Lesser-known Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak recently sat down with Reddit for a video interview, and a more traditional AMA. Among the nuggets of wisdom: the Apple Watch lineup is “too complicated”, and Apple’s garage origins is partly a myth.
There’s a few good, hard-hitting questions in the AMA that Wozniak took the time to answer. The ongoing saga between Apple and the DOJ is at the front of everyone’s mind, and Woz didn’t pull punches:
I was brought up in a time when communist Russia under Stalin was thought to be, everybody is spied on, everybody is looked into, every little thing can get you secretly thrown into prison. And, no. We had our Bill of Rights. And it’s just dear to me. The Bill of Rights says some bad people won’t do certain bad things because we’re protecting humans to live as humans.
So, I come from the side of personal liberties. But there are also other problems. Twice in my life I wrote things that could have been viruses. I threw away every bit of source code. I just got a chill inside. These are dangerous, dangerous things, and if some code gets written in an Apple product that lets people in, bad people are going to find their way to it, very likely.
Woz also has praise for how Tim Cook is handling the company, saying that he’s continuing the “strong tradition that Steve Jobs was known for of making good products that help people do things they want to do in their life”.
But he also thinks the Apple Watch lineup has flaws: while he wears an Apple Watch day-to-day, he complains about the number of products in the lineup: “Twenty watches from $500 to $1100. The band’s the only difference?”
The biggest revelation comes at the beginning of the interview, however, where he dispels the “myth” that Apple was founded in a garage. It’s well worth a watch, and the AMA has some surprisingly candid information about how to start a company, and why he left Apple.