Walter Isaacson's highly anticipated biography on the life of the late Steve Jobs has revealed a variety of secrets told to him by the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Apple Inc., in over 40 interviews. The biography, which is set to hit bookshelves on Monday, has already reached the media who have revealed some of Jobs' secrets, as stated in the book.
Here are five of the many revelations made by the media.
Steve Jobs was diagnosed with a rare type of operable pancreatic cancer in Oct. 2003. However, he delayed having a surgery for nine months and, instead, adopted a vegan diet and tried other forms of therapies. Later, Jobs told Isaacson, with regret in his voice, that he did not want his body to be opened up and hence tried to alternative forms of treatments. That interview happened for an hour and Isaacson later said that Jobs had regretted his decision to delay the operation.
The former Apple CEO was very clear in showing minimal respect for Bill Gates and said that Gates was unimaginative and had never invented anything. He further added that he felt Gates was more into philanthropy than technology and shamelessly ripped off other people's ideas.
Jobs always harbored an undercurrent of anger towards Google's Android technology and felt cheated when HTC released an Android phone that impersonated many of the iPhone's trendy features. This was followed by Apple suing Google. Jobs even pledged to right this wrong, even if it meant spending his entire life and spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion in the bank. He said that he would destroy Android as it was a stolen product and was even willing to wage a thermonuclear war. He was just furious about how Google's Eric Schmidt was copying Apple's ideas.
When Jobs was a young man, he thought that he may not live long enough to see old age and he confessed this thought privately to John Sculley, Apple's former CEO, who fired Jobs in 1985. He added that he had to accomplish a lot of things while he was still young.
When Jobs met President Obama in the fall of 2010, he told Obama that he was heading for a one-term presidency and insisted that the current administration needed to be more business-minded. Jobs even offered to help create political ads for Obama, back in 2008, which would be on par with Reagan's celebrated morning in America spots. However, his ideas later clashed with those of Obama's chief strategist, David Axelrod.