STEVE WOZNIACK, the more alive of the original founders of Apple, has dispelled a myth that has become a part of Silicon Valley folklore.
In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Woz admitted that the garage which was always thought to be the birthplace of the Apple I and other early devices, was in fact little more than a symbol.
"The garage didn’t serve much purpose, except it was something for us to feel was our home," Woz explains. "We had no money. You have to work out of your home when you have no money."
So where did Woz and Jobs actually do all the work?
"The work was being done - soldering things together, putting the chips together, designing them, drawing them on drafting tables - at my cubicle at Hewlett-Packard in Cupertino."
Wozniack had been working at HP and formed his alliance with Steve Jobs when the latter arrived for a summer job. So does this mean that Apple's success was done on the HP dollar? Well, truth be told, he doesn't specify, but we doubt that Meg Whitman is going to be chasing him down the street with a bucket demanding royalties.
He continues: "That was an incredible time. It let me do a lot of side projects, and it was five years to the summer of ’75, when I built the Apple computer, the first one. The next summer I built the Apple II computer."
It's no secret that the early days of Apple were a labour of love, but the common wisdom was that the magic happened in a garage. Time to put that to bed once and for all. "The garage is a bit of a myth," he says. "We did no designs there, no breadboarding, no prototyping, no planning of products. We did no manufacturing there."
As the world awaits the release of the Apple Watch, it's funny to think of these two trailblazing nerds, whether in an HP cubicle or a musty old garage, having absolutely no clue what a huge part they would go on to play in 20th and 21st century culture.
Last year one of those original Apple I machines sold for $390,000. µ
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