Steve Jobs' authorized biography is on sale now, but if you are interested in a handy cheat sheet, here are 10 things you need to know from the book. Jobs was not only a tech guru, he was a celebrity. Of course he had friends in high places, but it turns out he was also friends with a certain newspaper mogul named Rupert Murdoch.
Jobs was also a bona-fide liberal, and that made his friendship with the conservative Murdoch all the more interesting. Jobs had worked with Murdoch on the design of The Daily, an iPad-only newspaper, and they got along quite well. So well, Jobs even invited Murdoch to dinner at his home. Jobs felt so comfortable with Murdoch, Jobs even told him he was blowing it with Fox News and that their programming was a destructive force in society.
Jobs was also a child of the 60's, so it's probably little wonder that he was a huge Beatles fan. But, he also loved Bob Dylan, and the book revealed Jobs briefly collected concert bootlegs by Dylan from his acoustic years before 1967.
Apple makes plenty of tech gadgets, but Walter Isaacson's book revealed Jobs wanted to even create an Apple television, quoting Jobs as having said, it will have the simplest user interface you could imagine.
Jobs was well known to be involved in the creation of Apple products, down to the shape and size of the external buttons, but many believed it would be hard for Apple to innovate without their creative leader. It turns out there are plenty of products Jobs was helping out on before he died. Apple's head of industrial design told Isaacosn, The great room is the one place in the company where you can look around and see everything we have in the works. When Steve comes in, he will sit at one of these tables. If we're working on a new iPhone, for example, he might grab a stool and start playing with different models and feeling them in his hands, remarking on which ones he likes best. Then he will graze by the other tables, just him and me, to see where all the other products are heading... Looking at the models on these tables, he can see the future for the next three years.
Obviously, Jobs was not shy about his opinions, and given his celebrity status, it should come as no surpirse he had a chance to dine with the president. Jobs had made a list of people who he thought Obama should meet with regarding innovation. At the dinner, Jobs clained the president only would talk about things he couldn't do, which infuriated Jobs.
Jobs didn't like what the presedent said, but he also didn't like what his doctors said. Understandable when facing cancer surgery, but Jobs put surgery off to try alternative medicine. He waited several months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, and by then the tumor was larger and may have spread. He wasn't all defiant though. The book portrays Jobs as a caretaker as well, reportedly telling Apple CEO Tim Cook not to ask what Jobs would do in a given situarion. Instead, Jobs suggested Cook do what was right.
But Jobs did think he was special, according to the book. He even drove around without a license plate on his Mercedes because he thought the rules didn't apply to him. Ever wonder why Jobs wore black turtlenecks? He was inspired by Sony factory workers' uniforms and wanted Apple workers to wear a vest as a uniform. So he created a uniform for himself instead.
The last thing you should know about Jobs, is that NMA, the Taiwanese television station famous for making cartoon dramatizations of various news events, has taken on the Steve Jobs book release. It's too insane for words; the cartoon shows him dropping acid with Bill Gates. Watch it below.
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