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. So, apparently I was wrong. I always felt the rivalry was more hype and business than personal. Obviously, it was personal to Jobs. I’m a little surprised, honestly. Of course, the interviews of Jobs for the book were intimate, likely bringing out extremes that even the notoriously emotional and reactionary man probably did not fully and explicitly express to his Google cohorts. Nonetheless, I read the situation as impersonal when it was quite the opposite to Jobs.

  2. When the Apple/Google relationship was first developing (constructively), I saw it as a powerful matchup of complementary strengths: Apple brings the smart user interface, Google brings the cloud. But because Google decided to build its own user interface, Apple began to build its own cloud (or so it seems).

    1. I do not think iCloud is a response to google really. It is a response to mobileMe, which Steve was NEVER happy with. It is also the natural evolution of the iOS ecosystem.

      ITunes match is brilliant, suprised it isn’t getting any press. Once word of it spreads, watch out.

        1. iTunes match is Apple’s offering a great opportunity to all the illegitimate downloads of mp3s etc. You sign up for a flat annual subscription rate of $25; you match ALL your songs (128 kbps or crappier rips) as they get matched on the cloud. You then download them later, as now legitimate owners, in their crisp AAC 256 DRM free format for life. If you have 3 TB of music files, this is a blessing.

          Finally, it’s a win for the music industry as they are getting a cut of the $25, money they never could have (through lengthy legal or technical actions), and it keeps everyone happier. That’s the Apple magic, one of the least talked about aspect, cutting deals that matters.
          So, yeah, brilliant maybe an understatement here. This is Apple’s way of saluting the pirates. Apple, the true champion of “open” that counts, etc.

      1. Don’t forget Apple made statements that they where releasing iCloud and then on week later Google makes a statement that they are going to release a cloud based product.

        As always, Apple Said it first and others tried to trump them…

        Google has a very distinctive pattern, follow Apple like a shadow and release the same thing.

        Shows who is the real innovators here and it is not a Google.

  3. I never could figure out why Schmidt was on the board of directors in the first place. When Google introduce there phone I told anyone that would listen that Jobs made a big mistake by having Schmidt there. He is truly a mole. To bad, both companies could have been much better off if Schmidt had integrity.

  4. (recently discovered crumpled note at Cupertino):

    …[illegible, illegible]…iNuke device successfully planted in E.S. lower GI. Methane-powered device set with dual timer and proximity locator, to be activated at GHQ on or after Dec 25, 2011… [illegible], [doodle of mushroom cloud in shape of big G]

    …provided by WikiLeaks

    1. Your a idot, and android is going to pay, first with oracle and next with Apple.

      Don’t think for a moment Apple is just waiting around for no reason,
      Android will go down, it will be to expensive to use after all the lawsuits.

    2. With an attitude like yours, it’s quite evident that you have few friends and even fewer who will show up at your funeral, let alone be compelled to cry.

      Jealousy’s a motherfucker and karma’s a bitch.

    3. I have been saying DEATH to ANDROID quite sometime.
      SIRI is going to help DIFFERENTIATE the PHONES forever.


      ANDROID is only eye candy – people don’t need BIGGER screen when a smaller screen can understand your voice.

    4. bunch of Apple fanboys here obviously. Boo hoo, Apple doesn’t get to squeeze all the monies from everyone foolish enough to pay through the nose for an overpriced POS. Apple needs to get over itself, they’re not curing cancer. They’re not even donating money to cure cancer.

  5. Oh yea, Tim will carry on this fight. I’ve got a feeling that Steve’s passing (I have a hard time saying death), will only serve to galvanize Apple’s stance to see through the determination of Steve Job’s on this issue. It will make it’s way all the way to the Supreme Court, I’m quite sure.

  6. “Good artist copy, Great artist steal”

    “we have always been shameless about copying”


    You don’t see Samsung trying to destroy LG’s or Sony’s TV businesses, or Ford trying to destroy GM’s automotive business, its called competition and Apple just needs to suck it up and get used to it. It’s not like Apple hasn’t stolen anything to make their precious iPhone. Grid of icons, having a grid of options for mute, conference call, etc on the call screen all came from palm. Your little notification center is a combination of Android notifications and WP7 toast notifications. Camera from lockscreen, WP7 had it and HTC android phones had it.

    Apple will copy and steal whatever they want but they get all butt hurt when they are on the other end. So don’t sit on your high horse calling the kettle black when the iPhone and iOS uses just as much borrowed ideas that Android uses.

    1. You, and every other asshole that thinks your rationale makes any sense, CLEARLY don’t understand the difference between a different implementation of a simple feature like a grid and stealing the fundamental, underlying IP which powers an entire concept. I won’t even say “nice try” because it was pathetic.

      1. So then please explain to me what about Android steals from iOS, if Android was in development before the iPhone was announced then the underlying IP couldn’t possibly have been taken from Apple, what changed was the implementation of the OS on a Blackberry like device to a touch screen device, assuming there weren’t already touch screen prototypes before the iPhone was released. And if Android was completely copied from the iPhone then why was all but one complaint thrown out in the lawsuit against the galaxy line up in the Netherlands, and the only one that stuck was the “implementation of a simple feature” of swiping between photos in a freaking gallery app, riddle me that fcuk nuckles.

        1. My bad. I’m wrong. You are much smarter than Steve Jobs, Apple’s legal team and the courts that have imposed bans on the sale of various products in this suit. Apple is routinely in the habit of litigating rather than innovating. Any fool could look back on history and see that.

          And, it’s not like Andy Rubin worked at Apple at a time when fundamental underpinnings of iOS were being developed.

        2. Let’s just start with this flashback to what Android looked like,

          and the likely direction it was headed back in 2007, contrasted to now. iPhone comes out, everybody scrambles to imitate… hardware makers, and Google, to make something that to many oridinary people could easily be mistaken for an actual iPhone. The touchscreen GUI, complete with gestures overall utilization, was something Apple delivered as a completely different product than anything that existed in the cellphone space. Period. To think that Google (with Schmidt hovering on Apple’s board during this iPhone development time) would have come up with such a similar concept on their own, with the asian phone makers making iPhone lookalikes on their own, simply merging all their collective creativity to come up with something that… basically looks and operates like and…. iPhone… is ludicrous at best. When Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone, there was nothing like it even on the horizon. Even the rumors about what the iPhone was going to be like didn’t get it right, there were so many different imaginary scenarios. So, when Steve introduced it, he also said that Apple had patented the hell out of it. I believe he meant what he said. Now it’s just up to the assinine legal system to unravel, but I think Steve knew he had been ripped off, and I do believe him.

    2. @TROLL2821

      So, care to explain Apple’s success in court?

      And if Apple steals the ideas of Android vendors as much as Android vendors steal the ideas of Apple, then how come the attempted counter-suits by the Android vendors have fizzled out?

      Man, I envy you. I could never be as full of shit as you are even if I tried. You got skills.

  7. Amazing! China is a country who everyone claims has no respect for copyright n here right in US of A, u hv so many defending a mole blatantly flaunting a stolen idea!

    1. Realfatfreddy… good point. I like what you’re saying, cep I’m hvn tbl rdng parts of your post. 😉

      It is interesting how so many Americans will rally to support a Korean or Taiwanese or Chinese company competing by imitation with a genuine American company (yes, I know they do subcontract their manufacturing overseas… so don’t belabor the obvious, please,) and how another “American” company, also imitating, can actually provide these Asian outfits the means (OS) to compete with the aforementioned successful American company without even charging them for it. Who does this really benefit? It benefits the American company (google) by letting them harvest all manners of consumer data, and the foreign hardware makers because they can’t write their own software and OS’s to save their lives. Now when the original, the real deal, the one truly innovative and creative American company fights to protect it’s success and the fruits of its research and development, all these lame ass US consumers who want everything cheap actually side with the copycats against the home grown real deal. No wonder our economy is going down the tubes. Why buy Snap-On tools, when Sears will now sell phony Craftsmen tools, now made in China. Most people won’t know the difference, but it’s there. But if Americans settle for “good enough” long enough, then we will eventually have to accept whatever the makers of cheap, imitation goods choose to offer us, because the quality folks will just pack it in. At least Apple will take on the fight, and make a stand for American design and engineering and software/human interfacing. The easy thing to do would be to fold, but it isn’t going to happen. It will be a battle worth watching…

  8. First off, so as to not get called some of the more sophomoric names that USMC was above me, let me start by saying I love apple products. My first had a beautiful green on green screen, and I am typing this on a iPhone.

    That being said apple innovated and they did steel… these are just facts. Xerox created the mouse and what we now know as a standard in operating systems. The brilliance of Jobs was knowing what the public wanted, simplicity for the masses, and more than anything else marketing!

    I owned an MP3 player years before an iPod ever existed. And while I use my iPhone for all my music (and just ordered the 4s), many other stand alone players syncing systems are alot better then iTunes. But I don’t care too much (like many others) because my phone is bad ass.

    Many ideas of the iPhone are original and innovating… and many are “borrowed” tech. At some point enough companies copy a concept that works and it becomes standard. For decades the automobile accelerated and breaked by use of hand levers until change was innovated and a pedal is main stream.

    I hope the “war” is by creating more bad-ass stuff for me to play with and not some lawyer bs. And I think we as a society lost a great person.

    But to help my point that no one side is right… Here is Steve Jobs in the 80’s talking about stealing tech…

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