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.
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.
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.
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