Steve Wozniak, simply known as “Woz” in most computer circles, has said in a recent interview that he would return to Apple if asked. There is no indication that such an invitation is close to happening, but he is open to the concept.
Speaking to Reuters while attending a server conference in Brighton, England, he was asked if he would ever consider returning to the company he help co-found, he replied, “I’d consider it, yeah.” However, there could be an immediate opportunity for Woz to clash with Apple CEO Steve Jobs as the engineer feels the company should be more open with its products, something Jobs is not a fan of. “My thinking is that Apple could be more open and not lose sales,” Wozniak said. He did, however, add a caveat by adding, “I’m sure they’re making the right decisions for the right reasons for Apple.”
There is no indication that Wozniak is being asked to return to the company he left in 1987. Although he has not worked physically at the company in nearly a quarter century, he still draws a paycheck from them.
The relationship between Jobs and Wozniak has been a source of much speculation over the years with no one being certain if the two men were even still friendly. That was pretty well put to rest last Sept. when Woz was seen at Apple’s annual iPod event, and within seconds of coming to the stage, Jobs acknowledged his presence with a large smile, referred to him as his “partner in crime” and told him to stand up for the audience to see him.
With Jobs currently sidelined due to an indefinite medical leave, there has been a lot of talk about who could eventually succeed him as the CEO of the company. While it seems unlikely it would be Wozniak due to his long absence from the day-to-day operations of the company, this small sound bite of a quote which could have been nothing more than a random thought, is sure to set many tongues to wagging with speculation. For my money, I’m going with it being a wistful, passing thought.
What do you think? Should Steve Wozniak return to Apple?