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Steve Wozniak

Jobs Needs Some

'Steve Time'

8/25/2011 7:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Steve Wozniak
says his fellow Apple co-founder Steve Jobs needs to relax in his retirement ... saying, "Steve needs now to just have some 'Steve time' ... He deserves it."

After Jobs announced his resignation yesterday, Wozniak spoke with BYTE ... saying, "[Jobs] really has had to sacrifice a lot to run Apple ... I mean, just your time, everybody wants you day and night, that's what I mean by sacrifices."

He added, "It takes so much out of anyone to be under just constant pressure and demands like that."

As to the future of Apple, Wozniak seems optimistic ... saying, "You've got to remember, [Jobs] was surrounded by great, great people at Apple ... and those people are still there."

Translation -- you still won't need to buy a Zune anytime soon.


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While what he says has a lot of truth to it, also keep in mind Apple's history. The two Steves create one of the first personal computers and the company takes off. Then the Apple board fires him in 1984 and the company tanks as IBM clones win the PC war. He comes back in 1996 and before long Apple makes a huge comeback and grows into the company we see today.

So the history of Apple is that when Jobs is at the helm the company excels, when he isn't running the company it languishes.

1157 days ago


My iPhone is the best, most wonderful purchase I ever made in my entire life. Best $200. I ever spent.
Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Kiss Steve Jobs!
You are the greatest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1157 days ago

Sonya in Tx    

Pancreatic cancer has zero percent cure rate. It's so sad to see such a dynamic person go downhill at the age of 59.

1157 days ago


I've owned an iPod and a Zune. The Zune blows the iPod out of the water but Apple got their marketing strategy right with the iPod unlike Microsoft did with the Zune.

1157 days ago

PRO US    

Very gracious of Steve Wozniak considering the stories of how Jobs allegedly cheated him at Apple on repeated occasions. They're both billionaires and both geniuses. Too bad even Apple decided they had to outsource the entire production of all Apple products to China to remain competitive and profitable enough to get investors to buy and keep their stock. Apple products like the iPod used to be emblazoned "Designed in America" or "Designed in the USA" but they were all and are all made in China. How sad is that?

Steve Jobs never contributed a dime to any US charity. That shows what kind of a humanitarian he is. But he was a genius for how he ran Apple. So, many of us have a lot of respect for his talents and drive, a lot of sympathy for his suffering while battling cancer but also a lot of disappointment in him for not being compassionate and charitable or for doing more to reinvigorate a manufacturing industry in the USA.

We all hope he recovers from his health struggles and we all hope that he realizes that he's part o*****reater whole and he should donate some of his vast wealth to help the USA which badly needs help of its best and brightest now in these very difficult economic times.

Whomever doesn't agree with the above is a dopey Apple fanboy, plain and simple. Jobs is a genius but he should join the Warren Buffett initiative to give at least half of his wealth to charities, if he wants to be considered by others or in his own mind to be a great human being. He's had a blessed life and he's accomplished so much, but he's fallen short but he's still alive and he can make amends and show the selfless way forward. If he does, he'll go down in history as one of the greats. If he doesn't, he'll go down as a genius who accomplished much for himself, his company and his fanboys but little for the world at large.

1157 days ago

PRO US    

Wow, TMZ's censorship spellchecker is so insane and inane that if one write "o-f t-h-e g-r-e-a-t-e-r w-h-o-l-e", it gets censored.

How funny and pathetic is your automatic censorship program, TMZ.

Harvey, stop downing those caffeine free, diet cola drinks and fix your web site!

1157 days ago


Translation -- you still won't need to buy a Zune anytime soon.
____________________ I SMELL A LAWSUIT... GENIUS QUOTE, LEVIN.

1157 days ago


An ego like Steve Jobs' wouldn't give up the reins at Apple unless he was near death.

I don't care what BS Wozniak spits out.


1157 days ago


He's not retiring, he's still working in Apple......

1157 days ago


Laura, he's still working at Apple for one reason: Health Care Benefits.


1157 days ago


Hmmmm, think I'll go dust off "the pirates of silicon valley" dvd. While nobody can deny the man is a visionary, the guy is kinda a jerk....

1157 days ago


The guy is an elitist prick, but I do still have a heart for him... Even though I like Android and Windows Phone 7 more than the iPhone, the guy and his company were the first to bring the ideas of a decent touchscreen phone to the market and now the tablet... Apple's almost aways been the first to innovate before other manufacturers and I'm sure it was because of Jobs ability to take risk that Apple usually always succeeded in their endeavors... But he's been grooming Cook, Schiller and Ive for years and years now so I'm sure Apple will be okay for the foreseeable future... But if any of them go, all bets are off...

1157 days ago


I actually prefer ZUNE... Just copy and paste.

1157 days ago


Only thing apple is good at is marketing expensive junk and filing lawsuits. On a serious note tho apple sucks, steve jobs sucks.

1157 days ago


No interviews, no pictures. Just a statement. I'll give him two months.

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