The newly anticipated biography by Walter Isaacson, on the legendary Steve Jobs, just hit the shelves this week to give us a better insight on the man who made Apple what it is today.
In the biography Jobs was quoted to have said that the Android’s use of Apple’s ideas were what he considered to be “grand theft” and that he was “willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
There was no secret to the fact that Jobs in fact had a dislike for the Android operation systems, but the extent of this dislike was unknown until this surfaced. Isaacson tapped into Steve Jobs thoughts on this topic and what resulted was that Jobs felt that Android’s use of Apple’s iPad and iPhone to create their competition was what he considered “grand theft.” He went as far to say that “thermonuclear war” was a feasible resolution and that he would even be willing to lose money in order to destroy the Android: “I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the ban to right this wrong.”
His objective, as he told Google Chairman Eric Schmidt (then CEO), that he would not settle for monetary benefits since Jobs felt he had “plenty of money,” but instead was to make Android stop using Apple’s ideas. Although Jobs stated this differently to the writer of his biography: “I’m going to destroy Android because it’s a stolen product.” He believed that by the creation of the Android, they were breaching intellectual property because Android was marginalizing Apple’s iPhone and iPad products. It will be interesting to see how Android responds to these claims.
This biography titled “Steve Jobs” has come only a few weeks after he passed away from pancreatic cancer at the age of 56 on October 5th. Although, Apple’s lawsuits against everything Android still continues.