Bill Fernandez
EducationHomestead High School
Known forApple Inc. employee #4 who first introduced Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak; a member of the Apple Macintosh development team

Bill Fernandez is a user-interface architect and innovator who was Apple Computer's first full time employee when they incorporated in 1977 and was issued badge number 4. He is the son of Jeryy Fernandez and Bambi Fernandez (both Stanford University graduates).[1] He is credited with introducing fellow Homestead High School student Steve Jobs to his friend (and Homestead alumni) Steve Wozniak[2] and developing schematics for the Apple II so the computer could be mass produced.

Career at Apple

Fernandez worked on the Cream Soda Computer with Steve Wozniak in 1971, the first computer designed by Wozniak and built using spare parts from Wozniak's job.[3] He would later join Apple and work on both the Apple I and Apple II personal computers, and in the 1980s was a member of the Apple Macintosh development team. He contributed to several user interface aspects of the classic Mac OS, QuickTime and HyperCard and owns a user interface patent granted in 1994. He was laid off from Apple in 1993.[1]

Popular culture


  1. ^ a b Jason Hiner (December 5, 2014). "Apple's first employee: The remarkable odyssey of Bill Fernandez". TechRepublic.
  2. ^ Forbes Magazine (2000). "Forbes Magazine". Great Garages. Forbes. Retrieved 2012-07-28.
  3. ^ "June 14, 1971: The First Woz-Built Computer Catches Fire - AppleMatters". Retrieved 2021-01-12.
  4. ^ Steve Jobs: One Last Thing (TV Movie 2011) - IMDb, retrieved 2021-01-12
  5. ^ Assar, Vijith (August 16, 2013). "'Early Apple Employees Talk Memories of Steve Jobs, New Movie". Slashdot. Slashdot. Archived from the original on August 18, 2013.