Wozniak: I don’t like being trapped in Apple’s ecosystem


The Woz tells it like it is.
Woz remains as independent as ever.
Photo: Universal Pictures

Despite still technically being an Apple employee, Steve Wozniak isn’t known for voicing the Cupertino official line when asked about recent iDevelopments.

Speaking at a recent conference, hosted by enterprise software firm New Relic, Woz chimed in about his thoughts on the Apple ecosystem, Tim Cook’s belief that the iPad Pro could replace your need for a MacBook, and the Apple Watch — which he’s previously expressed his skepticism of.

The inside story on Jobs and Woz’s illegal phone phreaking


Woz, doing his part to help computers takeover the world. Photo: Apple
Before they were Apple co-founders, Jobs and Woz were dirty, no-good, lawbreakers. Kind of.
Photo: Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak

Prior to founding a tiny little company called Apple, Steves Jobs and Wozniak were “phone phreakers” — selling illegal blue boxes to help people make free long-distance phone calls.

While both quickly turned their back on their law-breaking ways, Jobs noted that, “If we hadn’t made those little blue boxes, there might never have been an Apple computer.”

The entire saga is now the subject of a short documentary, featuring new interviews with Woz, alongside notable phone phreaks Charlie Pine, Tony Lauck, and John “Cap’n Crunch” Draper. Check it out below.

Woz talked to Steve Jobs about returning to Apple in 2011


Steve Wozniak. Photo: HigherEdWeb/Flickr CC
Could Woz have made an Apple return? Not if he had anything to say about it.
Photo: HigherEdWeb/Flickr CC

Steve Jobs raised the possibility of Steve Wozniak returning to Apple in conversation that took place during Jobs’ final days in 2011, according to a new interview.

The insight comes from a Bloomberg interview with Woz talking about the new Steve Jobs movie, which opened on limited release last weekend.

Watch Woz warn Jobs he’s going to get killed in new Steve Jobs clip


Steve Jobs (played by Michael Fassbender) and Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen) before a NeXT keynote in a scene from Steve Jobs.
Steve Jobs (played by Michael Fassbender) and Steve Wozniak (Seth Rogen) before a NeXT keynote in a scene from Steve Jobs.
Photo: Universal Pictures

Steve Wozniak lashes out at his Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, asking the Apple CEO what he actually does, in a just-released scene from the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic.

While the pair remained close friends until Jobs’ death in 2011, the scene shows the two meeting before the unveiling of the NeXT Computer. After confronting Jobs about his roll in creating computers, Woz warns Steve that he’s about to get killed for releasing the NeXT, which was marketed toward schools and students — but came with an ungodly $6,500 price tag.

Watch the heated exchange below:

Just like Ahmed: Woz got arrested for building gadgets in school


Irving MacArthur High School student Ahmed Mohamed.
Irving MacArthur High School student Ahmed Mohamed.
Photo: Vernon Bryant/The Dallas Morning News

Ahmed Mohamed can count Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak among his many supporters in the tech world. According to Woz’s most recent Facebook post, he sees a lot of himself in the 14-year-old Texas boy who was arrested for bringing a homemade digital clock to school.

While Ahmed’s teacher mistook his clock for a bomb, Woz says he built a similar gadget when he was in high school — only he actually wanted people to think it was a bomb. Woz even spent a night in juvie for the stunt (where he used the opportunity to teach inmates how to shock guards).

Here’s the story in Woz’s own words: