Woz: “The Tablet Is For The Normal People”
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, speaking at the Storage Networking World in Santa Clara, California:
The tablet is not necessarily for the people in this room,” Wozniak told the audience of enterprise storage engineers. “It’s for the normal people in the world,” Wozniak said.
“I think Steve Jobs had that intention from the day we started Apple, but it was just hard to get there, because we had to go through a lot of steps where you connected to things, and (eventually) computers grew up to where they could do … normal consumer appliance things,” Wozniak said.
The roots of the iPad can be easily found in the first Macintosh, “the computer for the rest of us”. I have no doubt Steve Jobs thought from the beginning that, someday, a single screen to hold in our hands would become many people’s standard way of using a “computer”. This is happening now – almost 30 years later – thanks to technological and engineering advancements.
And if you think that the concept of the iPad as we know it came years before the iPhone – it makes you wonder what the next 10 years are going to be like.