Steve Jobs Biography: 5 Tidbits You Need To Read

Some tantalizing leaks from the authorized autobiography reveal Jobs' views about Google, Microsoft and even President Obama

Did you know that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs hated Android, Google's mobile operating system? I mean, really, really hated Android. How about the fact that the Apple II's design was inspired by a kitchen appliance and that Jobs never truly respected Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates as an innovator?  That's just a taste of some of the interesting things about Jobs that are packed into the book Steve Jobs by noted biographer Walter Isaacson.

The authorized biography doesn't go on sale until October 24, but several news outlets, including the Associated Press and The Huffington Post, obtained copies of the book a little early. In separate reports, each outlet dishes on Jobs' views about Google, Microsoft, illness, health and even President Obama. Steve Jobs died on October 5.

Here's a look at five (mostly) tech-related tidbits from these fascinating previews.

Android Thermonuclear War

We've heard before about how Steve Jobs purportedly felt betrayed by Google over Android and believed the search giant was trying to kill the iPhone with its mobile OS. But Jobs made his feelings about Android clearer to Isaacon, saying he was "willing to go thermonuclear war" against Google over Android, according to the Huffington Post. Jobs also referred to Android as "grand theft" of Apple's iPhone and was purportedly willing to spend every last dime of Apple's $40 billion cash reserves to get rid of Android.

Apple is currently engaged in several court battles with Android smartphone manufacturers including HTC, Motorola, and Samsung. The iPhone maker has so far not sued Google directly over Android.

Inspired by Cuisinart

The Apple II, first released in 1977, is considered one of the most important PCs in history hailed largely for its innovative design. Apple's first major hit was designed to look appealing when sitting on your desk as opposed to the common look for computers of that time, such as a sheet metal casing and exposed wires everywhere.

Despite its flashy appearance, the Apple II wasn't always meant to be a looker.  Originally, the device was going to include a plexiglass cover and a roll-top door, according to the AP's report. But after a trip to a department store where Jobs saw a Cuisinart food processor, the Apple co-founder was inspired to use molded plastic for the Apple II's casing instead of metal.

Mourned HP

It has been recounted on several occasions how Jobs was inspired by Hewlett-Packard. He even worked for HP as a summer employee and, at the age of 12, phoned HP co-founder Bill Hewlett at home for some help on a school project. So it perhaps comes as no surprise that Jobs did not take any pleasure in the computer maker's failure with its TouchPad tablet.  Jobs reportedly told Isaacson that HP was once a great company that was now being picked apart and destroyed.

The Gates Opinion

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates grew to respect Jobs. In 2007, during a joint interview with the Apple chief at the D5 conference Gates commended Jobs for creating the first mass market PC, the Apple II.

Jobs, on the other hand, didn't return the favor. In Isaacson's book, Jobs called Gates "unimaginative" and someone who "shamelessly ripped off other people's ideas," according to the Huffington Post. Jobs even said Gates was more comfortable in philanthropy, because of his lack of imagination. Ouch.

Jobs To Obama: Let Me Sell You

Apple is often admired for its advertising campaigns, and Jobs apparently offered to lend his marketing genius to President Obama by creating ads for his 2012 re-election campaign. The Apple chief made the same offer to the Obama campaign in 2008, but the partnership led nowhere after friction developed between Jobs and Obama's then-chief strategist David Axelrod.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for $18 and tops each store's bestsellers lists. CBS' 60 minutes will broadcast an interview with Isaacson about Jobs on Sunday.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Microsoftbusiness issuesGoogleApplesteve jobspersonnelapple iphoneapple ipadcompany news

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Ian Paul

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?