LOS GATOS (CBS 5) — Steve Wozniak, who started Apple in a Silicon Valley garage with Steve Jobs in 1976, told CBS 5 that he would miss his fellow co-founder and long-time friend “as much as everyone.”

“We’ve lost something we won’t get back. The way I see it, though, the way people love products (that) he put so much into creating means he brought a lot of life to the world,” Wozniak said.

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Wozniak spoke with CBS 5 in an interview at his Los Gatos home following Jobs’ death on Wednesday at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Apple announced in January that Jobs would be taking an indeterminate medical leave of absence from the company. Jobs then stepped down as chief executive in late August, citing an inability to “meet my duties and expectations,” stemming from his illness.

Wozniak, a high school friend of Jobs’, last saw him about three months ago, shortly after Jobs emerged from the medical leave to unveil Apple’s iCloud content syncing service and the latest version of its iOS mobile software.

At the time, Wozniak said Jobs looked ill and sounded weak. He added that Jobs seemed troubled when he talked about his health.

“Steve spoke to me of the illness… as something that really did bother him, that he did not like the fact that he had been close to death, and sort of survived,” Wozniak explained.

“It kind of surprised me,” said Wozniak. “He’s got a logical mind that understands, you know, as he is quoted as saying, that death is really an affirmation of life as part of the circle, and once you have a healthy thinking like that, you aren’t necessarily bothered by that. But he spoke like he was very bothered by it.”

(Copyright 2011 CBS San Francisco. All rights reserved.)


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