Woz talked to Steve Jobs about returning to Apple in 2011

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Could Woz have made an Apple return? Not if he had anything to say about it.
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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.

Wozniak doesn’t offer many more details, but he does say he turned down Jobs’ offer, saying that, “I’m not the person for it” and that he “love[s] the life” he has today.

Woz definitely has an enviable life today, but as a long-time Apple fan I’ve always wondered why he doesn’t play more of a part in the company today, even if it was only representing the company at more public events like the opening of Apple Stores.

While Jobs definitely shied away from Apple’s history during his tenure at CEO, Tim Cook has been far more willing to embrace Apple’s past — as seen from the massive 30th anniversary Macintosh celebrations from last year.

In Woz’s interview, he also reiterates what has become a talking point concerning the Steve Jobs movie: namely, that “everything in the movie didn’t happen” as it’s portrayed. “Every scene that I’m in, I wasn’t talking to Steve Jobs at those events,” Woz says.

He also notes that scenes involving a clash between himself and Jobs never actually happened. The scenes have been called some of the most dramatic of the movie, and have played a large part in marketing materials. Instead, Woz says that Rogen’s character in the movie says all the “things I could never say.”

Source: Bloomberg