Steve Jobs kept much of his private life a secret, his private life was never really in the limelight, that is until now. Walter Isaacson, the writer behind iSteve The Book Of Jobs, the only official biography of Steve jobs has revealed some deep secrets of the man himself, Steve Jobs.
One of the many things that are interesting in the biography of Steve Jobs is his relationship with not only people but also other products.
Steve Jobs On Android
Steve Jobs heavily criticized Android operating system saying he would spend his last breath destroying Android because it was a copy of iOS operating system. He accused Google of “grand theft”.
“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,” Jobs said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
Jobs told Walter Isaacson that he was very angry when HTC introduced a new phone based on Android in January 2011 that featured many of the iPhone’s touch and other popular features. Apple later sued Google. Steve Jobs was not interested in settling the lawsuit, in a meeting with Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google at that time) he told him:
“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.” The meeting, Isaacson wrote, resolved nothing.
Steve Jobs On Bill Gates
Steve’s long time partner and industry enemy Bill Gates were not that friendly with each other at all. Both of these tech giants had some acrid words for each other. Steve Jobs said that Bill Gates is unimaginative and did not really invent anything, he just copied other people’s ideas.
“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.”
Neither did Bill Gates have any good words for Steve Jobs. This is what Bill Gates had to say about Steve Jobs.
“He really never knew much about technology, but he had an amazing instinct for what works.”
Steve Job’s Biological Father
Steve Jobs before his death met his father a couple of times and he never really liked him. He was always skeptical about his biological father who is a Syrian born and has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin.
Walter Isaacson mentions Steve Jobs father in his book
“I had been to that restaurant [That his biological father had owned] a few times, and I remember meeting the owner. He was Syrian. Balding. We shook hands.” Later Steve said, ” “I was a wealthy man by then, and I didn’t trust him not to try to blackmail me or go to the press about it.”
Steve Jobs biological father - Abdulfattah John Jandali
Steve Jobs didn’t like what he learned about his father
“When I was looking for my biological mother, obviously, you know, I was looking for my biological father at the same time, and I learned a little bit about him and I didn’t like what I learned. I asked her to not tell him that we ever met…not tell him anything about me.”
Steve Jobs On President Barack Obama
Steve Jobs not only criticized Obama but also mentioned that he would help him in his 2012 election campaign. The critisizm president Obama received from Jobs was that he was for a one-term presidency.
“You’re headed for a one-term presidency,” he told Obama at the start of their meeting, insisting that the administration needed to be more business-friendly. As an example, Jobs described the ease with which companies can build factories in China compared to the United States, where “regulations and unnecessary costs” make it difficult for them.
Regarding the 2012 presidency campaign, Jobs offered Obama that he would create political ad campaigns, just like what “morning in America” ads did for Ronald Reagan.
Jobs even offered to help create Obama’s political ads for the 2012 campaign. “He had made the same offer in 2008, but he’d become annoyed when Obama’s strategist David Axelrod wasn’t totally deferential,” writes Isaacson.
Steve Jobs On US Education System
Jobs said that the US education system was “crippled” and it had no hope for competing with the rest of the world, especially with China.
Jobs also criticized America’s education system, saying it was “crippled by union work rules,” noted Isaacson. “Until the teachers’ unions were broken, there was almost no hope for education reform.” Jobs proposed allowing principals to hire and fire teachers based on merit, that schools stay open until 6 p.m. and that they be open 11 months a year.
Overall Steve Jobs lead a very skeptical life, and was what you might call a “perfectionist”. Steve Jobs cared more about his products then did about money, even before death he spend every hour working for Apple. The next four years worth of products have been approved by Steve Jobs so you can imagine how diligent person Jobs was.
More on his personal life will be coming soon, so stay tuned to Maypalo.