The first scene from iJOBS—the biopic on Steve Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher—may be pretty decent, but it never happened. Not even close, according to Steve Wozniak, who says they “never had such interaction and roles.”
Woz had this to say in a Gizmodo comment:
Not close…we never had such interaction and roles…I’m not even sure what it’s getting at…personalities are very wrong although mine is closer…don’t forget that my purpose was inspired by the values of the Homebrew Computer Club along with ideas of the value of such machines and Steve J. wasn’t around and didn’t attend the club so he was the one learning about such social impact of the future.
So, in fact, it was precisely the contrary. Woz knew the value of these machines, the democratisation of technology. Steve learned about it later.
He also added this in an email:
Totally wrong. Personalities and where the ideas of computers affecting society did not come from Jobs. They inspired me and were widely spoken at the Homebrew Computer Club. Steve came back from Oregon and came to a club meeting and didn’t start talking about this great social impact. His idea was to make a $20 PC board and sell it for $40 to help people at the club build the computer I’d given away. Steve came from selling surplus parts at HalTed he always saw a way to make a quick buck off my designs (this was the 5th time).
The lofty talk came much further down the line.
I never looked like a professional. We were both kids. Our relationship was so different than what was portrayed. I’m embarrassed but if the movie is fun and entertaining, all the better. Anyone who reads my book iWoz can get a clearer picture.
Steve is referring to his book, which explains how he Invented the personal computer, co-founded apple, and had fun doing it.
So while the movie may be good enough to watch (or not), it looks like it will be pretty inaccurate. I wonder about what other poppycock they will be pulling out of their asses. I don’t think I would be able to enjoy it if these Hollywood hacks got the truly important stuff wrong. After all, is it there anything more important to the core history of Apple than the collaboration between the two Steves? I don’t think there is.