Woz would consider return to more active role at Apple if asked

“Steve Wozniak would consider returning to an active role at Apple, the company he co-founded, and believes the consumer electronics giant could afford to be more open than it is, he told Reuters. ‘I’d consider it, yeah,’ the 60-year-old computer engineer said in an interview, when asked whether he would play a more active role if asked,” Georgina Prodhan reports for Reuters.

“He founded Apple Computer in 1976 with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne, and built the Apple I and Apple II computers that helped revolutionize personal computing,” Prodhan reports.

“‘There’s just an awful lot I know about Apple products and competing products that has some relevance, some meaning. They’re my own feelings, though,’ said Wozniak, who is currently chief scientist of storage start-up Fusion-io,” Prodhan reports. “Asked his opinion of Apple today, he said: ‘Unbelievable. The products, one after another, quality and hits.'”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Sarah” and “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]

39 Comments

  1. “Asked his opinion of Apple today, he said: ‘Unbelievable. The products, one after another, quality and hits.’”

    I think Woz’s own words to be a sign to himself that Apple is doing just fine without him and doesn’t need “to be more open than it is”…

    What could he really hope to contribute to Apple’s current culture? It seems to be that they’ve developed a pretty efficient system of R&D and product vetting over the last 14 years… don’t need to “upset the Apple cart”, so to speak.

    And what if Woz thought his ideas were genius but no one else did? Would he get upset? Leave? Go on another dancing show?

    No disrespect to the man, but the last shipping product he had any direct involvement in was the Apple II, 34 years ago!

    In his prime, he was a genius – and his vision and creativity was the primary catalyst for Apple and the consumer computer revolution. But there’s no role for him there now. Well, at least not an active product development role.

    1. I agree 100% !
      Where were you when Apple was in dire straits ??????
      Now you can stay home Woz ! Apple has been doing fine without you Since Steve Jobs came back

  2. I’ve never really understood the Apple world’s fascination with Mr Wozniak. My guess is that most posters here were not even born when he was assembling Apple I’s by hand in that garage!

    Look, he seems like a nice guy and all that. But nice doesn’t cut it in today’s corporate world.

    1. You have answered your own “never understood”. Perhaps there is a deep seated desire that success in the world not be dominated by a@@-holes.

      And todays corporate world is not special. Corporate history is a series of over-reaching and being reined back in by the people cycles. The next reining in will be a doozy.

  3. I think he might be too free-spirited to willingly and seamlessly fit into the Apple culture. Meaning no disrespect, but I think he has a tendency to speak too freely.

  4. Woz is underrated!
    A great Edison who has not lived in his lab for a long time.
    And Apple is too secret with the right people and too open with the wrong people.
    We are kept in the dark while Apple is open with Samsung Inltel and the Chinese who all steal like hell.

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