One of the biggest myths surrounding Apple’s early days is that Steve Wozniak, along with Steve Jobs built the first Apple computer in Steve Jobs’s parents’ garage. In an interview with Bloomberg, Steve Wozniak said that it was not at all how it happened.
So where were you doing all this work?
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 (HPQ) in Cupertino (California). 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.
We always hear about the garage. Is that a big part of the story?
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.
In several of the movies and books written about Apple, Steve Jobs parents garage played a central role in how the company and the first Apple computer was born.
But according to Steve Wozniak, the famous garage was used to store finished computers and Apple employees tested that they worked as intended.