Video: Steve Wozniak on What Really Happened in Steve Jobs’s Garage
Steve Wozniak says the story of Apple originating from work that happened in Jobs’s garage is “a bit of a myth,” in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek’s Brandon Lisy. As the story goes, the garage of a ranch-style house in Los Altos, Calif., was where the first prototypes of the Apple computers were built. It was an important enough event to earn the house designation as an historic resource last year, meaning that the city would have to approve any renovations to the property.
Wozniak says the garage was really just the symbolic home of Apple. The design work, planning, and prototyping happened elsewhere, often at Wozniak’s cubicle at Hewlett-Packard. Jobs worked mostly out of his bedroom in the same house. They’d spend a little time testing the products in the garage, but the idea that Apple ever operated from the space is overblown: “There were hardly ever more than two people in the garage,” says Wozniak, “and mostly they were just sitting around kinda doing nothing productive.”