Steve Jobs biography finally published: more than 650 pages based on over 40 personal interviews

Steve Jobs biography finally published: more than 650 pages based on over 40 personal interviews
Steve Jobs’ passing wasn’t really unexpected - Apple’s chief executive fought a long battle with cancer, but nonetheless it was shocking and still is. It was shocking not just because Steve was a manager, a family man, but mostly because he was a visionary. He wasn't a geek in the narrow sense of the word – he'd rather manage to unite the arts and technology.

His spiritual journey began early when he got interested in Buddhism, and it would later reflect in the products we will all remember him – the Macs, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. With many ups and downs, now everyone wants to understand what drove this innovation, this unique capacity to keep focused on a mission, to make notice of even the tiniest details. 

Written by Walter Isaacson, former CNN chairman and a managing editor of Time magazine, the official Steve Jobs biography has finally been published and it might be the best answer to all those questions.

The biographer has conducted more than 40 personal interviews over two years to form a full impression about Jobs as a manager, an innovator and a person, but while the iCEO cooperated he reportedly didn't dictate what should or should not be written. The book covers everything you'd want to read about starting from the Android – iOS conflict, going through Jobs' personal life and ending with his opinion about Bill Gates.

The book also looks at how Jobs has revolutionized six industries: computers, animation, music, phones, tablets and e-publishing. 



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62. cr8tive007

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I vote and suggest that no one respond anymore to TACO... the guy is an argumentative idiot that isn't open minded and we are all better off to boycott him. Like a kid who misbehaves to get attention. That's our TACO. So do I have a second?

49. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I am genuinely interested in reading this book. I wonder if it's the one where Jobs said he'd go all Captain Ahab on Android?

51. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

This book will be a great read whether you like Steve Jobs or not. Hopefully it clears up your misconceptions of him.

57. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Or maybe it'll confirm my conceptions of him. What do you think my overall opinion of Jobs is, Taco?

64. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You think he was an awful person who promoted sweatshops in foxconn and tries to screw people out of money, inventions etc.

65. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

See? You only listen to about 30 percent of what I say. I think Jobs was brilliant, a master businessman who had a great eye for what would sell and what wouldn't. He probably had good technical skills too, though much of what I've read so far indicates many of his projects involved him being a mastermind and getting others to do the actual physical labor stuff. He had a great concept in trying to blend art and technology in his products, and he had a fantastic drive to succeed. Now, like many geniuses, Jobs had a dark side. I'm not fond of his silence on Foxconn and its sweatshops, mainly because with all of its money and power Jobs should've been able to exert some influence over their treatment of workers. But that's not the worst of it. Under Jobs Apple as a company sought to control EVERYTHING, as indicated by 1) trying to sue Android off the market, 2) completely locking down iOS, and 3) trying to get the US government to declare jailbreaking a felony violation of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, which would hold consequences of prison time and fines for any "perpetrators" convicted under the law. After the launch of the iPhone, it seemed that Jobs and Apple forgot the "free" part of the "free market" and sought to lock everyone else out of it. Also, their dismal treatment of third party retailers, i.e. screwing the retailers out of any meaningful revenue for selling their devices, is utterly disrespectful of the role those retailers play in getting Apple their money. Many accounts of Jobs on a personal level paint him as abrasive, abusive, a terror to work for. I recognize Jobs as fully HUMAN, a flawed genius whose psyche was damaged by his abandonment as a baby by his biological parents and the intellectual coddling he received by his adoptive parents, which fed into his inability to relate to others on a normal level. I view acts like his refusal to acknowledge he fathered a child for years and his deception and swindling of Wozniak over his Atari job to be despicable, but I cannot deny that the guy had a rare mind which produced many good things, and could have produced many more had factors in his life been different. In other words, you can't pigeonhole my view of Steve Jobs. Why? It's far more complex and conflicted than you have understood so far. I wish I could tell you whether I thought he was definitely a good or bad man, but the truth is that he was pretty evenly split down the middle. And he probably will remain that way for a fair while yet, if not for the rest of my life.

66. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

those with the brightest ideas often hide the darkest of minds.

44. cr8tive007

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

thats not the point... as much as he has accomplished, he also destroyed the lives of thousands of people, livelihoods, families all in the name of accomplishments? You clearly live on a material plane where you value material things to equal who your are and you status in this world. Awaken my friend and let go of your tunnel vision... it's not what you do in this world, it's how you go about it.

48. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

And you're doing nothing

18. cr8tive007

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Steve Jobs was an idiot, pretty much killed himself with his ego and "my body is a temple and shalt not be opened" and "I am above the rest". The guy treated people terribly, fired those guys who lived at the office night and day to finish an impossible code writing job that he instructed, just to tell them it was crap, then fired all of them, then used the code to start the successful cpu desktop model of mac 2. Only an egotistical ass would be so inhumane. Treated waiters and waitresses like crap. I'm glad the guy died. He is probably in hell where he belongs.

24. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

and yet these Apple fanboys sees jobs as a god.. what an a$$..

43. cr8tive007

Posts: 53; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

sad i know

42. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

And he's accomplished so much more than you ever will.

12. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Wow trolling a Steve Jobs article. Fandroid trolls reaching for new lows.

60. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

like you taco50

7. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

why do thousands of people can't move on with steve's death? while thousands of children are dying in africa and some parts of asia, these people don't even care.. what a world..

8. JeffdaBeat unregistered

The real question is what are you doing to fight world hunger other than post on a site about cell phones? I'm not saying you're not active, but before you say what "people" are doing, I'd like to know what you're doing to fight those things as well...

9. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

That's not the real question because that's not the point. The point is why do these Apple fans can't move on with 1 person's death so bad that they almost wanna live in Job's grave, while theres a lot more important things going on. Thousands of people are dying everyday because of poverty and yet they care more on Job's death. Do you realize this? Or you're being blinded and brainwashed by Apple as well? Think again.

11. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

No that's a great question. What are you doing to stop those kids deaths? Did you see btw that about 50% of VZW LTE sales were mobile broadband last quarter. Idiot.

17. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

ohh hey there taco how ya doing? ohh about the LTE sales? we are referring about the article right? the one you researched wasnt mentioned in the article and the article is only talking about VZW smartphone sales for Q3. its not my fault neither yours'.. its the authors fault.. and you just can't get over it, cant you?

19. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It was talking about their Q3 announcement. You assumed, as fandroid do, that all 1.4 million LTE sales were smartphones. When I pointed out those sales included mobile broadband. You threw a hissy fit and called me an idiot. I then linked to VZW transcript where they said bout half those sales were mobile broadband as I pointed out. Now you backpedal. It's not your fault? Well maybe not up until it was pointed out to you and then you acted like a moron.

21. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

alright here we go again taco, it says on the article that they sold 5.6 Million "SMARTPHONES", 2 million of them are iPhones (which are "SMARTPHONES") and 1.4 LTE devices (why would they include broadband sales if it says "SMARTPHONES"?). heres what the article said: 'For starters, Verizon sold 5.6 million smartphones in this trimester with an impressive 2 million of them being the iPhone 4. Also 1.4 million LTE devices were sold and that's a big part of why carrier's profits are up on surging revenue from data.' now you came up with a link that says 1.4 million LTE devices include broadbands where it wasnt really mentioned in the article here in PA.. you acted like you're stupid even though it clearly said on the article that its all about smartphones.. you just couldnt resist for being an a$$ when it comes to Apple vs Android huh?

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

alright, to be fair, PA doesnt always reiterate the news completely. Many times, important little tidbits are left out either by accident, or to keep the flames alive in the fanboys. Much like that article that incorrectly stated how many android users were willing to move to iOS when the new phone came out, that taco consistently misquotes. If the actual link to the original article said both aircards and smartphones, then it was probably a mistake by PA and taco is right. If it didnt, then taco is wrong.

28. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

all I know is taco is an a$$hole.. and a douchebag.. that's all..

32. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

I already admitted that taco is right when he showed the original article but we're talking about the PA article which clearly states my point.. sighhhh, i just can't figure out these people blinded by Apple...

35. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

What does this have to do with Apple?

37. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

coz you're an iSheep and you'll do anything to defend apple... even if it means you'll sound and look stupid on your posts..

27. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It didn't say that in the article. It said 5.6 million smartphones were sold. It also said 1.4 million LTE devices. I pointed out to you it said LTE Devices not smartphones at which point you said I was an idiot. A smart person would at least check into it before coming to a conclusion

29. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

come on taco, it clearly means that the 1.4 million LTE devices is a part of the 5.6 million smartphone sales.. why can't your little brain understand that?

36. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Clearly it didn't mean that

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