Steve Wozniak reacts to Steve Jobs resignation: "the greatest tech leader in our lifetime"

Steve Wozniak reacts to Steve Jobs resignation:
Steve Wozniak has been the second Steve in Apple since the company's first days as both Wozniak and Jobs founded Apple in the dark days of 1976. Wozniak was the brain and main driving force behind the development of Apple I and II computers and professionally he's probably one of the best insiders on Steve Jobs. The Woz, as he's often referred to, was the second wizard in the land of Apple until he quit his full-time job at the company nearly 25 years ago, but it was Jobs with his brutally effective management who became the face of Macs, the iPhone and the iPad.

That might be the exact reason why, shortly after Jobs announced his resignation, Bloomberg interviewed the Woz about his view of the future of Apple, his thoughts on the company's policy and its iconic now ex-CEO. Wozniak summarized Jobs career and persona as "the greatest technical leader we've ever seen in our lifetime." His evaluation coincides with that of MarketWatch, which named Apple's ex-chief executive the CEO of the decade, and even Barack Obama credited Jobs for being a symbol of the American Dream.

But despite having such a charismatic and influential leader, the company behind the iPhone and iPad wouldn't change overnight:

“He’s probably going to be remembered for the next 100 years as the best business leader of our time. He will watch the company for a while, hope its on such a good track.

For a company as large as Apple, corporate culture doesn’t change overnight. The quality of the people doesn’t change.”

The Woz also spoke about the early days of Apple describing Jobs as a visionary who wanted to do things, pairing well with Wozniak's desire to build things. But while he knows Jobs professionally now he only speaks to him occasionally, so he couldn't comment on either his health or reasons for quitting: “I’m not close enough to him now to tell you what his reasons were for resigning," he said.

"He's been behind the iPhone," Wozniak added. "My God. That's the device of our lifetime." That summarizes it well enough, doesn't it? Check out the full interview below.

source: Bloomberg



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I think Bill Gates comment when the iPhone was first announced kind of says it all (may not be the exact quote): Why couldn't MS have invented that? Steve Jobs took Apple from death's doorstep to the highest market value publicly traded company in 14 years. That is more than Bill was able to accomplish.

2. joaolx

Posts: 364; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

That's right and we all have to thank him for everything he has done. Genius.

3. effdee1121

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 05, 2010

You guys sure are writing a lot of articles regarding Steve Jobs; knowing PhoneArena there will be more to come later on today .

4. iliketech

Posts: 78; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

yea, I agree, the iPhone is the greatest invention of my computing life. All you Android fans out there owe your thanks to this invention too. Whether you want to admit it or not. It changed phones and life... I tried to stick to my windows phone and met someone one day with an iphone. We had just got to a post office and it had just closed and locked the door (many of you probably have gone through that experience)... I immediately started to look on my windows phone (a Samsung Epix win 6.5) and he pulled out his iphone and was already dialing the nearest post office to ask what their hours were. I was miffed... This was about 2 years ago... I knew my phone could do that - given time. But having the information quicker and being able to make decisions about life i knew then that I needed that phone... and I lived in denial until I got the iPhone4. I now literally have information at my fingertips. That has changed my life and how I get information, process information, and can use this information to make my life easier... Thanks Steve and Steve... and you too Bill

8. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Have you seen the grandchild of your old OS? WP7 is really neat and clean. Very fast too, i'm thoroughly impressed!

5. Moo unregistered

Woz needs to bring back the US festival. Now that seemed to be alot of fun

6. Conglomerates unregistered

Intresting if true that mean the Microsoft still has about 22 percent stake in apple which means they make a huge chunck when apple make guap. but anyway steve and bill will always be rich on until their dieing days...

7. Moo unregistered

No better yet let Woz run apple. Wait he may just give everything away and be laughing about it.

10. scootercomputer unregistered

Rest in Peace, Steve. RIP 10/5/2011

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