Steve Jobs Biography: Revelations and excerpts
As the much anticipated Steve Jobs autobiography hits Amazon and stores, a series of revealing excerpts from the book has already been made public. From his thoughts on Google Android to Microsoft's Bill Gates, here’s a sample of what to expect from the book about Steve
After the sad passing of the former Apple CEO, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography written by Walter Isaacson is set to give Apple fans and those intrigued by one of the most influential men in modern history an insight into the man behind the Apple iPod.
From Barack Obama to Stephen Fry, in recent weeks many have spoken of their time in the company of Jobs. Today marks the launch of his authorised autobiography and here's what's made it out of the book before you've had a chance to buy it.
Steve Jobs on Google Android
When HTC launched the T-Mobile G1, the first smartphone to run on Google Android, what came next was a series of messy litigation between Apple and Google. In his book, Jobs reveals what he made of the platform and hardware that he felt had stolen ideas from the iPhone-based technology saying: “I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.
Steve Jobs on Eric Schmidt
Subsequently Jobs fell betrayed by Google's Eric Schmidt a man who previously sat on Apple's board, accusing the company of "grand theft" and in a meeting at a cafe in Palo Alto, California, Jobs told Schmidt how he felt about the lawsuit Apple had filed against Google: “I don’t want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won’t want it. I’ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want.”
Steve Jobs on Bill Gates
The rivalry between Apple and Microsoft is a well documented one, so it will come as no surprise that the complex relationship between Jobs and Gates which began in the late 1970's is touched on during the book: "He'd be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger." Jobs also goes on to say, "He really never knew much about technology, but he had an amazing instinct for what works." Jobs also had some words to say about Gates after his time with Microsoft saying, "Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he's more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology. He just shamelessly ripped off other people's ideas."
Steve Jobs on Apple TV
Could a television packed with iOS be next on the Apple agenda? An Apple HDTV has been rumoured before, but comments in Jobs' book may give the clearest indictation that it could soon become reality. On the subject of the Apple TV Jobs said, ‘I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use,’ adding, ‘It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud.’ No longer would users have to fiddle with complex remotes for DVD players and cable channels. ‘It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it."
Steve Jobs on meeting Barack Obama
With a reputation of being a prickly character to work for, Jobs even had some harsh words for US President Barack Obama. Fed up with Obama's approach to big business, Jobs told the man in the White House “You’re headed for a one-term presidency,” in a meeting back in 2010.
Interestingly, Jobs almost missed the meeting with Obama due to the fact that the President had not personally invited him. His wife told him that Obama "was really psyched to meet with you," and after a five day stand off, they finally met at the Westin San Francisco Airport.
Steve Jobs on ‘that’ turtleneck jumper
From showing off the iPad to the iPhone 4, you could not separate the man from his iconic item of clothing. But why did he love wearing the black turtleneck jumper? Jobs revealed, "Sony, with its appreciation for style, had gotten the famous designer Issey Miyake to create its uniform. It was a jacket made of rip-stop nylon with sleeves that could unzip to make it a vest. So Jobs called Issey Miyake and asked him to design a vest for Apple, Jobs recalled, "I came back with some samples and told everyone it would great if we would all wear these vests. Oh man, did I get booed off the stage. Everybody hated the idea."
Jobs added, "So I asked Issey to make me some of his black turtlenecks that I liked, and he made me like a hundred of them." Jobs noticed my surprise when he told this story, so he showed them stacked up in the closet. "That's what I wear," he said. "I have enough to last for the rest of my life."
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