Steve Wozniak recalls his friend, Steve Jobs
Steve Wozniak, who helped Steve Jobs found Apple in 1976, says 'he brought a lot of life to the world.'
In Pictures Remembering Steve Jobs
Subscribe Today to the Monitor
The two built and marketed the first personal computer to generate color graphics, the Apple II. Jobs would go on to become the showman and the mastermind behind revolutionary products such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad.
Although the two didn't stay as close through the decades, they remained in touch.
RECOMMENDED: Tributes to Jobs – five top tweets
Wozniak was among millions mourning Jobs' death on Wednesday at 56.
"We've lost something we won't get back," Wozniak said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. "The way I see it, though, the way people love products he put so much into creating means he brought a lot of life to the world."
Wozniak wiped away tears in a separate AP video interview.
Jobs "gets a reputation for being a strong leader and for being brash. But to me he was always so kind, such a good friend," he said.
Wozniak, five years older than Jobs, first met him when Jobs was still in high school. Early on, the two experimented with technology in a mischievous way: by building so-called "blue boxes" that emits tones at the right frequencies to trick phones into allowing users to make free calls anywhere in the world.
The two were also active in the Homebrew Computer Club, a group of computer hobbyists, where Wozniak's homemade computer drew attention from other enthusiasts. That computer piqued Jobs' interest as something with potential far beyond the geeky hobbyists of the time.
The pair started Apple Computer Inc. in the garage of Jobs' parents in 1976 (a rarely-mentioned third co-founder, Ronald Wayne, left shortly after its creation). According to Wozniak, Jobs suggested the name after visiting an "apple orchard" that Wozniak said was actually a commune.
Wozniak and Jobs both left Apple in 1985. In Jobs' case, it followed a clash with then-CEO John Sculley. Jobs resigned his post as chairman of the board and left Apple after being pushed out of his role leading the Macintosh team.