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Jobs bio writer insists CEO was genuinely angry over Android

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Thu April 5, 2012

Contests claim by Page that fury was 'for show'

Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson is challenging comments by Google CEO Larry Page, who recently claimed that Jobs' anger at Android was "for show,", according to Macworld. Isaacson spoke at the UK's Royal Institution on Wednesday night, and drew parallels between the Android situation and Apple's conflict with Microsoft in the 1980s. Isaacson remarked during his speech that Jobs believed in a closed product ecosystem, in which software and hardware are intertwined. Jobs was allegedly upset not only at Microsoft imitating the GUI used for Macs, but also for licensing out the interface "promiscuously" to companies like Dell and IBM. This helped to make Microsoft the dominant computer platform.

After Jobs returned from his exile from Apple, he successfully resumed the strategy of a closed system with products like the iPod and iPad. "But what happens? Google rips it off," Isaacson commented during his talk. "It's almost copied verbatim by Android. And then they license it around promiscuously. And then Android starts surpassing Apple in market share, and this totally infuriated him [Jobs]. It wasn't a matter of money. He said: 'You can't pay me off, I'm here to destroy you'."

Isaacson added that he doesn't think current Apple CEO Tim Cook will be as hostile as his predecessor. "Tim Cook will settle that lawsuit," the writer stated.

by MacNN Staff



  1. macnnoel

    Joined: Dec 1969




  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Admit you stole Google

    Google's CEO should just come out and admit, as previously stated by another classless CEO, "We are shameless about stealing great iDeas..."

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I believe Isaacson

    Now Page and his intimations with Jobs have lost ALL credibility. I too believe Jobs was genuinely angry. Just because he invited Page over doesn't mean he wasn't. Sometimes a person can be so angry they just have to let certain things go and talk about other things because it brings up nothing but BAD moods. I read that Jobs felt Schmidt betrayed him, and by follow up, Brin and Page too.

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Look at the year. 1994. That was pre-anything you see today.

    Do you have any idea what you're talking about?

  1. peter.c

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not on the same page...

    A pivotal thing that differentiated Job's personality was his aesthetic sense. Aesthetic sensibility is always a very personal thing with Creatives. The class of Creatives to which Jobs belonged, as a rule, regard their creations as an extension of their personality into the public sphere, and hence as a very personal expression.

    They hold and defend strong ownership over the ideas behind their efforts and products. Understanding this, it's perfectly rational for Jobs to sincerely mean what he said re Android and to see Page, if he's sincere in his comment, as completely missing it.

    For Jobs, copying iOS, was like stealing his child. Not understanding this shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the man, and says more about Page and Google than it does about Jobs and Apple.

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  1. Thecombinationis12345

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How quaint...

    A thief was upset about being robbed.

  1. chas_m



    Page is a liar

    and an idiot. Who's willing to defame the dead.

    Classy leader of your beloved spy agency, wrenchy. You sure can pick 'em.

    As for you, Thecombinations1: at least Jobs accomplished something in his life. As opposed to you.

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: How quaint...

    >>>A thief was upset about being robbed.

    That's actually really funny but oh so true.

  1. facebook_Pete

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    Actually ...

    if any of you read the book by walter issacson, Andy Rubin was in competition to develop an OS for the iPhone while another group was using OSX as the os for the iPhone . Steve Jobs dumped the os which was based Linux and Andy Rubin took that with him when he left Apple for Google. That Android was based on that very OS Andy Rubin took to Google. Thats why it was one of the reasons why Steve Job said it was a ripoff.

  1. DaJoNel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If you're a 12 year old. Steve Jobs died a hero to technology and innovation. You live a petty bigot.

    Sit down.

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