Woz demystifies Apple’s origins (including the ‘myth’ of Jobs’ garage)

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak standing with the Apple II. Photo: Robert Scobble
Photo: Robert Scoble

Apple Computers was recently named the 10th most disruptive idea of the last 85 years  by Businessweek. To celebrate the historic impact of the Apple I and Apple II computer had on the digital revolution, the magazine interviewed Steve Wozniak to talk about the early days of Apple.

Wozniak talked about working with Steve Jobs in high school and how the two founded the company with Ron Wayne, but Woz says that while he realized the world was on the verge of a huge computer revolution, it took Jobs a little longer to see the impact computers would have on the average Joe.

“He had always spoken about wanting to be a person that moves the world forward, but he couldn’t really create things and design them like I could. Steve wanted a company real badly. His thinking was not necessarily about what computers would do for the average Joe in the average home. Steve found the words that explained what these computers would do for people and how important it was a little later in life.”

Wozniak and Jobs went on to create the Apple II which became the first computer to sell 1 million units. The garage at Steve Jobs’ parents house is often cited as the genesis point for Apple Inc, but Woz demystified that tale, saying it’s “a bit of a myth.” Most of the work on the Apple I actually took place at Woz’s cubicle at Hewlett-Packard, not the garage.

“We did no designs there, no breadboarding, no prototyping, no planning of products. We did no manufacturing there,” explained Woz. “The garage didn’t serve much purpose, except it was something for us to feel was our home.”

Woz also talked about how he would try to avoid conflict with Steve Jobs, but that “Steve was going to make sure that his position was strong and forceful and heard by others.”

“Thankfully he had the best brain,” says Wozniak.

 

Source: Businessweek

 

  • Jorge

    This guy gives me the impression he’s just a media hound. Quite frankly he should just STFU and disappear into obscurity where he belongs or go teach in Australia – same thing.

    • herbaled

      I think your statement/attitude says a lot more about you that it does about Woz. Having a bad life, are we?

  • The reason for Steve claiming that the genesis took place in his garage is simple. The HP Lawyers might otherwise lay claim for the intellectual property of what became the Apple 1. Think about it. Woz was employed by HP, he was provided a work space by HP, he used HP tools and HP utilities to create his confuser. So therefore – it is highly likely his employment agreement could lay claim to any work – intellectual or otherwise created at his place of work. What do you think. I wonder if he ever thanked the HP shareholders for their generosity ?

    Woz – lose some weight. Your blood sugars must be at toxic levels.

    • K-now

      Actually Woz went to HP with it because of his contract with them and they had no interest and signed off that he could do with it as he pleased. Check any of the auto/biographies and you will see that clearly stated.

  • dcj001

    “Apple Computers was recently named the 10th most disruptive idea of the last 85 years”

    The name of the company was Apple Computer, not Apple Computers, Buster.

    Since January 2007, the company’s name has been Apple, Inc., or Apple.

    • Jhabril_Harris

      I remember when that announcement was made right at the end of the first iPhone event •^_^•

  • zagatosz

    What is up with people throwing shade Woz’s way? Woz is a nice guy and Steve and Apple would not have taken off and changed the world with out him. My hat off to him and that he likes to have fun.

  • crateish

    Has been says… LOOK AT MEEEEEE…… His Twitter feed is nothing but him eating at Longhorn Steaks (clearly, look at the photo), walking his dog, and getting comped for expensive hotels.

    Sigh…

    • herbaled

      You’re still writing the same comment. Get some new material. You meanwhile will most likely never be a has been, cause you gotta be first.

  • A Big Sarcastic Fairy!

    Shut up gas-bag.

  • Giovanni Cardona

    Yes, those vintage bedroom and garage photos looks like Hewlett Packard headquarters

  • Louis Schutz

    Next up the struggles his sweaters have.

  • Giovanni Cardona

    I just saw (again) “Triump Of The Nerds” and it seems that Apple employee #12, Robert Cringely, did a bad job documenting facts about “the garage”? Woz was interviewed, why he didn’t “demystified” those facts back then?