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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said in an interview this week that he would consider returning to an active role at the company he helped start if asked.

During an interview in England this week, Wozniak said, "I'd consider it, yeah," when asked whether he would play a more active role if asked, Reuters reports.

Wozniak, Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne founded Apple Computer in 1976. Wozniak left his full-time role with the company in 1987, but remains an employee and shareholder of Apple.

Since leaving Apple, Wozniak has been involved in a wide range of entrepreneurial and philanthropic endeavors. He currently serves as Chief Scientist for storage company Fusion-io.

Meanwhile, Jobs is currently taking an indefinite leave of absence to focus on his health, though he remains CEO of Apple and continues to be involved in strategic decisions.

Wozniak, who has widely been acknowledged as the technical genius behind Apple's early success, believes that he has a lot to offer the company he helped start, which went on to become the world's second-largest company in terms of market value.

"There's just an awful lot I know about Apple products and competing products that has some relevance, some meaning. They're my own feelings, though," Wozniak said during the interview.

When asked his opinion on Apple today, Wozniak praised the company for its track record with recent products. "Unbelievable," he said, "The products, one after another, quality and hits."

Even so, Wozniak admitted that he'd prefer Apple's devices to be more open, so he can "get in there and add [his] own touches." Last December, Wozniak revealed that he had purchased a DIY kit for the iPhone 4 and "modded" the device into the as-yet-unreleased white version.

"My thinking is that Apple could be more open and not lose sales," said Wozniak, while adding, "I'm sure they're making the right decisions for the right reasons for Apple."

Wozniak has been committed to openness since the beginning. In December, Wozniak told reporters that he didn't design the original Apple I to make a lot of money and had given the designs away for free after his former employer HP showed no interest in the computer.
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Why in the world would Apple want him back? He never outgrew the 70's and he hasn't had anything intelligent to say about the market for 20 years.

Meanwhile, he can't even keep a secret - blabbing all around the world about the Apple products he HAS been able to see. So Apple can't trust him.

It would be a huge mistake.
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Pete Best always said he'd return to the Beatles if he were asked. I think he's still saying that....
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Why in the world would Apple want him back? He never outgrew the 70's and he hasn't had anything intelligent to say about the market for 20 years.

Meanwhile, he can't even keep a secret - blabbing all around the world about the Apple products he HAS been able to see. So Apple can't trust him.

It would be a huge mistake.


Put him to work for one of their partners. That way he would never know what is going to happen until the rest of the world does.

[Sarcasm]

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The people that say they don't do it for the money are the ones with Brinks trucks parked on their gilded driveways.
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no point for Woz at apple, doesn't really bring anything to the table.
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I needed a little comic relief at the end of the week.

This more than sufficed.
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Woz is loved around the world. He's a rock star. He would be a huge asset to Apple. I think he is now, just by association. That said, he'd either have to get a leadership role or get with the program. I don't think he'd want to do the latter, and Jobs might not want him for the former.

But there's always a possibility.
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post #9 of 142
once a genius, always a genius.
i have no doubt that he would be valuable to the company.

plus, he does seem like the type of guy that was NOT in it for the money. Please dont bad mouth Steve Wozniak, without him there would be no apple.
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Sad, just sad.
post #11 of 142
Woz is a great guy, i'd love to see him back at apple.
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It won't happen while Steve is in charge. Maybe a few years after Steve has left, then Apple might ask him to come back to revive some "magic".

I don't want to get personal about what Woz is or isn't, but while Steve is around, he ain't coming back.
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Has he done anything since co-foundling Apple? There's that Segway thing that didn't catch on and never did revolutionize human transport... He did date that female comic. Oh wait, I got it, he carries a lot of gadgets, maybe that's why he should be considered by Apple.

His resume is pretty lackluster...

If I were him, I would want to work for Apple too, since all his other achievements and business ventures have been pretty pathetic.
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DO IT, STEVE!!!
You guys have no imagination. I'd put Steve to work on a 35th Anniversary Limited Edition Apple I retro replica, complete with wooden case, xeroxed copies of the documentation as originally written by Jobs. Real ones are housed in The Smithsonian.

Yeah, I know: won't happen. Steve Jobs is notorious for not looking back. He's too busy creating the post-PC future, why go back & waste money recreating the past? I wouldn't mind it if Woz recreated those Blue Boxes that they used to steal long distance from AT&T back when Jobs was a long haired hippie with a VW microbus, hanging out in Berkeley. Now they're partnering with AT&T. The irony.

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Bring back the WOZ!

Get the band back together!
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The reason WOZ was so effective in Apple's beginnings is due to Job's focus and business acumen. I believe if he was given a role with the appropriate leash he could be huge asset.

Everybody loves him, he can have great ideas but definitely needs moderation. Can you imagine him coming out as part of a "One more thing...." segment with a new product he was involved with building? As long as he didn't say anything stupid (high risk admittedly) he could be a huge PR asset. He could really give Steve J a run for his money as a charismatic presenter.
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I love the guy, but...does anybody but me think iOS would be Android if Woz still worked for Apple?
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I love the guy, but...does anybody but me think iOS would be Android if Woz still worked for Apple?

no, because we wouldn't be running the company.
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Has he done anything since co-foundling Apple? There's that Segway thing that didn't catch on and never did revolutionize human transport... He did date that female comic. Oh wait, I got it, he carries a lot of gadgets, maybe that's why he should be considered by Apple.

His resume is pretty lackluster...

If I were him, I would want to work for Apple too, since all his other achievements and business ventures have been pretty pathetic.

Actually, Woz started teaching for some time. I admit I don't know his current status, but I don't think it is fair to say his resumé is lackluster. But after his plane crash he sort of became a different person, as head injury patients often do.
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Sad, just sad.

Agreed.
All the demeaning posts by a bunch of pricks are unnecessary.
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Key words IF ASKED

I don't see Apple ever asking so it is a non issue.

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post #22 of 142
I would LOVE to see Woz back at Apple. Apple's been getting scary in recent years with all their closed systems and walled gardens. I'm convinced that the end of accessible filesystems is on the long-term roadmap as macs continue to morph into appliances. Woz would make sure there are still computers in there, and realize that users will come up with cool things to do with them that he would never think of, and leave them open and accessible enough to make sure that happens.
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Woz is a great guy, i'd love to see him back at apple.

all those new Apple Stores, there must be a few brooms around...
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What does the 'Chief Scientist' in a storage company do?
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Bring back the WOZ!

Get the band back together!

Let me guess: You're over 60.

(Not making a value judgment.... I'll be there in a few years myself...)
post #26 of 142
I have been to a Woz speech. He talks way too fast to be a presenter. Super nice guy though. If heaven forbid we lose Steve Jobs, the public will be clamoring for Woz to return. I don't know what he would do at Apple. Perhaps be an "evangelist."

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Woz has been away from Apple for a long time. He was instrumental in developing the first Apple computer and much of its software. He is a genius, but does not have the same personality as Steve. Perhaps that contributed to their original success. As for the past, CEO's of Apple, the Board clearly made a huge Mistake when they hired John Sculley. I like Woz, but I don't think he should return to Apple in a public way. He has loose lips and needs to weigh what he says carefully. Public comments can easily sink a corporation.

Woz has Chief Scientist position at Apple - there may be a better position for him there, but I don't know. It is not something a blog can determine. His thoughts could be valuable, but I am not sure he would be good for them in a public position.

I don't really like Steve Balmer. He should remain at Microsoft - he is good for Apple as long has he remains there.
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Pete Best always said he'd return to the Beatles if he were asked. I think he's still saying that....

Hahaha... Priceless!!
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What is with the nasty comments about Woz?

1) There would have been no iDevice, mac or anything else without Woz
2) The guy was in plane crash and got injured
3) As for Segway and a few non starters... ah hem, Jobs doesn't always get it right

Show some freakin respect for your tech elders.

Regardless of what meaningful role he was "asked to fill" it would be a soulful move for Apple. I could see him heading up a skunkworks type thing, exploring new frontiers of tech (would need a tight budget cap). Or more practically championing Apple's opened source projects into the broader OpenSource community. Or heading up an Apple philanthropy program with an engineering education focus.

Who would you prefer picked him up, the Google spam machine?
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post #30 of 142
Woz made great contributions but I just don't see him in any role at Apple other than evangelist.

It is easy to jailbreak an iPhone so he can have all the freedom with his device by that method. It does not serve Apple to be more open than they are. Remember that OSX is based on BSD Unix and iOS on OSX so Apple contributes to the greater community.
post #31 of 142
Steve Wozniak is good at what he does HOWEVER definitely not for Apple. His ideas are not visionary from his statements.
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Has he done anything since co-foundling Apple? There's that Segway thing that didn't catch on and never did revolutionize human transport... He did date that female comic. Oh wait, I got it, he carries a lot of gadgets, maybe that's why he should be considered by Apple.

His resume is pretty lackluster...

If I were him, I would want to work for Apple too, since all his other achievements and business ventures have been pretty pathetic.

what does segway have to do with woz? He didn't make segway. As far as I know, his only connection to segway is as a customer.

Woz designed the entire Apple 2 (and Apple 1), wrote the Integer Basic programming language it used, wrote the basic interpreter, wrote some of the apps that shipped with it, created it's floppy disk drive. He wasn't a business man or a marketer, but there would be no Apple without Woz. His designs were brilliant and the reason Apple's hardware dominated their competition.

In fact, his computer almost wasn't enough. The next two computer systems Apple released, the Apple 3 and the Lisa both failed and while Macintosh was ultimately a big success, Apple 2 sales carried apple for a while after Macintosh was released.

Woz made millions at Apple, left when after a plane crash, went back to school to finish his degree and volunteers his time as a school teacher. I'm pretty shocked at the comments here. Woz didn't ask to be CEO, which he clearly isn't qualified for and has no interest in. I'm certain he could offer valuable input into the company he helped create.
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Recognizing that he was a key piece of Apple history, I don't understand what Woz's place would be in the current or future Apple except as a mascot or as some other kind of PR fodder.

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Remember that OSX is based on BSD Unix and iOS on OSX so Apple contributes to the greater community.

I don't understand what OS X and iOS being based on BSD Unix has to do with Apple contributing to the greater community.
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If he could help Apple open their eco-system up a bit it will benefit Apple greatly.
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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said in an interview this week that he would consider eating waffles for breakfast if asked.

During an interview in England this week, Wozniak said, "I'd consider it, yeah," when asked whether he would eat waffles for breakfast if asked, Reuters reports.

Seriously though, Woz is like that really annoying uncle everyone has. You love the guy and all, but god damn is he obnoxious!
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What is with the nasty comments about Woz?

1) There would have been no iDevice, mac or anything else without Woz
2) The guy was in plane crash and got injured
3) As for Segway and a few non starters... ah hem, Jobs doesn't always get it right

Show some freakin respect for your tech elders.

Regardless of what meaningful role he was "asked to fill" it would be a soulful move for Apple. I could see him heading up a skunkworks type thing, exploring new frontiers of tech (would need a tight budget cap). Or more practically championing Apple's opened source projects into the broader OpenSource community. Or heading up an Apple philanthropy program with an engineering education focus.

Who would you prefer picked him up, the Google spam machine?

A few caveats:

I agree some the comments here have been way over the top. He engineered a computer good enough to jump start a revolution.

That revolution was inevitable, just like the development of the automobile was a ultra-logical extension of the engineering and manufacturing infrastructure of the late 1800's and was "invented" independently in a number of locations in Europe and America within 3-4 years of each other. But Jobs was able to leverage Woz's design into a business empire which has literally reshaped not only the technology industry, but (directly and indirectly) aspects of the daily lives of billions. And if the design hadn't been good enough, it never would have happened. Someone else would have achieved "first mover" advantage. So Woz is also part of world history, if a footnote compared to Jobs.

And neither accomplishment will ever come close to being matched by the snipers here.

However, showing respect for elders doesn't mean giving them back the keys to the firearms cabinet they relinquished long ago.

Second, a number of people have associated Woz with the Segway as if (or at least not noting otherwise) he had something to with its invention. When in fact, although the inventor's vision led him to way over-hype how would be received as a retail product for normal folk, it was invented by the technically fantastic Dean Kamen. It borrowed technology from one of earliest "i" monikered devices, Kamen's advanced iBot wheelchair, which "stands up" using gyroscope control to allow the wheel chair bound reach many of the objects they can't with a standard wheelchair.

While Segways have found niche success in targeted applications,TOTAL sales since 2001 (about 50K units) haven't reached the initial sales projected for the first year. Woz is not mentioned in the wikipedia entry for the company. And a search for him on the company's website returns no answers.

So he is likely either lightly compensated or simply just a satisfied user not afraid to fly his nerd flag and the association is simply that he is the most famous person using one which actually helps keep the product in the news. In either case, he is neither responsible for the original product's design or features, nor has he likely in any way materially affected the company's fortunes except as just noted.

Finally, I doubt he needs the money enough to become a "judas goat" for a major Apple competitor. Implying that he would is kind of a snipe in its own right.

His loose lips (i.e., his off the cuff candid comments) have already not sunk, but dinged a few Apple ships. But he's done that gratis over a period of years and from the heart. And has shown he may again at any time, but always with good will towards what he sees as good for Apple.

Ironic fact: "The [Segway] company was sold in early 2010, to a group led by British millionaire Jimi Heselden, chairman of Hesco Bastion, who died in an accident involving a Segway on September 27, 2010." Post-ironic follow-up fact: a pop-over for an initiative called "Segway Safety" comes up during a visit to the site.

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Sad, just sad.

Fully agreed here as well.

People, look at yourselves. I cannot believe the sheer HATE being leveled towards someone so undeserving of it. Steve Ballmer gets better treatment around here.

Anyway suit yourselves. Maybe Sculley or Spindler will come back instead.
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I think it would be a great PR move. I mean can you imagine at the end of the Keynote at WWDC in 2012? One more thing... Woz walks onto the stage. Now let your imaginations run wild. I have no doubt the place would absolutely erupt with applause.
post #39 of 142
He may have some good ideas, he's a very smart guy like the other Steve but with a different approach. Like others said, he probably won't be asked though.

And yes, please show some respect, he's the other Steve of Apple, he's a philanthropist and has received numerous awards! You're only showing stupidity by making disparaging remarks about him
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His resume is pretty lackluster...

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1975-77: Invented the Personal Computer

When you have that, you don't need anything else. Your lack of common sense is hilarious.

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If he could help Apple open their eco-system up a bit it will benefit Apple greatly.

Not in the least, it won't. You want open? Buy from someone else.

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Maybe Sculley or Spindler will come back instead.

Most of the people in this thread would actively want either of them back, it seems.

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