This is an Apple promotional walk down memory lane that recounts the creation of the company, the Apple I, and the Apple II with commentary from Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and others.

Presumably this was produced in the 1980s.

“Apple II forever and ever, bringin’ the rainbow to you…”

December 8, 2014

November 10, 2014

October 30, 2014

Variety reports that actor Seth Rogen has been cast to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic from Sony:

Seth Rogen has been set to star as Steve Wozniak opposite Christian Bale in Sony’s Steve Jobs biopic.

We learned earlier this month that Christian Bale, who starred in the recent Batman trilogy, will portray Steve Jobs in the Aaron Sorkin directed film. Sorkin later confirmed the report adding that Christian Bale didn’t have to audition for the role in the film.

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May 17, 2012

Reuters reports on comments from Aaron Sorkin, the screen writer of the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic from Sony. Sorkin says that the film will not be much like the biography, and that while he knows what he is not going to put into the screenplay, he knows “so little about what [he is] going to write.”

“I know so little about what I am going to write. I know what I am not going to write. It can’t be a straight ahead biography because it’s very difficult to shake the cradle-to-grave structure of a biography, ” Sorkin told reporters at a news conference for his upcoming HBO drama “The Newsroom.”

Sorkin, also known as the writer behind the movie The Social Network, also said that he will move his full attention onto the Steve Jobs movie project late next month (June). Perhaps most interestingly, Reuters also reports that Sony has hired the Apple co-founder and long time friend of Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, as a “tutor” for the film. Wozniak will presumably provide excellent insight into the early years of Apple and Jobs.

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December 5, 2011


Steve Wozniak illustration by Charis Tsevis

Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple and the original architect of the Apple I and Apple II computers in the mid-1970s, is a self-proclaimed Android fan (and of course he loves his iPhone, too). He has been quoted as predicting that Android will win smartphone wars (although he hopes Google’s platform will never beat iPad) and was one of the first customers in the United States to get their hands on the Galaxy Nexus handset.

Wozniak visited Bangalore yesterday, a city in south central India and capital of the country’s state of Karnataka, to speak to young entrepreneurs. AS always, everyone’s favorite geek had interesting thoughts to share, particularly on the state of mobile industry today. NDTV.com reported that the Woz likened today’s smartphones to the Apple III, an ill-fated computer of the 1908s that was largely considered a failure in the market:

If the guys at Apple had built the machine that they would love, it would have been successful. It came instead from formulas from Apple executives. Marketing people were in charge and some very bad decisions got made, in my opinion. There were hardware failures. You put out a product that has failures right away, and even if you fix it a year later, it just doesn’t sell. It’s the same thing with any smartphone today. It comes out and it has something horribly wrong about it. You can fix everything wrong about it, and it still won’t sell. It has missed its window of opportunity.

He hasn’t had time to read his copy of the authorized Steve Jobs biography he keeps on his Kindle, iPhone, iPad and computer (plus, he owns a hard cover) and said the death of Steve Jobs was shocking, but not hard emotionally “because we had expected his death for so long”, although Steve being such an important part of his life means he sometimes “tear up”.

He also said this on Apple’s first computer products:

The Apple III was a failure, the LISA was a failure, and the Macintosh was a failure. It was only by modifying the Macintosh hugely and over time that we made it a good computer.

And this on the failure of the Apple III:

If the guys at Apple had built the machine that they would love, it would have been successful. It came instead from formulas from Apple executives. Marketing people were in charge and some very bad decisions got made, in my opinion. There were hardware failures. You put out a product that has failures right away, and even if you fix it a year later, it just doesn’t sell. It’s the same thing with any smartphone today. It comes out and it has something horribly wrong about it. You can fix everything wrong about it, and it still won’t sell. It has missed its window of opportunity. 

According to Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs bio, Wozniak drew upon himself the wrath of Steve Jobs for inventing the universal remote outside the Apple umbrella. Wozniak commented on the remote incident:

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October 14, 2011

October 6, 2011

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reflects on his relationship with Steve Jobs in an interview with The Associated Press this morning. 
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May 26, 2011

Remember Steve Wozniak’s white iPhone 4? Then you remember we discovered it was a do-it-yourself modification. The Woz himself admitted to buying parts from Fei Lam (no relation to Gizmodo’s editor Brian Lam whatsoever), a New York teenager who banked a cool $130,000 selling those sought-after white front and back plates on the web. When the story blew up and Apple presumably sent its legal rottweilers after the kid, he shuttered the whiteiphone4now.com site and disappeared under the radar.

MacRumors discovered that Apple yesterday filed a lawsuit against Lam and his parents who “aided and abetted him” in an alleged infringement and dilution of Apple’s trademarks. They’re seeking damages and demanding that Lam hands over all profits from the sale. At the same time, the company has filed a voluntary dismissal, leaving the door open to a possible settlement. From Apple’s lawsuit:

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August 4, 2010

Thankfully he speaks slow enough for us to comprehend. via

April 25, 2010

We really hate to hear this kind of thing.  Steve Wozniak, writing on Gizmodo (surprising given the timing in its own right!), reports that in the wake of the leaked iPhone mess, Apple has fired an engineer who showed Woz the 3G iPad the night of the release of the iPad.  Known only as ‘AJ’, the engineer wasn’t supposed to take the 3G iPad off of Cupertino’s campus until after midnight.

But I can tell you that the test engineer who showed me an iPad after midnight, for 2 minutes, during the iPad launch was indeed fired. I opted to spend 2 minutes with Numbers on this iPad, trying some stunts I’d seen on Apple’s website demo video. I was not told that it was a 3G model and I had no way to know that. I was told that this engineer had to wait until midnight to show it outside of Apple’s secure area. And I’m an Apple employee who he was showing it to. My guess is that he was allowed to take the iPad outside of the secure area but still not supposed to show it.

Woz didn’t realize that the Black bar on the top was an indicator that the iPad in question was a 3G model.  Woz also thought that, because he was an Apple employee, he wouldn’t get the engineer fired.  I mean, without Woz, none of us would be talking about Apple anything right now.

Woz describes the engineer as:

I never knew him before. He resembled myself and Steve Jobs when we were that age, and my younger son who programs for NASA. He’s a kind of person I would always enjoy talking with. A.J. said that he had an email allowing his team to use the iPad outside of secure areas on April 3 (after midnight, which A.J. waited for). I was surprised but he had an email. If I’d known it was a 3G model, which I didn’t, I probably would have saved his job by telling him he can’t show it. And he only showed it to me..

Ugh.

February 5, 2010

In this clip Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak, talks engagingly about how he added color to computing.

For his achievements at Apple Computer, Steve has won numerous accolades, including the National Medal of Technology by the President of the United States in 1985.

In 2000 Steve was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment for “single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.”

See more clips at Fora TV. (Looks like this may have taken place late last year, but this video’s only been in circulation a few hours, far as we can tell).

February 8, 2009

Wow.  Just Wow.  Macrumors reports that ABC’s cast list for the upcoming season of their reality TV show Dancing with the Stars includes one Mr. Steve ‘Woz’ Wozniak.  We 5h1t you not.

PROFESSION:

Apple co-founder, philanthropist

BACKGROUND:
A Silicon Valley icon and philanthropist for the past three decades, Steve Wozniak, a.k.a. "The Woz," helped shape the computer industry with his design of Apple’s first line of products, the Apple I and II, and influenced the popular Macintosh. After leaving Apple Computer Inc. in 1985, Wozniak was involved in various business and philanthropic ventures, focusing primarily on computer capabilities in schools and stressing hands-on learning and encouraging creativity for students. In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and was awarded the prestigious Heinz Award for Technology, The Economy and Employment. Wozniak is also a published author with the release of his New York Times Best Selling autobiography, iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, in September 2006.

 

Hope this doesn’t interfere with his new day job.

Go Woz!  The competition below.

 

 

October 7, 2008

Apple co-founder (in picture to the right, to the left is Steve Jobs) Steve Wozniak warns that the iPod’s days are numbered in an interview with UK newspaper, the Telegraph.

"The iPod has sort of lived a long life at number one. Things like, that if you look back to transistor radios and Walkmans, they kind of die out after a while", Wozniak warned.

"It’s kind of like everyone has got one or two or three. You get to a point when they are on display everywhere, they get real cheap and they are not selling as much," he added.  

One way around this inevitable consequence of change may be to slow down, Wozniak advised: "It is time for the whole computer industry to maybe have a bit of a slowdown. For twenty years we have been in this replacement and upgrade market," he said.

Woz was also critical of Apple’s tight control over iPhone development, warning, "Consumers aren’t getting all they want when companies are very proprietary and lock their products down. I would like to write some more powerful apps than what you’re allowed." 

There’s also a mumbled future product warning, where Woz, "let slip that Apple’s future could lie in an ‘iWatch’". The Telegraph doesn’t say any more…

So what is the iWatch? We say this fictional product will contain GPS sensing and a colour screen. It will be voice-activated, host a built-in phone and offer email access on the go, (read-only). What would you expect from the iWatch?

(Incidentally, we think the Woz was joking about the iWatch, but there you go.)

 

July 18, 2008

Steve Wozniak says education was one of the key uses he saw for computers from the beginning. Filmed at Blackboard Inc.s Las Vegas conference this week, here he talks about his passion for education and the early days of Apple.

http://p.castfire.com/MfFMz/video/17080/video_2008-07-16-125209.flv

February 2

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As filming for the announced Steve Jobs biopic continues, first at Steve Jobs’ childhood home, then at the Flint Center where the original Macintosh was unveiled, the first photos of Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen as Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak have appeared.

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October 18, 2010

Woz’s wrist says it all. Thanks, Thomas.

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July 1

The first in-depth video preview trailer for the upcoming, official Steve Jobs movie has gone live. The movie features Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs, Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, and it was written by Aaron Sorkin. The film is based off of Jobs’s official biography by Walter Isaacson. Earlier this year, the first teaser trailer for the movie appeared, but it did not provide an extensive look into the story or characters. The movie starts showing in theaters in October 9th.

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