Woz: Aspects of Steve Jobs’ personality were ‘very Trumpish’

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No, Donald Trump didn’t open Mac Pro factory yesterday
Steve Jobs had one or two things in common with our current President, Steve Wozniak says.
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Aspects of Steve Jobs’ personality strike former Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak as, “very Trumpish,” Woz reportedly told an audience Tuesday night at Carnegie Music Hall as part of the American Middle East Institute’s 10th Conference.

Specifically, Woz seems to have been referring to Jobs cheating Woz out of some of the money for an early project the two collaborated on at Atari, his failure to listen, and tendency to say nasty things to people.

For those in any doubt, Wozniak isn’t much of a Donald Trump fan. In early 2016, he described the then-Presidential candidate as a, “very rude person.”

Woz didn’t elaborate too much on the comparison between Jobs and the current President, although it’s unlikely to be one overly well received by Apple, whose CEO Tim Cook has often found himself opposed to President Trump during his Presidency.

It’s not clear whether Trump and Steve Jobs knew each other, but Trump certainly seems to admire Apple’s late co-founder, based on his tweets over the years.

Steve Wozniak has a history of making attention-grabbing comments which often go against the Apple company line, such as suggesting that Apple build an Android device or referring to the Apple Watch as a “luxury fitness band.” (He has also often walked these comments back at a later date.)

On the subject of Steve Jobs, Woz noted that Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin’s movie Steve Jobs nailed the personality of Apple’s late co-founder, and was “right on the mark.”

He also said that, “Everything Apple tried without me failed,” referring to products launched during his time with the company, which attempted to replace the Apple II. Finally, he chimed in on the topic of whether robots threaten humans — saying that “If there is any danger, it’s decades off … I think, centuries off.”

Source: BizJournals