Today is the day to wish Woz a very happy 70th birthday!
Stephen Gary “Woz” Wozniak was born 70 years ago today, on August 11, 1950 in San Jose, California.
Woz co-founded Apple Computer, Inc., which is now named Apple Inc., with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne.
While he’s best remembered for the Apple II, the Disk II was actually one of Wozniak’s crowning achievements at Apple, being the company’s first 5 ½-inch floppy disk,” Luke Dormehl reports for Cult of Mac. “Created with then-17 year old Randy Wigginton over Christmas 1977 (Wigginton took December 25 off; Wozniak didn’t) the peripheral not only added a whole lot of functionality to Apple’s desktop, it was an early example of the company’s present high margin business model: costing just $140 in components, and selling for upwards of $495.”
With software engineer Jef Raskin, Wozniak had a major influence over the initial development of the original Apple Macintosh concepts from 1979 to 1981, when Steve Jobs took over leadership of the project following Wozniak’s brief departure from the company due to a traumatic airplane accident.
MacDailyNews Take: Happy Birthday, Woz! 🎂