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Steve Wozniak on iOS 7, Mac Pro, Kim Kardashian, Jobs and the 'lousy' Macintosh

Ashleigh Allsopp | July 1, 2013
We round up Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak's numerous interviews from this week, which cover a wide range of topics.

"Jobs came back as the saint and god we now recognize and did then head the creation of other products as great as the Apple II, like the iTunes store, the iPod, the retail stores, the iPhone and the iPad. But he was a different person, more experienced and more thoughtful and more capable of running Apple in those later years.

Above: Josh Gad and Ashton Kutcher as Woz and Jobs in the upcoming biopic

"We truly could have used the later Jobs in earlier years at Apple, is what I feel," Woz added.

Woz was a little happier with Josh Gad's portrayal of him in the trailer than he had been when he saw the one-minute-long clip of the film that was revealed in January. "I was ok with how it showed me, unlike the first preview," he said. "Other characters like Sculley and Markkula are wildly exaggerated in ways that tend to portray them as sleazy or something. In fact, they both had the same high ideals of where computers could lead us as Steve did."

It's expected that Jobs, will hit cinemas in August, after it was delayed from its original 19 April release date. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year but received mixed reviews from those who saw it.

Woz on Steve Jobs and the 'lousy' Macintosh
Wozniak isn't against Steve Jobs movies altogether, though. He is an advisor on Sony's adaptation of Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs autobiography, which is being directed by The Social Network director Aaron Sorkin.

In (another) interview this week, this time with The Verge, Woz said: "I really admire the way [Sorkin] is going to make that film. I think it's going to bring out Jobs' personality and characteristics and thinking and vision very well at three key, important times."

"Introducing the Macintosh, Steve was still young, trying to move too fast, and not regulated enough to really create a good product, a successful product," said Woz, explaining that he believes Jobs had three failures during his time at Apple.

Woz said that it was during Steve Jobs' time at NeXT that he learned how to become a person who come back to Apple and run the company, and wait until products were really ready before launching them, something Woz doesn't believe happened with the Lisa and the Macintosh

"The Macintosh should've been a whole different product, not a mouse-driven GUI machine like it was, and the Lisa he should've just waited five years, and then it would've been ready. When he introduced the iPod, that was the next Apple II," Woz continued. "That's what makes people really love Steve Jobs to this day, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, and how much they meant to our lives."


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