Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak – affectionately known as Woz – has been unusually frank regarding Steve Jobs involvement in the early years of Apple’s computer development, revealing that Jobs knew nothing about technology and played no role in the design of the Apple I and Apple II home computers.
Wozniak told 14-year-old Sarina Khemchandani, founder of child academia site Reach a Child:
“Steve Jobs played no role at all in any of my designs of the Apple I and Apple II computer and printer interfaces and serial interfaces and floppy disks and stuff that I made to enhance the computers. He did not know technology. He’d never designed anything as a hardware engineer, and he didn’t know software. He wanted to be important, and the important people are always the business people. So that’s what he wanted to do.
The Apple II computer, by the way, was the only successful product Apple had for its first 10 years, and it was all done, for my own reasons for myself, before Steve Jobs even knew it existed.”
Woz adds, however, that without Jobs’ business acumen, Apple would never have succeeded. The best advice he could give a creative trying to sell an idea is, “it’s very important, even if you are not a business man, find someone who is.”
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