The myths and realities of Apple continue to unfold, and this latest piece of info from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is a big one.
Woz recently wrote in a Facebook post that the Jobs v. John Sculley blowout in the mid 1980s didn’t go down exactly to popular belief, aka, then Apple CEO Sculley forced Jobs out of Apple.
“Steve Jobs wasn’t pushed out of the company. He left,” wrote Woz on Facebook. “I supported him in his belief that he was made to create computers. But up until then he’d only had failures at creation. He was great at productizing and marketing the Apple ][ and the revenues financed the failures Apple ///, LISA, Macintosh and NeXT…After the Macintosh failure it’s fair to assume that Jobs’ left out of his feeling of greatness, and embarrassment about not having achieved it.”
Of course, Apple Insider points out that Jobs told an audience at a Stanford commencement ceremony that he was “fired,” and that Sculley has offered an explanation of the account that “more closely aligns with Wozniak’s perspective”:
“Steve was never fired. He took a sabbatical and was still chairman of the board. He was down, no one pushed him, but he was off the Mac, which was his deal — he never forgave me for that,” Sculley said in an interview, according to Apple Insider.
According to reports, like this one from the Verge, Sorkin’s Steve Jobs is one of the first portrayals of Jobs that Woz has liked in quite a while.
Steve Jobs opens Oct. 9 (imdb.com is now saying Oct. 23, so who knows). Enjoy the trailer again below: