“Walter Isaacson, the man who wrote last year’s bestselling biography of Steve Jobs, has said that Apple’s ‘less emotional’ new boss Tim Cook will most likely settle a dispute with Google over the Android mobile operating system,” Andrew Laughlin reports for Digital Spy. “In a revealing interview this week, Isaacson also suggested that Apple will attempt to revolutionise the television and digital photography industries over the next few years.”
“Speaking at London’s Royal Institution yesterday evening, Isaacson discussed both the ‘petulance’ and ‘exuberance’ of Jobs, who died last October after losing his fight with pancreatic cancer,” Laughlin reports. “Published last year, Issacson’s Steve Jobs book revealed that the creator of the iPhone and iPad had threatened to “destroy” Google Android for allegedly copying Apple’s iOS.”
Laughlin reports, “He said that Cook is a very different leader to Jobs, and this means that he would most likely look to settle the legal row with Google over Android, rather than drag it out in the courts. ‘Steve was furious when he saw Microsoft stealing the Mac OS interface and licensing it to every PC maker who paid for it. So when Google licensed its Android mobile operating system so promiscuously to junkie handset makers he was determined to act,’ Isaacson was quoted as saying by PC Advisor. ‘Steve said to Google ‘You can’t pay me off. I’m here to destroy you’. But Tim Cook will settle that lawsuit. He’s a lot less emotional about business than Steve.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: It sure doesn’t sound like Steve was furious over Android just “for show” to us. And, there’s more than one way to skin an Android. High enough royalties will kill that derivative fragmented mess as surely as killing features due to patent infringement. If Microsoft could ever get their act together, they could benefit.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]
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