Tag - Wozniak
We've said this before on our weekly slice-by-slice delving into Apple history, but even when the products are incredibly important, it's the people who made them that are the most interesting. That's true right from the start, with Steve Jobs, Ronald Wayne, and Steve Wozniak in 1976 to Tim Cook, Jony Ive, and more in 2016. For this week of June 11 through 17 across all those years, though, it is the personal and the individual stories that leap out.
To appreciate Apple's four-decade history, just occasionally you need to look back a little further than these 40 years. As we slice up the firm's life week by week, we're concentrating on 1976 to 2016, but it's no exaggeration to say that Apple would not exist at all if it weren't for a computer made five years before the company officially began.
Previously on this week by week slicing of Apple history, we noted how Steve Wozniak had been dangerously tardy in 1976 about getting a legal release from his employer Hewlett Packard. Without that permission, the Apple I computer would've legally belonged to HP, and by the time Woz got the paperwork sorted out, he and Jobs were already deep into making their first sale. We were sorry to have teased you with how you'd have to wait until this week to see that Woz learned his lesson a little too well. Now we're very sorry to tease you that he would do something even more daft -- that we'll tell you about in November.
If you learn just one thing from slicing week by week through Apple's four decades of history, then you really haven't been paying attention. The odds, though, are that the one thing you will learn is that contracts are really important. Microsoft beat Apple over copying the Mac because the Windows maker had better lawyers, for one thing, and the sheer number of lawsuits flung everywhere rivals the number of patents involved. Consequently, if you were going to do something that crossed a contract, you would sort out the paperwork first.
We're spending this 40th anniversary year of Apple's going through the company's rollercoaster history in one-week slices. Yet this time, let us blur that a little bit, and start with an event that isn't one you can pin to a certain hour -- but instead is a brooding problem that took place over all of April, 1985. For one thing, it's to do with the ousting of Steve Jobs from the company he co-created, and in history's telescoping of details, the usual story you hear is that CEO John Sculley fired him. It's actually not that unreasonable a summary, as he might as well have done, but strictly speaking no, he didn't -- and it didn't happen in one big board meeting.
Usually when you speak of a significant figure with Apple, you mean Steve Jobs or Tim Cook. Yet on this April 1 -- the 40th birthday of the company -- we want to examine 40 other figures. Numbers. Digits. The history of Apple as sliced up into numbers. Though speaking of slicing history, do make sure you're reading the year-long MacNN series that examines each week for what happened then across 1976 to today.
Not a great deal happened in this week of Apple history, except for the formation of the company and later its single-biggest financial loss ever. So it's the week of the company's birth and of its near death, that's all. As MacNN slices through the history of Apple's four decades one week at a time, this is perhaps the most striking example of its triumphs and disasters. It's also the week you can see the start of successes and troubles to come.
A previously-reported auction in Cologne, Germany of a rare working-condition Apple I computer failed to meet the minimum bid of €180,000 ($242,820) but was sold after the auction had closed, Auction Team Breker has revealed. Two potential bidders were surprised that the item had failed to sell and put in their own bids, with the larger of the two being accepted - €246,000, or US $330,000. The same company had previously sold a rare functioning Apple I for over $670,000 in a previous auction.
A video from Steve Wozniak addressing the Denver "Apple Pi" computer club on October 4, 1984 has been uploaded to YouTube. In the tapes, Wozniak addresses his hack of a hotel video-on-demand box to avoid additional charges, his probation for computer abuse, and his relationship with Steve Jobs at the time he was persuaded to quit his job with Hewlett Packard and devote himself to Apple. Also on the tape is Apple employee number six, Randy Wiggington, discussing the early days of the Macintosh operating system, when the first versions of the Finder failed to copy a floppy disk.
The widely-publicized first scene released from Ashton Kutcher's jOBS biographical feature on Steve Jobs is said to be "not close" to the actual relationship between Jobs and Stephen Wozniak, according to Wozniak himself. The film will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival, with Kutcher and co-star Josh Gad appearing at the Macworld conference next week to promote the picture.