Summary of iWoz

Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I invented the personal computer, co-founded Apple, and had fun doing it

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iWoz book summary
How Steve Wozniak started Apple, invented the personal computer and played a few pranks along the way.


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This honest memoir of Apple innovator Steve Wozniak's life runs from a childhood spent discovering how things work to his breakthrough: building the first affordable computer with a keyboard and monitor. Written in an unconventional, first-person style, this autobiography is chatty, and sounds almost childlike. "Woz" tells stories of pranks he played, people who influenced him and the inventions he created. The first half of the book covers his life before Apple, and the second half tells of Apple’s birth as a company, and his life during and after Apple. getAbstract recommends this personal visit with Woz to those with an interest in the history of technology and, in particular, the Apple-seed that gave birth to the Mac.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Steve Wozniak became an engineering phenomenon
  • How he grew from an amateur electronics hobbyist to the inventor of Apple's first computers
  • How he has managed to enjoy himself throughout his career


Born to Be an Engineer
Steve Wozniak credits his father, Jerry, an engineer who held a secretive job at Lockheed's missile program, with teaching him about electronics when he was as young as four. One of Steve's earliest memories is a weekend visit to his father's office where Jerry let...
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About the Authors

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computers, designed the Apple I and II, and was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 2000. Gina Smith, an award-winning journalist, wrote The Genomics Age: How DNA Technology Is Transforming the Way We Live and Who We Are.

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