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Apple's celebrated garage beginnings is 'a bit of a myth', says co-founder Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak is as much a part of Apple's history, as Steve Jobs. He is responsible for building the first Apple 1 computer in 1976, and is very much an integral part of the company's success story.

Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak is as much a part of Apple’s history, as Steve Jobs. He is responsible for building the first Apple 1 computer in 1976, and is very much an integral part of the company’s success story. One of the warm tales from early Apple establishment is the fact that the first computer was built out of a garage, because of their lack of money and infrastructure. As symbolic as that story might have been, founder Steve Wozniak, in an interview with Bloomberg, says it’s a bit of a myth.

In an interview with them, Steve said that most of the computer was built at the Hewlett Packard office where he worked at that time.
The work was being done—soldering things together, putting the chips together, designing them, drawing them on drafting tables—at my cubicle at Hewlett-Packard in Cupertino [Calif.]. That was an incredible time. It let me do a lot of side projects, and it was five years to the summer of ’75, when I built the Apple computer, the first one. The next summer I built the Apple II computer.

The garage was not a part of any process while building the computer. He finally says,

The garage is a bit of a myth. We did no designs there, no breadboarding, no prototyping, no planning of products. We did no manufacturing there. The garage didn’t serve much purpose, except it was something for us to feel was our home. We had no money. You have to work out of your home when you have no money.

All that extensive reportage of Apple’s origins from the garage has been put to rest with Wozniak’s statement. RIP Apple garage legacy.

  • Published Date: December 5, 2014 3:03 PM IST