Steve Jobs hid iPad development from board member and competitor Eric Schmidt

Steve Jobs hid iPad development from board member and competitor Eric Schmidt
Back when Apple was dominating the smartphone business, and Google was still a search company, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt sat on Apple's board of directors. But tensions began to mount when Google entered the smartphone arena with the Android operating system.

According to Steven Levy's In the Plex, a book about life at Apple, Steve Jobs was infuriated by the similarities between Android and iOS. He was so peeved, in fact, that he kept the original iPad's development a secret from Schmidt. And that's no small task, considering the scale of the iPad's development and launch.

The rapidly intensifying competition between Apple and Google drove Schmidt to resign from Apple's board of directors in August, 2009. And a short 6 months later, we had the original iPad.

Nilay Patel, a former Engadget editor, believes that Android's timeline is more complicated than it seems. When the T-Mobile G1 shipped in September, 2008, pinch to zoom wasn't available. And the HTC Nexus One didn't acquire the feature until February, 2010. But individual OEMs added the feature separately.

Patel believes that Apple may have threatened Google with a lawsuit over the multi-touch and pinch to zoom features, forcing them to remove them from the initial Android builds. If we had to guess, we would say that Eric Schmidt wanted to wait a while after his departure from Apple's board, to decrease the appearance that he was gleaning trade secrets from his time with Apple.

source: Business Insider via IntoMobile

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29 Comments

1. Super Android Evo unregistered

I love real life corporate soap operas. I love this type of inside scoop! They should strap boxing gloves and settle it gladiator style, to see who wins the battle of the behemoth corporations!

2. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

So...Jobs was pissed that Google, which was developing Android since 2005, came out with a similar concept to the iPhone? Corporate espionage wasn't necessary. Back when the original Corvette came out, one of Ford's execs came to the design team and said "you better get something like that together," upon which they revealed their concept for the Thunderbird.

4. Super Android Evo unregistered

lol Tell me about it, it's funny how all iOS fan boys always say that Android is a blatant rip off. lol, I still think they should duke it out though! ROUND 1...................... FIGHT!!

5. SomeGuy unregistered

I love how Android fan boys are so quick to bash on anything Apple.

6. Super Android Evo unregistered

lol Apple is such a chick phone. Everyone I know that has an Apple iPhone is a girl......... well except that guy at my job who bats from the other side. Nothing wrong with that, I am just saying! lol

8. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

I agree with you. There are official statistics showing that only women and girls use the iphone. Those guys lining up outside the Apple stores are getting their ipads and iphones for either their girlfriends, sisters, or moms, right? Lol. You are a smart android user :)

11. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

The fact is statistics don't lie: http://thisaintnews.com/view/picture/97587/Computer-Operating-System---Mental-Health-Link Nothing wrong with this of course!

13. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

You obviously haven't been on an android article. Its full of trolls. At least some Android fanboys know what they are talking about. Not saying that Apple fan boys are retarded, but lots of them on this site are. Seriously go on Appleinsider those guys at least know what they're talking about, and if you have any iPhone problems they are a great amount of help, thats where I got help Jail Breaking my iPod!

7. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

And Apple developed their iphone os in June of 2007 right? Lol. Just like Apple developed the ipad just last year, but google has been developing their tablet os many, many years ago. Just like google was already being developed many years before Apple came into existence, right? Lol. I'm sure google has alreafy developed their music store years before itunes. They just don't know when to release it, right? Lol.

12. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

No one claimed this your an idiot. FACT

18. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

As usual, Gemini, you completely misunderstand what I'm saying. I'm not saying that Apple ripped off of Android. I'm saying that contrary to iFanboys' opinions, Android is quite capable of offering similar solutions to Apple by doing their own work.

14. derp unregistered

2005 eh? so your saying its been 6 years and Android is still an unstable fragmented piece of shit? that sounds about right!

19. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Hi Derp. Let's break down your claims: "Unstable" by what metric? What do you mean when you say unstable? Do you even know? "Fragmented" Yes, there are very manufacturers who are allowed to do what they want with their hardware and software. Sometimes the results are good, sometimes they're bad. Some apparently don't work on some phones. But iOS is fragmented from the rest of the world. Also, problems with fragmentation are easily avoided by keeping to higher end phones, which are still priced at or below an iPhone. My DROID X, for example, runs well and can handle almost any app.

27. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

The INSPIRE or CAPTIVATE are excellent phones, too....stay away from those cheapy mid-level slower processors/less RAM android phones.

3. AppleFUD unregistered

Jobs said that the tablet was designed before the phone. . . . uh, so which is it Steve?

9. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Who cares? It's not like you like either one of them :)

15. AppleFUD unregistered

No seriously, i want to know. As you all know i cant think for myself, so i must use information from others to form a basis of my opinion. Any help would be appreciated! Hugs & Kisses!!!

10. IOS5 unregistered

@530gemini believe that hahahah

16. IOS5 unregistered

if you're fandroid you are pedo! If you're Ifan you are gay! Ok.. From today I'm Symbian fan boy:)

21. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

ohh crap Ive been spotted

22. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

WebOS for me!!

17. Mick Fooley unregistered

After reading the article, I'm convinced there are many Apple-loving metro's writing articles for this site.

20. female<3male unregistered

Who gives a rats ass who came up with it first, second, or last. Who cares if a homosexual, hetrosexual, metrosexual, uses the iphone or android phone. They are both good OS compared to BB or Win. Ios is just scared because android is the only system that's actually giving them competion. Where before they didn't have any.

23. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

Well I personally think WebOS is better than both, but no one backs that shit...

28. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Totally agree with you. WeBOS looks great and has great features. Too bad nobody's backing it or developing apps for it.

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