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Wozniak: my genius drove Apple

Apple co-founder lifts lid the on early Macs

Steve Wozniak said Apple wouldn’t be where it is today without his "special genius" but admits it was Steve Jobs’ drive and ambition that spurred the early success of the company.

When Jobs persuaded Wozniak to start up Apple Computers in 1976, Wozniak really wasn't keen on the idea. "I never wanted to start a company, I think Steve was much more important in getting the company going," admitted Wozniak.

"Steve had the vision of reaching the masses and changing the world much more than I did, so he deserves credit for that more than anything."

But Wozniak doesn't believe Jobs could have done it without his own "special genius" to conceive of and build a computer with a keyboard and a monitor and its own programming language, at a time when computers still had front panels with switches and lights. He told PC Advisor’s sister title MacWorld: "I had the vision for a computer that was useable, that was low cost, that was an incredible thing of its time, and that would amaze people.

"I created my vision. The Apple II was so far ahead as a product of all time, it was the best product ever, better than anyone could ever imagine," he added.

Wozniak said it was arguable whether Apple would have had the resources to develop the product without his input, and admitted he needed persuading to become the driving force behind the startup.

"Would they have been able to go out and purchase engineering like it's a commodity, or was my engineering a very special genius?" Wozniak asked. "I think Steve found the right person and I did too. I didn't go looking, as a matter of fact I tried to avoid it.”

He described his surprise that companies, such as HP, for whom he worked at the time, didn't believe that personal computing would become as popular as it did.

"I think it took both of us, it was a really lucky combination. Because he had the goals and he had the drive and the ambition. Both of us being young also helped. And the fact that the big companies didn't foresee what it would become.

"How come we could see it when the biggest, smartest companies and financial analysts couldn't see it? They were saying we'd be nothing, but we believed in it. I believed that the industry would happen."


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