Apple’s Steve Jobs “Didn’t Do Any Original Design” Says Woz

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Apple’s Steve Jobs “Didn’t Do Any Original Design” Says Woz
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According to Steve Wozniak’s website this morning, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) co-founder Steve Jobs never wrote computer code for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), and he “didn’t do any original design” for the company. The information was posted by the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) co-founder on Woz.com in response to an emailed question from a fan.

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Apple's Steve Jobs "Didn't Do Any Original Design" Says Woz

The question, which was not sourced on the site, was from a computer science major who wondered about Steve Jobs’ technical ability. “Does Steve Jobs know how to code? Is he an engineer (i.e. did he know what the heck you were doing when you were building the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)?)” read the question.

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Steve Jobs wasn’t an engineer

According to the response from Steve Wozniak, “Steve didn’t ever code. He wasn’t an engineer and he didn’t do any original design.” Wozniak did say, however, that Jobs “was technical enough to alter and change and add to other designs.” Questions about Jobs’ technical ability have dogged conversions about the tech luminary between fans and detractors.

The fact is that in the early days of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Steve Jobs was not involved in the technical choices made at the company. Wozniak says, “I did all of the Apple I and Apple II myself, including the feature choices. I did all of the BASIC myself (it’s in handwriting as I couldn’t afford an assembler).”

Steve jobs did none of the programming and none of the design for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) when it started as a tiny computer company in California. Wozniak left his employment at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) completely in 1987, after several years of minor and sporadic employment in the company.

Apple CEO’s legacy

Steve Jobs is a very difficult man to categorize. He was not a programmer nor a design engineer at the computer company he turned into the world’s biggest. His philosophy and management were, however, incredibly important in making the company what it is today. He leaves few lessons for designers and engineers.

After Wozniak left the company in 1987, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had been transformed into a multinational computer corporation, and it is unlikely that he got his hands dirty writing code in the years that followed. Steve Jobs did work at Atari for a period designing computer games, but it seems unlikely that he actually wrote the code involved given today’s revelation from Wozniak.

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  1. Howard Hughes was an engineering genius, a self taught aviator, aerospace engineer,who Created & test piloted and crashed his own s Steve Jobs was a nobody who only stood on the shoulders of others, any one can collect jelly beans and put them in order thanx Woz

  2. That the engineering part should follow the ergonomics of the product so that user experience is one of ease, elegance, and simplicity, as opposed to the reverse, i.e. doing some heavy math-oriented engineering of the product first, resulting in a clunky product with unnatural features and operations, then call in the aesthetics design people to somehow work around the engineered product and make it pretty. Wozniak would never have come up with this philosophy or at least make it work. With Wozniak, you would have an iPhone that only an engineering wiz would be able to figure out how to operate. Read Jobs’ official biography to understand.

  3. “His philosophy and management were, however, incredibly important in making the company what it is today.”

    And his philosophy and management choices were?

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