During a recent interview with Bloomberg, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, unquestionably the brains behind Apple's early designs, poured a bit of cold water on the heralded story of Apple's garage beginnings.
The garage is a bit of a myth. We did no designs there, no breadboarding, no prototyping, no planning of products. We did no manufacturing there. The garage didn't serve much purpose, except it was something for us to feel was our home. We had no money. You have to work out of your home when you have no money.
If that's the case, then where was work on the Apple I done? Well, according to Woz, much of it was done during his time at Hewlett Packard.
The work was being done—soldering things together, putting the chips together, designing them, drawing them on drafting tables—at my cubicle at Hewlett-Packard in Cupertino. That was an incredible time. It let me do a lot of side projects, and it was five years to the summer of ’75, when I built the Apple computer, the first one. The next summer I built the Apple II computer.