Steve Jobs: ‘I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product; I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this’

“‘Steve Jobs’ by Walter Isaacson, to be published Monday, says Jobs came up with the company’s name while he was on a diet of fruits and vegetables, and as a teenager perfected staring at people without blinking,” Rachel Metz, Barbara Ortutay and Jordan Robertson report for The Associated Press. “The Associated Press purchased a copy of the book Thursday.”

“The book also provides insight into the unraveling of Jobs’ relationship with Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google and an Apple board member from 2006 to 2009. Schmidt had quit Apple’s board as Google and Apple went head-to-head in smartphones, Apple with its iPhone and Google with its Android software,” Metz, Ortutay and Robertson report.

“Isaacson wrote that Jobs was livid in January 2010 when HTC introduced an Android phone that boasted many of the popular features of the iPhone. Apple sued, and Jobs told Isaacson in an expletive-laced rant that Google’s actions amounted to ‘grand theft,'” Metz, Ortutay and Robertson report. “‘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, to right this wrong,’ Jobs said. ‘I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.'”

“Jobs used an expletive to describe Android and Google Docs, Google’s Internet-based word processing program. In a subsequent meeting with Schmidt at a Palo Alto, Calif., cafe, Jobs told Schmidt that he wasn’t interested in settling the lawsuit, the book says,” Metz, Ortutay and Robertson report. “‘I don’t want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won’t want it. I’ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want.’ The meeting, Isaacson wrote, resolved nothing.”

Much, much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: No wonder Eric T. Mole crawled out of his hole so fast and on to TV talk shows immediately after Jobs’ passing to attempt to rewrite history and pretend to be Jobs’ friend. He must’ve had an idea this was coming soon.

Hopefully, Tim Cook will carry on Jobs’ fight for justice with the same determination!

MacDailyNews Note: Steve Jobs via Apple’s iBookstore (U.S.16.99) here: Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Wil” for the heads up.]

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    1. Cook said talked about Steve’s legacy… and doing everything basically as Steve would want it… future products 10 years from now… who knows…

      Legal department blasting Google… well, Apple has $B > Google in straight up cash… MSFT escaped… Apple learned and has actually teamed with MSFT, ORCL et al.

      Google is the new DELL…

      Can’t wait for the book… its too bad that Jobs illness sped up this book… there are probably too many stories to be placed in print…

      1. I’m 100% sure that Mr. Cook & TEAM will carry out Steve’s direction to destroy that stolen product Android. They are lucky thats all Steve wants done and nothing more…but who knows what level of spanking Google will soon be getting from Apple.

    2. Here’s what I like the most about Steve Jobs, and Apple in general…..

      “…., to right this wrong,”

      Let me add two other wrongs related to technology that come to mind right now…., one very old, one recent, Microsoft Windows, Samsung Galaxy (I’m not saying Apple should right/fix them); it is frustrating to see a bunch of copiers out there.

      One right? An old one but, in my opinion, the US Robotics Palm Pilot was a good thing. Another one? The Internet.

      Recent rights of course iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBooks, iOS, OS X.

      And I believe we all want to see more rights than wrongs in this world.

      I wish the best of luck to Apple in their endeavor to carry on Steve’s fight.

      Having said that, Steve’s statement doesn’t mak much sense to me. You don’t have to destroy something that’s stolen, just by pointing it out it will fall/blow on its own.

      As for Mr Schmidt, he should not have been allowed in Apple’s board in the first place.

  1. Schmidt’s lucky he didn’t get a thermonuclear device stuffed up his ass before he crawled back to Google. Talk about disrespecting your fiduciary duties as a board member of Apple by disclosing trade secrets to the company employing you as their CEO that ran directly counter to the interests of Apple, the rightful inventor of the modern era smart phone.

    The iPhone was revolutionary all right and it took a visionary like Steve Jobs to see its potential and in the process move the frontiers of mobile computing forwards into the realms dreamed of by science fiction writers and Star Trek producers. The iPhone begat the iPad which together will change the landscape of personal computing forever. It’s the dawn of the era of true personal computing where the computing power of the device stays with you always rather than being chained to a desktop or bulky laptop.

    But Eric having seen the future decided to steal it from its progenitor rather than cooperate with him to extend the uses of the computing device into maps, search and YouTube. Eric your day of comeuppance will come soon and it’ll take the form of myriad Chinese companies ripping off your IP and installing bastard versions of Android that will steer search revenues to Baidu.


    1. If it is indeed the case that Schmidt took product information gleaned from his time spent sitting on Apple’s board back to Google, that would be truly reprehensible behavior, not to mention a legally actionable case of both breach of fiduciary duty and theft of trade secrets. Just breathtaking gall if he in fact did this…

  2. This is why the Chinese will back Apple. Culturally, Chinese revere words spoken from the dead or dying. Seriously what benefit does Jobs have in lying, he speaks the truth.

  3. Steve probably should have licensed the tech. At least then the price of android wouldn’t likely have come free. It would also mean Google admitting to using Apple IP.

    I respect the principle of the issue but don’t necessarily think the decision was wise or to the benefit of Apple. We shall see. We shall see.

    1. Apple should have expanded the US market to other carriers much sooner, that exclusive deal with AT&T cost them since other carriers had to turn to lesser alternatives in order to compete.

      1. This gets said quite often, but people forget; Apple has been unable, for years, to keep up with the demand, even with only one carrier in the US. They had sold every single iPhone they made. Opening it up to more carriers before the manufacturing was capable of meeting the new demand levels would have been a disaster, with three-month waits for orders and plenty of livid customers. Apple has already gone through this scenario in the early 90’s (insufficient supply to meet the demand). They learned their lessons: 1. Hired Tim Cook, and 2. Controlled the market demand and supply.

    2. As Google has already shown with their actions previously (refusing to get a license from Oracle/Sun and knowingly using their code anyway) they likely would have just continued as planned and just put it out there anyway.

      That’s just how arrogant they are at Google.

  4. As I sit here with my iPhone watching a movie on my iMac rented on iTunes with my family each with an iOS device texting each other using iMessage across the length of the room, Steve Jobs is never out of my thoughts and all I wish for him back on this earth is to see Eric the mole fail in his “grand theft” of iOS. I want to see this man fail so bad. Let’s hope Tim Cook has his orders.

  5. I can’t wait to read this book.

    I have it pre-ordered from Barnes and Nobel for $17.99.

    I figured for just one more dollar, it made sense to get the hardback, rather than the digital version.

  6. if going to war means spending billions to make better products then awesome i cant wait to see the new weapons.

    If its billions going to lawyers and patents then i hope they experience a failure of epic proportions because nobody is going to win with that route.

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