There are some things that are cool just because they’re cool. One of the coolest things in my Apple life is the ritual of The Woz, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, standing in line outside an Apple Store to be one of the first to get his hands on the latest Apple gadget on release day. He’s doing it again for the new iPad release.
Wozniak could have a new iPad from Apple (probably in advance) just by asking for it, yet he continues to show that he’s not “better” than the rest of us by standing in line at each launch.
What’s Tendings Shira Lazar with the exclusive:
It has become a tradition to find Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak waiting first in line for the next big Apple product. Tonight, was no different as Wozniak checked in on Foursquare at the Westfield Mall in Century City, California. The new tablet is available for pre-order and in stores at 8 am Friday, March 16.
We decided to head to the mall for an impromptu video interview with Wozniak where he shared his thoughts on the new iPad, his continued excitement over Apple products and his reaction to the projects that Apple will possibly grow to a trillion dollar tech company. Woz also touches on Steve Jobs passing and the legacy of his products.
Wozniak: “My wife was the first, I was the second. We came at about noon. We’re used to Northern California where the stores lines start early.”
On the tradition of waiting in line at Apple stores:
“It’s become a ritual almost because I’ve done it so many times. It’s not something that I have to do. Nobody need to wait in line. You can pre-order… But I’d rather be there genuine like the real people. I want to be one of the people lined up and wait all night. Apple’s just that important to so many of us. You don’t live forever and I’m pushing it.”
Does he still get as excited about products as when you first began the company?
“No that was a little different that was like you were creating new stuff. But getting new stuff in your hand and trying them out it’s the biggest thing of my life. New gadgets of all kinds.”
For Woz’s thoughts on the new iPad, Apple possibly becoming a trillion dollar company, and his thoughts on Steve Jobs’ legacy, visit What’s Trending at the link above.