Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak continues to be a force in Apple news this week, and this time it's thanks to some new insights on Apple's early days that he shared with Bloomberg Businessweek. Apple ranked #10 on the company's list of the "The 85 Most Disruptive Ideas in Our History," and Woz shared some insights into his relationship with Steve Jobs and the development of the Apple I.
Wozniak describes Jobs as the idea man, while Woz himself emerges as the person with the know-how.
"[Steve] 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," Woz says. "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."
And Steve, famously, seemed to enjoy conflict, while Woz admits that he tried to avoid it. But Woz revealed a personality trait of Jobs' that was to remain important for the rest of his life.
"Thankfully he had the best brain," Woz says. "He usually had a little, tiny suggestion, but almost always he was right."
Woz goes on to claim that he knew he was making history with Jobs in those early days.
"We knew we had a revolution," he says. "Everyone who joined Apple, this was the greatest thing in their life."
But apparently the old tale about Woz and Jobs creating the Apple I in Jobs' garage is "a bit of a myth," Woz says.
"We did no designs there, no breadboarding, no prototyping, no planning of products. We did no manufacturing there. The garage didn’t serve much purpose, except it was something for us to feel was our home. We had no money. You have to work out of your home when you have no money."
Woz has been in the news a lot lately, whether it's with Tuesday's report that he might be starring in a reality show called "The Woz" in which he samples futuristic technology or over speculation about who will play him in Aaron Sorkin's beleaguered upcoming Steve Jobs biopic.