Steve Jobs Was Scared of Android – “I’m Going to Destroy Android”
The man we loved to hate but secretly respected and revered – was also the man behind one of the most valuable tech companies in the world. There is no doubt that the death of Steve Jobs brought sorrow to the Apple community, as well as fans who believed that he was a modern “da Vinci”. However, the visionary seemed to have quite a dark side.
Recent reports from ZDNet indicate that Steve Jobs had an inner hatred towards the Android franchise and would do anything to destroy it. But really – was it stealing, or a new imagination that wanted to change the way of mobile thinking.
An excerpt from Walter Isaacson’s biography of the tech guru explains,
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank [at the time … this has grown massively since], to right this wrong. I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
Would Steve really have gone this far for an evolved product? Yes, it seems that Android OS has taken some ideas for iOS, however, Apple has also been guilty of the same practice as well. It can safely be said that both have taken elements from one another and reconstructed them in the ways they deemed best so they can more user friendly, as well as feature packed.
Simple ideas such as pinching zoom, easy contact access, and mobile web redesigning should not be fought over. Maybe Steve Jobs should have pursued iPhone clones instead of a revamped system, because it seems he had these thoughts due to the reasoning and statistics that Android would outsell his beloved product.
Check the differences as well as similarities for yourself in our VS article of “Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich vs Apple iOS 5”. Without a doubt – the memory of Steve Job’s hate towards Android will not be forgotten by Apple’s ever-ambitious legal team. What do you guys and gals think? Do you think Steve was right or wrong? Leave your comments!
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