April 10, 2011

Wozniak Would Consider Going Back To Apple

Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple Inc. along with Steve Jobs, says he would consider returning to an active role at the company.

"I'd consider it, yeah," the 60-year-old computer engineer said in an interview with Reuters when asked whether he would play a more active role if asked.

Wozniak and Jobs founded Apple in 1976, along with Ronald Wayne.  Together the men built the Apple I and Apple II computers that helped revolutionize personal computing.

Wozniak stopped working for Apple in 1987 but is still on the payroll.

Chief Executive Jobs is currently on a medical leave.  Jobs had a liver transplant two years ago and surgery from a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2005.

Apple became the world's most valuable technology company last year, overtaking software giant Microsoft.

"There's just an awful lot I know about Apple products and competing products that has some relevance, some meaning. They're my own feelings, though," Wozniak, who is currently chief scientist of storage start-up Fusion-io, told Reuters.

He said Apple was "Unbelievable. The products, one after another, quality and hits."

He said that he liked technology to be relatively open so that he could "get in there and add my own touches."

"My thinking is that Apple could be more open and not lose sales," said Wozniak, but added: "I'm sure they're making the right decisions for the right reasons for Apple."


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