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Woz dispels one of the biggest myths about the early days of Apple

Published Dec 4th, 2014 3:21PM EST
Did Steve Jobs Start Apple In His Garage

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As far as early Apple lore goes, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak working furiously to build the first Apple I in Jobs’ tiny garage in California has to be one of the most popular stories. However, in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Woz says that his and Jobs’ reliance on the famous garage as a workspace has been greatly overstated.

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“The garage is a bit of a myth,” Woz tells Bloomberg Businessweek. “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 says that he did a lot of the hard work of building the computer at his cubicle at HP in the ’70s, where he would spend his time “soldering things together, putting the chips together, designing them, drawing them on drafting tables.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Wozniak discusses Jobs’ importance to setting a vision for Apple even though he lacked Woz’s brilliant engineering chops, as well as why he didn’t mind working with Jobs too much even though he describes himself as someone who doesn’t like conflict.

Be sure to check out the entire interview by clicking the source link below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.