Wozniak says Jobs film got it wrong


Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak said Friday that a new film about the late Steve Jobs is factually “wrong,” judging by a recently released clip of the movie.

Wozniak, who quit Apple in 1987 after 12 years, said a scene depicted in the clip from “jOBS,” which was set to debut at the Sundance Film Festival later in the day, had no basis in reality.

“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,” he told the tech blog Gizmodo.

“The ideas of computers affecting society did not come from Jobs. They inspired me and were widely spoken at the Homebrew Computer Club,” he added, referring to the group of enthusiasts to which they belonged.

The film, one of two about the iconic Apple leader who died in 2011, is due for full release in the United States in April. Another movie is being made from the biography written by Walter Isaacson, which was published shortly after Jobs’ death.

“Steve came back from Oregon and came to a club meeting and didn’t start talking about this great social impact,” said Wozniak, referring to a period in the 1970s before Silicon Valley rose to prominence.

“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,” said the famously geeky-looking cofounder.

But he stressed that inaccuracies in one clip don’t necessarily mean the entire film is bad.

“The movie should be very popular and I hope it’s entertaining. It may be very correct, as well. This is only one clip. But you’ll see the direction they are slanting the movie in, just by the dialogue style of this script,” he said.

“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.”