Jobs had nothing to do with early Apple technology

Wozniak_photoDancing Queen and all round good bloke Steve Wozniak has been giving interviews to help kids with their school projects and he has spun an interesting story about the formation of Apple.

When he was visiting Orlando he was asked by 14-year old Sarina Khemchandani to let her interview him for her website, ReachAStudent which with true Woz style he did.

Sarina set up her website to provide students at her school “the ability to access and share positive insight on any school related matter” and to allow students to ask questions of mentors.

In the third and final video Woz answers questions about Steve Jobs and Apple which might stick a spanner in the works for those who believe that Jobs was behind everything.

Woz said that Jobs played no role at all in any of his designs of the Apple I and Apple II computer and printer interfaces and serial interfaces and floppy disks and stuff that he made to enhance the computers.

“He did not know technology. He had never designed anything as a hardware engineer, and he did not know software. He wanted to be important, and the important people are always the business people. So that’s what he wanted to do,” he said.

The Apple II was the only successful product Apple had for its first 10 years, and Woz had built it before Jobs even knew it existed.

Being the sort of person he is, Woz did not slam Jobs for any of this. He said his partnership with Jobs was important. He warned that a great product would not do anyone any good unless it sells – and for that, you need a company.

“So it’s very important, even if you are not a business man, to find someone who is.”

In other words, Jobs was a leech, but he was a useful and necessary leech.