to Steve Jobs’ passing?

“No, I don’t see it that way,” Woz replied. “It’s a tribute to something he’s done, certainly. Every single iPhone introduction is in that same category, I think.”

Woz’s reasons are sound. There are lots of people who headed down to the Los Gatos store to hang out with him. Our own Mike Elgan is there. He got Woz to autograph his son’s iPad.

iPhone 4S Launch Is Historical Event, Woz Says

  • Khrbt Zyd

    If Mike’s son gets mad that his iPad is “ruined”, put the kid up for adoption. 

  • Corbin Fawver

    lucky guy

  • Phil

    WOZ IS THE MAN!!! Shit I spilled my drink.


  • Christian

    why does Woz have to stand in line? isnt he like important enough to just call T.Cook or somebody else?!

    cool, though!

  • Chris

    he does it for the experience of standing in line…he certainly does have an iPhone 4S already :P

  • baby_Twitty

    He wants to be with the fans, its a “historical event”… don’t you read?
    simple as that. 

    Yes he is a very cool guy.

  • Mister Hedge

    Remember when an employee got fired for showing Woz the iPad a few hours before its release? I think Woz is afraid of having someone lose their job over his enthusiasm again. ;P

    Anyway, he loves the attention.

  • HerbalEd

    CoM’s photographs are as poor and sloppy as it’s writing/editing (if indeed they actually edit copy). Anyone at CoM ever heard of iPhoto or Photoshop?

  • Gualberto Martinez

    OMG jajaja funny!!!

  • prof_peabody

    Feel sorry for Woz.  Pathetic, lonely creature. 

  • Tim

    if you don’t have anything nice to say, maybe you should just not say it in the first place.

  • APPLElation.com

    Jealousy is an incurable disease. Pathetic.

About the author

Leander KahneyLeander Kahney is the editor and publisher of Cult of Mac. He is the NYT bestselling author of Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products; Inside Steve’s Brain; Cult of Mac; and Cult of iPod. Leander has written for Wired, MacWeek, Scientific American, and The Guardian in London. Follow Leander on Twitter @lkahney.

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