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iPad Launch in Beijing Quiet, Orderly

A man shows his new iPad while Apple employees cheer inside its store in Beijing, China, Friday, July 20, 2012. The latest iPad has received an uneventful launch in China after Apple Inc. settled a lawsuit with a local company over ownership of the popular tablet computer's name. AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan.


Apple's new iPad went on sale in China on Friday morning with a sparse, but orderly, line of people at one of its stores in Beijing, as the company used a new reservation system to sell the next versión of its iconic tablet, to avoid the skirmishes that hit some earlier product launches. The Apple store in Beijing's Sanlitun district was very quiet at 6:45 a.m. local time, over an hour before the first-day sale of the company's new iPad, with no customers yet in line. In contrast, previous launches have seen massive throngs of people, numbering in the hundreds, waiting through the morning and even the night to buy the company's latest product. But unlike previous launches, where it was on a first come, first service basis, Apple has used a reservation system this time around to sell its newest product to customers in mainland China. Each morning, the company is giving customers a three-hour window to register for a limited number of reservations at its Beijing and Shanghai company stores. Those who successfully receive a reservation are then told the time to arrive at the designated Apple store to buy the new iPad. ...More

Wozniak: Steve Jobs Reincarnated at Microsoft With Surface

Speaking at the Entel Summit in Chile, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak made a comment that co-founder and late Apple CEO Steve Jobs may have been reincarnated at Microsoft. The comment was made in response to a question posed to Wozniak about what he thought of Microsoft’s Surface tablet. It’s as if “Steve Jobs came back reincarnated at Microsoft” to build a beautiful device, Wozniak quipped. Wozniak intends to see, own and use the Surface. Wozniak says that recent products coming out of Microsoft, including Windows Phone on Nokia’s Lumia 900 series are beautiful. His comments are not unexpected given Wozniak has been very vocal about Apple’s and its competitors products in recent years. Wozniak has also never been one to shy away from using competitor products in the past and was seen with a Galaxy Nexus on Google’s campuses as well as waiting in line to purchase the Lumia 900 on AT&T in the U.S. The Surface tablet is Microsoft’s first foray into the tablet hardware space, featuring a simple design and a smart cover that doubles as a keyboard. When the device was introduced, it was speculated that Microsoft entered the hardware space ...More

Steve Jobs quotes set to feature in Apple-Motorola patent trial

Tributes to the late Steve Jobs are posted at an Apple reseller store in Kuala Lumpur October 7, 2011. Apple Inc co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, died on Wednesday at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad.


Steve Jobs gave a lot of juicy quotes before he died, and Apple Inc has failed to keep some of them out of an upcoming patent trial against Google's Motorola Mobility unit, according to a court ruling. Apple and Motorola are scheduled for a high profile patent trial in a Chicago federal court later this month. It is one of several intellectual property cases between tech giants over smartphones and tablets using Google's Android operating system. Jobs was Apple's iconic and often-outspoken chief executive until he stepped down shortly before his death last year. However, Jobs had discussed Apple's patent litigation with biographer Walter Isaacson. "Our lawsuit is saying, 'Google, you f*****g ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off,'" Jobs told Isaacson. "Grand theft." He added: "I'm willing to go to thermonuclear war on this." In a court filing last month, Apple acknowledged that Jobs was "very angry" over Google's behaviour. ...More

Sotheby's to offer a fully functioning Apple I; First Apple Computer made by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak More Informat

‘The Apple Computer’ was created by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976 and presented to the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto the same year. Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK, NY.- Sotheby’s is to offer an Apple I- an exceptionally rare working example of the first Apple computer with the original cassette interface, operating manuals and a rare BASIC Users’ Manual. The Apple 1 heralded the start of the personal computing revolution by allowing users to type letters on a keyboard rather than through a panel of lights and switches. The device will be included in the Books and Manuscripts sale on 15th June 2012 and is estimated to fetch $120/180,000. ‘The Apple Computer’ was created by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976 and presented to the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto the same year. It was dismissed by everyone except Paul Terrell, the owner of a chain of stores called Byte Shop who ordered 50 for $500 each which he then offered to the public for $666.66. Terrell insisted that the circuit boards come fully assembled rather than as kits, so Jobs and Wozniak built the 50 in just 30 days. When these were complete they continued working and produced a further 150 which they sold to friends and other vendors for the retail price. Despite being the most complete device of its type available at the time, the Apple I did not come with the monitor, keyboard, power supply, or case that constitute the modern computer. Of these original Apple Is it is thought that fewer than 50 survive, with only six known to be in working condition. The sale will also include a report written by Steve Jobs in 1974 while he was working at Atari (est. $10/15,000). In the note to his supervisor, Stephen Bristow, Jobs sets out instructions for improving the functionality of players defending a soccer goal in the coin-operated game World Cup. Manuscript gaming diagrams from this period in Steve Job’s career are rare.

Apple board member says Steve Jobs's dream was to design iCar

Not content with his vast array of popular consumer products, it appears former Apple CEO Steve Jobs dreamed of designer an iCar before this death. There’s no denying former Apple CEO Steve Job’s impact on not only the tech world, but the world as whole. Whether you’re an Apple fan or not, the fact remains that Steve Jobs had a major hand in revolutionizing some of the most important facets of our lives: from the way we buy and listen to music (iPod/iTunes), to the way we Access the Web — including the wealth of media that comes along with it — due to the evolution of the cell phone into the “smartphone” (iPhone), and finally, the proliferation of the “smart device” and the way in which we intimately interact with it all. (iPad, iPhone, etc). But what if Steve Jobs had revolutionized another aspect of our live that seemed ripe for innovation? Like what, you ask? Well, the modern automobile, of course! It’s no secret that Steve Jobs’s innovative mind wandered beyond the tech and consumer products realm — but now we’ve come to find out his ambitions that may have also included the those four-wheeled contraptions we drive from time to time. Speaking at Fast Company’s Innovation ...More

Steve Jobs played key role in developing the next iPhone

Los Angeles Times

Deceased Apple co-founder Steve Jobs played a key part in developing the next iPhone, which is expected to be redesigned and have a larger screen than past models. Jobs, who died in October a day after the iPhone 4S was announced, worked closely on the sixth-generation iPhone as well, according to a new report. In 2010, he said no one would buy a smartphone so big you couldn't get your hand around it. But with more rumors supporting a larger-screen iPhone, it appears that Jobs may have changed his mind before he passed away. Or at least compromised. The next iPhone is expected to have a 4-inch screen, up from the current 3.5-inch screen, but the latest report backing the new feature says the phone won't necessarily need to get bigger to accommodate the larger screen. "A 4-inch screen, measured diagonally, can fit on the face of the iPhone with the current dimensions," a Bloomberg News report says.

NY judge: Apple statements damage lawsuit position

A person stands near the Apple logo at the company's new store in Grand Central Terminal, in New York. If Apple had been added to the Dow in June 2009, the last time there were serious rumors that it would happen, the average would be about 2,500 points higher than it is today and well above its all-time high. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File.


NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge cited the confident voice of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs on Tuesday as she refused to toss out lawsuits alleging the company and various publishers conspired to drive up the price of electronic books.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote noted in her written ruling that Jobs had made statements that agreements between the publishers and Apple Inc., based in Cupertino, Calif., would cause consumers to "pay a little more" and that prices would "be the same" at Apple and

In a lawsuit this year, the U.S. government joined 15 states in suing Apple and publishers, saying they conspired in the fall of 2009 to force e-book prices several dollars above the $9.99 price charged by on its popular Kindle device. According to the lawsuit, the publishers were concerned that Amazon's e-book price was too far below the price of hardcover books and Apple was concerned because it was preparing to launch the iPad. By 2010, Amazon was responsible for 90 percent of e-book sales in the United States, the judge noted.

Amazon's $9.99 price for best-sellers was such a deep discount from list prices of $20 and more that it was widely believed Amazon was selling the e-books at a loss to attract more customers and forcé competitors to lower their prices.

The judge rejected the argument that Apple and the publishers were merely improving the efficiencies of distribution, saying: "It has everything to do with coordinating a horizontal agreement among publishers to raise prices, and eliminating horizontal Price competition among Apple's competitors at the retail level."

The judge noted that Jobs told the publishers that "the customer pays a little more, but that's what you want anyway."

A lawyer for Apple did not immediately respond to a message for comment Tuesday. But Apple said last year the government's accusation that it conspired with major book publishers to raise the price of e-books was untrue. Apple said it instead had fostered innovation and competition by introducing its iBookstore in 2010 and said customers had benefited from e-books that are more interactive and engaging.

The judge wrote that Apple had a "strong incentive" to encourage publishers to agree together on the rules for e-book sales so that its iBookstore did not face stiff competition.

"With the fortuitous entry of Apple into the market for e-books, and the decision by Apple to join the price-fixing conspiracy, that horizontal conspiracy became a potent weapon for engineering a fundamental shift in an entire industry," the judge said.

The federal government has reached a settlement with three of the publishers, Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Shuster. But it is proceeding with its lawsuit against Apple and Holtzbrinck Publishers, doing business as Macmillan, and The Penguin Publishing Co. Ltd., doing business as Penguin Group.

Messages left Tuesday with lawyers for Holtzbrinck and Penguin were not immediately returned.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Aaron Sorkin to adapt 'Steve Jobs' film for Sony

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Aaron Sorkin is going from Facebook to Apple.
Sony Pictures officials say the Oscar-winning writer will write a screenplay based on the Steve Jobs biography.

Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal says Sorkin will make the film about the late Apple founder "everything that Jobs himself was: Captivating, entertaining and polarizing."

Sorkin won the adapted screenplay Academy Award for 2010's "The Social Network." The 50-year-old writer was nominated in the same category for 2011's "Moneyball."

His other credits include "Charlie Wilson's War" and "A Few Good Men." He also created TV's "The West Wing."

Actor Ashton Kutcher is set to play Jobs in a separate project.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press

Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs: Does it Work?

PC Magazine

It's hard to not think of Steve Jobs when you first see the candid shots of Ashton Kutcher in the iconic blue jeans and black turtleneck combination. But which Steve Jobs? TMZ released a shot this morning of Kutcher making his way to the set of Joshua Michael Stern's Jobs: Get Inspired, an independent film that will cover the late CEO's life from 1971 to 2000. Fans of Apple's co-founder might wonder what happened to Kutcher-Jobs' hair: Specifically, why he has so much of it, given that many might associate Jobs' wardrobe – an intended signature style – with his crew-cut appearance from his later years. But the blue jeans and turtleneck combination did show up in Jobs' life when back when he had more Kutcher-y looks: Just take a look at him at the 1997 Worldwide Developers Conference. ...More

Steve Jobs In Apple's 1984 'Ghostbusters' Spoof 'Bluebusters'

Huffington Post

They year was 1984. Steve Jobs was young, "Ghostbusters" was huge and IBM bigger than Apple. Sometime that year the streams were crossed and Apple spoofed "Ghostbusters" in it's parody music video "Bluebusters", intended as an internal promotional "Hoo-Rah!" rallying cry in which Apple defeats the global domination aspirations of "Blue," otherwise known as IBM. As Paul McNamara of Network World points out, "It was clear that the metaphor of Apple as the liberator of the office worker wasn't confined to the famous 1984 commercial." As prophetic as the theme of this video has turned out to be, we can't help but smile a bit at a young Jobs decked out in a Macintosh-inspired hostbusters Uniform. He looks nothing like Bill Murray, but uncannily like Harold Ramis. ...More

Top Execs Are Leaving Apple After Jobs Era

A prospective buyer compares the new iPad tablet computer, left, with the older version at a store in Bangalore, Friday, April 27, 2012. Sales of Apple's new iPad began Friday in the country. AP Photo/ Rajanish Kakade.

San Francisco Chronicle

After Steve Jobs stepped back from daily responsibilities at Apple last January, some wondered if other higher-ups at the company might look for work elsewhere, leading to a kind of brain drain. But to the credit of Apple and its CEO Tim Cook, there really hasn't been a mass exodus of talent. That said, several key executives have quit the company in recent months. Some were poached by competitors, others simply chose to strike out on their own. Each of these employees likely had their own reason for leaving when they did, but taken together, it paints a picture of a company whose upper management has been in flux since Tim Cook took over day-to-day operations. We divided up the employees who have jumped ship into two camps: those who left the company after Jobs went on his second and final medical leave in January, 2011 and those who left after Jobs officially quit the company in August. ...More

A Day in the Life of Steve Jobs


Steve Jobs liked to spend his mornings in face-to-face meetings with his product and management teams, his afternoons in the design lab with Apple's top designer Jony Ive, and his evenings sitting around the long wooden table in the kitchen at his home in Palo Alto, California, having dinner with his wife and kids. "Steve was very, very strict about filtering out what he thought of as distractions," Walter Isaacson, author of the best-selling biography on Steve Jobs, said in an interview today with the Harvard Business Review. "People would come to him with all sorts of problems - legal problems, personnel problems, whatever. And if he didn't want to deal with it, he would not focus on it. He'd give you sort of a blank stare. He would not answer, he wouldn't answer email... He would pick four or five things that were really important for him to focus on and then just filter out - almost brutally - filter out the rest." ...More

Steve Jobs: A prophet in his own time

Montreal Gazette

The picture is grainy. The camera remains stationary throughout. The shots consist entirely of one fairly static talking head being interviewed. Oh, and the interview took place 17 years ago. It is no one’s notion of high-tech cinema, which is somewhat ironic considering the subject. But that was never the point behind the release of this 69-minute documentary. And viewers will care not a whit that they ain’t catching a Kubrick on screen here. That’s because the camera is pointing at one of the most compelling characters of modern times: Steve Jobs, who passed away last year at 56. Though the interview took place in 1995 – when Jobs was in Apple limbo – he is uncannily prophetic. Nostradamus would be proud. More to the point, Jobs is remarkably candid and forthcoming and, yes, funny. It is titled Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview (playing at the Cinéma du Parc), largely because it was lost all these years until turning up in video format in someone’s garage. The interviewer is Bob Cringely. He was somehow able to prevail upon the normally camera-shy Jobs to sit down to chat on Cringely’s show Triumph of ...More

Steve Jobs' liver transplant helped inspire Facebook organ donor

In this April 26, 2012 image released by ABC, Robin Roberts, host of "Good Morning America," right, talks to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, during an interview in Menlo Park, Calif., aired Tuesday, May 1, on "Good Morning America." Zuckerberg says U.S. and U.K. users are now able to enroll as organ donors via links on the world's biggest social networking site. Zuckerberg says his friendship with Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, who had received a liver transplant before he died last year, helped spur the idea. AP Photo/ABC, Rick Rowell.

Apple Insider

A liver transplant that extended the life of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs by years helped to inspire a new organ donor program on the social networking site Facebook. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview with ABC News that his friendship with Jobs came to mind as he worked on a plan to increase the number of organ donors. Zuckerberg never specifically spoke with Jobs about a Facebook donation tool before he passed away last October, but Jobs was publicly active in supporting improved organ donor registries. "That definitely, I think, was something that we all had in mind as we were building this out," Zuckerberg said. "His story is just one of many, of people who both were able to have an organ transplant that made his life longer, and he was extremely thankful for that." In addition to Jobs, Zuckerberg said conversations with his girlfriend, who is currently in medical school, also helped to inspire the new program. With the new feature, Facebook users can share their organ donor status in an effort to spread awareness, and users can control who can view their organ donor status. ...More

Steve Jobs Playing FDR: Long-Lost Macintosh Commercial '1944' Emerges

Huffington Post

During the 1984 Super Bowl, while the Los Angeles Raiders pummeled the Washington Redskins in a 38-9 victory, an up-and-coming tech company stunned the nation with a cutting-edge commercial based on George Orwell's "1984." That commercial, directed for Macintosh by renowned filmaker Ridley Scott, introduced Macs to the world and is often cited as a game-changer in tech marketing. But that wasn't the end of the iconic commercial, according to Network World: Macintosh invested $50,000 to produce a sequel, a 9-minute epic ad called "1944," which stars Steve Jobs as Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Paul McNamara from Network World obtained the long-lost commercial from Craig Elliot, who worked for Apple from 1985 until 1996 before starting his own tech company two blocks away. Elliott said the short film was first screened at a company meeting in Hawaii in 1984 as part of an effort to ...More

Steve Jobs's patents to be displayed at the Smithsonian

A woman with an iPad covers German riot police officers during a demonstration in Berlin's district Kreuzberg to mark May Day on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. AP Photo/Markus Schreiber.

Washington Post

Most innovators have modest beginnings, but some have bigger ideas than others. Such was the case of Steve Jobs, who co-founded Apple Computer Inc. in his parents’ garage. Throughout his remarkable career Jobs acquired 317 patents. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, in conjunction with the Smithsonian, has expanded a special display of his patents with materials from the National Museum of American History. “The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World,” opens May 11 in the S. Dillon Ripley Center. The exhibit, designed and created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum, is a series of 30 4-by-8-foot panels designed to look like iPhones. The American History museum has added a 1985 Apple Macintosh computer with mouse and keyboard and a 2010 Apple iPod. ...More

Steve Jobs told Pope he was Kissinger in prank call

A never-seen-before interview with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will premiere next month. In the interview, Jobs speaks about how he pulled off a prank call to the Pope, saying he was US secretary of state Henry Kissinger. Jobs was interviewed by journalist Bob Cringely in 1995 for a Channel 4 series titled "Triumph Of The Nerds", the Daily Mail reported. The Apple founder - who died in October last year after a battle with cancer - speaks about a story when he and friend Steve Wozniak called the Vatican, asking to speak to the Pope to tell him it was Kissinger. Only when the pair burst out laughing, that Vatican officials realised it was a joke, Jobs says in the interview. He said they used a "blue box" for the purpose. The device enabled them to imitate tones used for long-distance calls. Only a few minutes of the original interview were used. The rest has been made into a documentary titled "Steve Jobs - The Lost Interview". Last year after Jobs' death, Paul Sen, director of "Triumph of the Nerds", went to his garage to look for his VHS version of the interview, the Independent reported. "I remember being sat in the room at the time and thinking, 'This guy's an amazing interviewee'. He had this amazing charisma. As soon as he walked in the room, we all noticed," Sen said about Jobs. ...More

Steve Jobs' obsession with simplicity drove Apple to success


A new book reveals a fresh insight into Steve Jobs' mind, and how his obsession with simplicity drove Apple to success. Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success was written by creative advertising director Ken Segall, who worked with Jobs on several occasions over 12 years as part of advertising firms including TBWA\Chiat\Day, the company behind famous ads including the 'Think different' campaign. The book includes anecdotes including Jobs' Willy Wonka competition idea, and his dislike for the iPod's silhouette ad campaign. Segall says that, to Jobs "Simplicity was a religion", and it was his most powerful weapon. Segall believes that there are ten elements of simplicity that contributed to Apple's success, which he breaks down over ten chapters in his book. These ten elements have the 'Simple Stick' at their core, explains Segall. When Jobs hit employees with the Simple Stick during meetings, it meant: "Steve had ejected
their work - not because ...More

Why Apple's Marketing Will Suffer Now That Steve Jobs Is Gone

A prospective buyer compares the new iPad tablet computer, left, with the older version at an Apple store in Bangalore, India, Friday, April 27, 2012. Sales of Apple's new iPad began Friday in the country. AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi.

San Francisco Chronicle

If you thought Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs told you everything you need to know about Apple and its late CEO, think again. Ken Segall, a former creative director of the advertising agency TBWA/Chiat/Day, worked with Jobs for more than 12 years at Apple and NeXT. He also came up with the iMac name. He offers up a few never-before-heard nuggets in his new book, "Insanely Simple," including: Jobs once wanted to dress up as Willy Wonka as part of a contest to promote the iMac, but was forced to back down because the contest violated California law. Before Jobs settled on the name NeXT for his new company, he wanted to call it Two (because it was his second business). He eventually changed the name after a friend Heard Bill Gates say the word "next" several times in a speech and suggested it as a name to Jobs afterwards. ...More

How Steve Jobs wanted to surprise 1 millionth iMac buyer

A visitor tries out a new iPad tablet computer at an Apple store in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, April 20, 2012. Sales of Apple's new iPad began Friday morning in the country. AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin.


Over the last year, there appears to have been some considerable focus on the idea that Steve Jobs might not have been a perfect human being. This, generally, has pleased those who are. So it is lovely to redress the balance a little with a tale from Ken Segall's new book "Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success," which came out today. It seems that the folks at MacRumors sat up all night Reading it. For they came up with the story of what Jobs wanted to do for the buyer of the 1 millionth iMac. Yes, for them, not to them. Inspired, perhaps, by Willy Wonka, Apple's CEO wanted to put a golden certificate inside the 1 millionth iMac box. Whoever bought it would have the price refunded and be flown to Cupertino for a tour. Where Jobs would meet them in top hat and tails. No, I have not be imbibing strange, dark chocolate. This is what the book says. Indeed, he was only thwarted in his quest to plumb the Depps of amusement by California law. It states that entry to sweepstakes ...More

Steve Jobs Almost Killed One Of Apple's Biggest Ad Campaigns

Business Insider

Few advertisements are as instantly recognizable as Apple's silhouetted iPod campaign, but at least one person didn't like these ads at first: Steve Jobs. When the late Apple CEO was first shown the ad mock ups by Chiat /Day, the agency who came up with the idea, Jobs dismissed it outright. "It's not Apple," he said, according to Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success, a new book from Ken Segall. As the creative director of Chiat/Day, Segall worked closely with Jobs at both Apple and NeXT to launch many of their better known ad campaigns, but the iPod spots marked a change in direction for the company and one that made Jobs apprehensive. ...More

Apple Can Afford to Make iPhone in US, Researchers Claim

A customer holds an iPhone at the Apple store on New York's Upper West Side. Apple Inc., the world’s most valuable company, on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 trumped skeptics once again by reporting blow-out iPhone sales. Apple says it sold 35 million iPhones in the quarter, almost twice as many as it sold a year ago and above analyst expectations. AP Photo/Richard Drew.

PC Magazine

In recent years, Apple's success has prompted scrutiny of everything from its environmental practices to the treatment of its workers in Asia. Others, meanwhile, opine that Apple should build more of its popular products in the U.S., given that it has approximately $97 billion in cash. Prior to his death, Steve Jobs reportedly told President Barack Obama that that was not feasible. "Those jobs aren't coming back," the Apple co-founder said. But a group of researchers argue in a new paper that Apple is capable of returning its manufacturing operations to American shores. "If Apple were willing to accept lower margins and the 8 hours of assembly labor on the iPhone were on-shore and paid at U.S. rates, Apple would still have a gross margin of nearly 50 percent," researchers concluded. The 25-page paper, titled "Apple Business Model: Financialization across the Pacific," was constructed by a research group at The University of Manchester's Center for Research on Socio-Cultural Change. It primarily focuses on Apple's relationship to Foxconn, the company that manufactures iPhones and iPads in China, and the future of low-wage manufacturing in Asia in the service of Western brands. ...More

Rumors swirl of smaller iPad, which Jobs detested

A new Apple iPad on display using the video during an Apple event in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The new iPad features a sharper screen and a faster processor. Apple says the new display will be even sharper than the high-definition television set in the living room. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma).

The Daily Star

Apple generates more gossip than the British royal family. There's a constantly spinning mill of rumors about Apple products, most of which turn out to be untrue. What's unusual this week is that talk has revived of a smaller iPad model, an idea company founder Steve Jobs derided publicly a year before he died. Apple and its suppliers aren't commenting. Rumors of a smaller iPad, or "iPad mini" have percolated ever since the first iPad was launched two years ago. This time around, they're fed by media reports from South Korea, China and Taiwan, saying Apple has ordered Samsung screens that are 7.86 inches measured on the diagonal. That would make for a screen about two-thirds the size of the current iPad, which has a diagonal measurement of 9.7 inches. A smaller tablet would help Apple further its lead in the tablet market. "From a competitive standpoint, we believe an iPad mini with a lower price point would be the competition's worst nightmare, says Shaw Wu, an analyst at Sterne Agee. "Most (competitors) already have a tough ...More

The Lost Steve Jobs Tapes

Fast Company

If Steve Jobs's life were staged as an opera, it would be a tragedy in three acts. And the titles would go something like this: Act I -- The Founding of Apple Computer and the Invention of the PC Industry; Act II--The Wilderness Years; and Act III--A Triumphant Return and Tragic Demise. The first act would be a piquant comedy about the brashness of genius and the audacity of youth, abruptly turning ominous when our young hero is cast out of his own kingdom. The closing act would plumb the profound irony of a balding and domesticated high-tech rock star coming back to transform Apple far beyond even his own lofty expectations, only to fall mortally ill and then slowly, excruciatingly wither away, even as his original creation miraculously bulks up into the biggest digital dynamo of them all. Both acts are picaresque tales that end with a surge of deep ...More

Forgotten Tapes of Steve Jobs Interviews Discovered

The Mac Observer

Dozens of forgotten tapes of interviews with Steve Jobs have been discovered by Brent Schlender, who has worked for Fortune and The Wall Street Journal since 1985, when he first started to report on Mr. Jobs. The tapes cover a variety of topics and are of various lengths with some as long as three hours. Mr. Schlender considers the interviews during the time that Steve Jobs was not with Apple to be some of the most interesting. Writing for Fast Company, Mr. Schlender described the newly discovered tapes as, “some three dozen tapes holding recordings of extended interviews—some lasting as long as three hours—that I’d conducted with him periodically over the past 25 years. He added, “Many I had never replayed—a couple hadn’t even been transcribed before now. Some were interrupted by his kids bolting into the kitchen as we talked. During others, he would hit the pause. ...More

What Steve Jobs said about an iPad "mini"

Chinese walk in front of an iPhone poster at a phone shop in Beijing Saturday, April 7, 2012. Authorities indicted five people in central China for involvement in illegal organ trading after a teenager sold one of his kidneys to buy an iPhone and an iPad. AP Photo/ Vincent Thian.


Rumors that Apple is building a smaller iPad have been picking up steam for some time. On Tuesday, Sterne Agee analysts Shaw Wu, a veteran Apple watcher, kicked off a new round of speculation when he told investors that an iPad "mini" was a question of when, not if. Wu said that the exact timing of the smaller tablet was difficult to predict and not "imminent." Wu may well be right. Still, it's worth remembering what the late Steve Jobs said publicly about "mini" tablets. Back in October 2010, he made an unusual appearance in the Apple's (AAPL) quarterly earnings conference call to deliver withering tirade against Google's (GOOG) Android mobile platform. Then he switched to tablets and said the following (emphasis added): I'd like to comment on the avalanche of tablets poised to enter the market in the coming months. First, it appears to be just a handful of credible entrants, not exactly an avalanche. Second, almost all of them use seven-inch screens as compared to iPad's near 10-inch screen. Let's start there. One naturally thinks that a seven-inch screen would offer 70% of the benefits of a 10-inch screen. ...More

Hong Kong Student Behind Steve Jobs Tribute Creates Coke Image
The image by the 20-year-old student from Hong Kong -- two hands in the shape of Coke's iconic white ribbon passing a bottle – premiered this past weekend in bus shelters and elevators in Shanghai. And the fresh design, part of Coke's global "Open Happiness" campaign, has caught the attention of top executives at the beverage giant. "It's got unusual, intriguing stopping power," said Stephen Drummond, director-content and creative excellence for Coca-Cola in Asia Pacific. "Everyone's responded with a sense of, 'Wow, that's a different ...More

Steve Jobs movie starring Ashton Kutcher to cover Apple from 1971 to 2000, filming starts next month

In a Friday March 16, 2012 file photo, a crowd lines up outside of the Apple store in the Saddle Creek Shopping Center in Germantown, Tenn. On Tuesday, April 10, 2012, Apple, already the world's most valuable company, hit the $600 billion level for the first time. AP Photo/The Commercial Appeal, Kyle Kurlick.

The Verge

We've got a few more details on the recently-revealed Steve Jobs movie starring Ashton Kutcher, thanks to a Neowin interview with the producer, Mark Hulme. The independent film - which has the unfortunate working title of Jobs: Get Inspired - will cover the late CEO's life from 1971 to 2000, putting it rather squarely into the time period that the TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley explored. The first-time producer said that, unsurprisingly, they chose Kutcher to play the role of Jobs because of his likeness to the Apple co-founder, especially during the timeframe that the movie will cover. There are few other details, but Hulme says that they will begin filming next month with plans for a Q4 release, and he's not concerned about Sony's own Jobs biopic - which will be at least in part based on Walter Isaacson's recent biography - because it isn't slated to be released for another year or two. ...More

Philippe Starck says he's collaborating with Apple on ‘revolutionary' Project Herald Sun
UBER designer Philippe Starck has revealed he is collaborating with Apple on a "revolutionary" project to be unveiled later this year. The Frenchman - who has dazzled the design world with everything from toothbrushes to hotels – told France Info radio he has been working with the late Apple boss Steve Jobs. He said he had been friends with Jobs for years and had visited his Palo Alto house on a regular basis. “We used to love talking about interesting things,'' Mr Starck said. “Indeed, we have a big project together that will be out in eight months.'' According to Walter Isaacson's famous biography on Steve Jobs ...More

Apple's Steve Jobs conspired on e-book price-fixing, lawsuits say

Los Angeles Times

Former Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs and top executives at five major book publishers illegally conspired to raise the prices of e-books, costing consumers tens of millions of dollars, federal and state officials alleged in antitrust suits filed Wednesday. The collusion began in 2009 and price fixing took effect with the launch of the iPad in early 2010, boosting the average cost of e-books by $2 to $3 each "virtually overnight," said Sharis Pozen, the acting head of the Justice Department's antitrust division. "We allege that these executives knew full well what they were doing. That is, taking steps to make sure the prices consumers paid for e-books were higher," she said in announcing the federal suit. "'The customer pays a little more, but that's what you want anyway,'" Pozen quoted Jobs as saying at one point in the negotiations with publishers. The suit said Apple proudly described the price-fixing plan -- which gave the iPad maker a guaranteed 30% commission on each e-book it sold through its online marketplace -- as an "aikido move," referring to the Japanese martial art. ...More

Steve Jobs really was mad about Android, says biographer

staff members work on the production line at the Foxconn complex in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, southern China. A pledge reported Thursday, March 29, 2012 by the manufacturer of Apple's iPhones and iPads to limit work hours at its factories in China could force other global corporations to hike pay for Chinese workers who produce the world's consumer electronics, toys and other goods. Foxconn Technology's promise comes as Beijing is pushing foreign companies to share more of their revenues with Chinese employees. AP Photo/Kin Cheung.


The late Steve Jobs really was irate with Google for stealing the iPhone's thunder, according to his biographer. Speaking last night at the Royal Institution in Great Britain, "Steve Jobs" author Walter Isaacson laid out the scenario under which Jobs' anger toward Android unfurled. As described by MacWorld, Jobs was upset back in the old days when Bill Gates adopted Apple's graphical user interface for Windows and then licensed the OS to Dell, IBM, and a slew of other PC makers, giving Microsoft dominance in the PC market. The late Apple chief then watched as history repeated itself, again getting upset when the iPod and other Apple devices were "almost copied verbatim by Android," Isaacson explained. "And then they licence it around promiscuously. And then Android starts surpassing Apple in market share, and this totally infuriated him," the author added. "It wasn't a matter of money. [Jobs] said: 'You can't pay me off, I'm here to destroy you.'" Isaacson's take contradicts comments made by Google CEO Larry Page this week. Speaking with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Page claimed that the anger Jobs expressed over Android was all for public show and that he and the late Apple chief actually maintained a cordial relationship. But Jobs certainly didn't hold back on his feelings when he spoke with Isaacson for the book ...More

Ashton Kutcher to play Steve Jobs in biopic

Ashton Kutcher, center, presents the award for female vocalist of the year at the 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 1, 2012 in Las Vegas. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill.

Fox News

He plays a technology mogul on TV and is known as being a social networking pioneer.Now Ashton Kutcher is to star as one of the world's most famous tech titans, Steve Jobs, Variety reported Sunday. Kutcher, 34, will take the lead role in the indie biopic "Jobs," which will chronicle the Apple co-founder's life from a wayward hippie to his overwhelming success at the company that created the iPod, iPhone and iPad. The film will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern and written by Matt Whiteley. Kutcher is expected to film "Jobs" while on hiatus from the hit CBS series, "Two and a Half Men," in which he plays internet billionaire Walden Schmidt. Sony is also working on its own Jobs biopic after buying the film rights to Walter Isaacson's authorized biography, published within weeks of Jobs' death after a long battle with cancer on Oct. 5, 2011. ...More

Steve Jobs Didn't Like Siri Name‎
Dag Kittlaus, one of the co-founders of Siri, told reporters Tuesday that Apple chief Steve Jobs didn't really like the Siri name. "So Siri means in Norwegian, 'Beautiful woman who leads you to victory,'" Kittlaus, whose company was acquired by Apple for $200 million in April 2010. "I worked with a lady named Siri in Norway and wanted to name my daughter Siri and the domain was available. And also consumer companies need to focus on the fact that the name is easy to spell, is easy to say." Jobs wasn't a big fan, but Kittlaus said he kept up the Siri campaign. ...More

Fortune names Steve Jobs the 'greatest entrepreneur'

Apple CEO Tim Cook clasp his hands during an new iPad announcement during an Apple event in San Francisco. Apple's latest iPad goes on sale at 8 a.m. Friday, March 16, and looks set to be greeted by heavy demand and the customary lines of buyers. The new model comes with a much sharper screen, cramming four times as many pixels into the same space. It also boasts an improved camera, similar to that of the iPhone 4S. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma.


"Though he could be abusive and mean-spirited to people who threw themselves into their work on his behalf, Steve Jobs has been our generation's quintessential entrepreneur. Visionary. Inspiring. Brilliant. Mercurial." So writes Fortune's John Byrne in the entry that named Apple's (AAPL) Steve Jobs the "greatest entrepreneur of our time," ahead of the founders of Microsoft (MSFT), Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Starbucks (SBUX) and Facebook. The editors of the magazine (which hosts this blog) seemed particularly impressed with Jobs' disdain of focus groups and market research: Asked how much research was done to guide Apple when he introduced the iPad, Jobs famously quipped, "None. It isn't the consumers' job to know what they want. It's hard for [consumers] to tell you what they want when they've never seen anything remotely like it." ...More

Apple CEO Tim Cook: a Report Card
The Mac Observer
Tim Cook has been the full-time CEO of Apple since August 2011. The new captain of the ship is steadily earning our confidence. One of the things we all worried about, when it was clear that Steve Jobs was very ill, was who the new leader of Apple would be. Some foolishly thought it would be Jonathan Ive or Scott Forstall. Others wisely knew that it could only be Tim Cook. But in pondering Mr. Cook, there was still concern whether the COO could be a visionary and continue to lead Apple into new product frontiers. He didn't have the storied past of Steve Jobs. ...More

Ex Apple engineer disses firm's post-Steve Jobs design sense
Steve Jobs wouldn't have cared much for the recent software redesign Apple rolled out to its Apple TV set-top box, according to a former engineer who once worked on the product. Michael Margolis, listed on his LinkedIn profile as having worked as a "Professional Hobbyist, AppleTV" as well as a "Senior Software Engineer" at Apple, tweeted late Friday that the new interface designs for the box actually got "tossed out 5 years ago because [Steve Jobs] didn't like them." Margolis also claimed that "now there is nobody to say 'no' to bad design" ...More

The Temptation of Tim: What Does Dividend Say About Apple's Future?

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks before introducing the new iPad during an event in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu.


Steve Jobs didn't spend much time worrying about shareholders' complaints. I recall talking with him in 2008 about some mini-crisis that had caused Apple's stock to dip. "Who gives a s- about the stock price," he let slip before getting back on point. It was a moment of unscripted honesty that spoke volumes about his belief that Apple knew more than any shareholder about what was best for the company. New CEO Tim Cook is taking a different approach. By announcing dividends and stock buybacks that could reach $45 billion in the next three years, he's responding to years of complaints about Apple's enormous cash kitty. He made a recent comment of his own that was telling. He had just ended the company's annual meeting in February. As the shareholders began rising from their seats to leave, his last words into the microphone were, "We always try to do

Jobs Creator, Steve Jobs
If you haven't read the bestselling, superb biography and inspiring business book, Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson (Simon & Schuster, $35), do so. Steve Jobs asked Isaacson to write it and urged friends and foes to cooperate with the undertaking. Jobs never asked to read the manuscript, but true to character he designed the book jacket. When it came to products, Jobs believed we do indeed "judge a book by its cover," a principle he relentlessly applied to the look and packaging of his products. This absorbing chronicle ¬doesn't sugarcoat ...More

The New iPad Mistake Steve Jobs Never Would Have Made
Good news for "new iPad" shoppers. Now that Apple (AAPL) has begun shipping its new uber-tablet, customers are discovering that the company has included -- totally free of charge -- a cooking "app." Turns out, the new iPad generates so much excess heat that you can fry an egg on it. (Almost.) Comparing a new iPad running "GLBenchmark" with a similar iPad 2 running the same program, Dutch website reported on Tuesday morning that the new iPad runs nearly 10 degrees hotter than the old -- 92.5 F, versus 82.9F for the iPad 2. Tweakers points out that the hottest part of the new tablet is in the lower-right corner of the casing, behind Apple's new processor. And an informal poll of users closer to home confirms that when running certain apps on the iPad (Garage Band, for example), the gadget heats up like crazy. ...More

U.S. reportedly warns Apple, e-book publishers about price-fixing

Media get a hands on demo of the iPad during an Apple event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, California, USA 07 March 2012. EPA/PETER DaSILVA.


By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
The U.S. Justice Department has warned Apple Inc. and five top book publishers that lawsuits over alleged e-book price fixing might be in the offing, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Citing "people familiar with the matter," the Journal said the Justice Department has told publishers and the Cupertino tech giant that lawsuits could be filed accusing the companies of colluding to keep e-book prices high for both Apple users and rivals such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Some publishers "have held talks to settle the antitrust case and head off a potentially damaging court battle," the Journal said. "If successful, such a settlement could have wide-ranging repercussions for the industry, potentially leading to cheaper e-books for consumers. However, not every publisher is in settlement discussions." The report said that the five publishers facing pressure from the Department of Justice are ...More

Apple: New iPad preorders sell out

The new Apple iPad is unveiled at a launch party at King's Place, London, Britain, 07 March 2012. The tablet will have higher resolution than ever before, a video recorder and a camera with auto focus and auto exposure. EPA/Lewis Whyld.


Sorry, techies. If you're after the new iPad, you're going to have to wait. The Apple website shows March 19 is now the earliest ship date available for consumers looking to order the new tablet online, USA TODAY said. "Customer response to the new iPad has been off the charts and the quantity available for pre-order has been purchased," Apple said in a statement quoted by the paper. The new iPad is scheduled to become available in retail stores March 16, meaning the only way left or a consumer to get one that day will be to wait in line at an Apple store or reseller. "If past is precedent, there could be long waits in line at some Apple Stores when sales begin at brick-and-mortar locations," USA TODAY said. The new iPad was unveiled Wednesday in San Francisco and features a crisper Retina display, faster processor, voice dictation and access to a speedier 4G wireless data network. ...More

Les Moonves: Steve Jobs Approached CBS for Apple TV Content
Hollywood Reporter
CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said Saturday that he was approached about a year ago by Steve Jobs to provide content for Apple's long-rumored television service but he declined to participate. CBS CEO Leslie Moonves said Saturday that he was approached about a year ago by Steve Jobs to provide content for Apple's long-rumored television service but he declined to participate. Moonves told a conference audience that he met with Jobs, the late Apple CEO, and heard a pitch for what was billed as a subscription content service ...More

New iPad adopts simple product naming Steve Jobs brought to Apple in 1997
Apple Insider
Apple's latest iPad, originally anticipated to be named iPad 3 or iPad HD, was simply called "the new iPad" during its introduction. This isn't a new change in naming products at the company however; Steve Jobs initiated it 15 years ago when he returned to lead Apple in 1997. Apple product names in the 80s Apple's initial mainstream product was the Apple II, introduced in the late 70s and updated in a series of revised models differentiated by a character suffix: first the
Apple II+, then the enhanced Apple IIe, the compact Apple IIc ...More

Apple pioneer brings emotion to Google+
San Jose Mercury News
Andy Hertzfeld was ready to retire back in 2009, following a momentous 30-year plus career where he worked side by side with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to design the revolutionary user interface of Apple's (AAPL) Macintosh computers, before launching several startups and going on to Google (GOOG). But Google co-founder Sergey Brin had ther deas. Brin wanted to graft Hertzfeld's Apple-bred sense of aesthetics and function into the new social network that Google's leadership was just starting to think about ...More

Apple unveils 'new iPad' with sharper screen

Apple CEO Tim Cook clasp his hands during an new iPad announcement during an Apple event in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The new iPad features a sharper screen and a faster processor. Apple says the new display will be even sharper than the high-definition television set in the living room. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma.

MICHAEL LIEDTKE,AP Technology Writers
PETER SVENSSON,AP Technology Writers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple gave the new iPad a bunch of new features but no new name.

When it goes on sale next week in the U.S. and several other countries, it will be "the iPad" or perhaps "the new iPad" — not "iPad 3" or "iPad HD," as some had speculated.

The new iPad unveiled Wednesday comes with improvements that may not be readily apparent to the casual observer. It has, as expected, a sharper screen, driven by a faster processing chip that acts as the "brains" of the device. What was more surprising was that the new features mean the tablet computer will be slightly thicker and heavier than the iPad 2, because it needs a larger battery to power the high-resolution screen.

Prices aren't changing from the previous models. They will start at $499. Versions capable of accessing cellular networks will cost $629 to $829.

Apple is keeping the basic model of the iPad 2 in production and dropping the price to $399. That could help Apple regain some market share from cheaper tablets like Inc.'s $199 Kindle Fire. Samsung Electronics and other makers of full-size tablets have cut their prices to below $500.

The battery life of the new model remains the same: about 10 hours of use. Apple says the battery capacity is 70 percent higher than for the old model, which suggests that it could have kept the old screen and extended the battery life to 17 hours instead of upgrading the screen resolution.

Apple said the new display will be sharper than the average high-definition television set. In a hands-on demonstration for an Associated Press reporter, text shown on the screen was noticeably crisper. The higher resolution won't make a difference, however, for most Web images, which are of low resolution. The new screen should be able to show all the detail in high-definition movies, which the iPad 2 does not.

The new screen can also show deeper and more vibrant colors than previous models, Apple said.

"We are taking it to a whole new level and are redefining the category that Apple created with the original iPad," said Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook at the launch event in San Francisco.

Cook spoke of a "post-PC" era dominated by the iPad and other Apple products.

The new iPad will go on sale March 16 in the U.S., Canada and 10 other countries. A week later, it will go on sale in 25 more countries.

The lack of a new name could cause confusion for buyers, particularly since the older model, the "iPad 2," will still be sold. But the naming practice is consistent with Apple's practices for the iPod. New models have been simply called "iPod." Consumers are left to figure out which generation of the product they are looking for.

Compared with the iPad 2, the new model features a higher-resolution camera on the back, similar to the one in the iPhone 4S.

The new iPad will be 9.4 millimeters thick, or 0.37 inches. That compares with 8.8 millimeters, or 0.34 inches, for the iPad 2. The weight is going up from 1.33 pounds to 1.44 pounds for the Wi-Fi-only model. The original iPad weighed 1.5 pounds.

Apple also confirmed that the new model will come in a version that can use Verizon Wireless' and AT&T Inc.'s "LTE" wireless broadband networks. They offer speeds that are faster than the "3G" networks used by previous iPads, and current iPhones.

Apple is updating some of the software on the tablet to take advantage of the new features. For example, it's introducing a version of the Mac's iPhoto photo organization and manipulation program for the iPad.

The company also said it would start letting users store movies in its iCloud remote storage service, so they can be accessed through the Internet by PCs and Apple devices. It already lets users store photos, music and documents in the service.

Apple is also upgrading its Apple TV set-top box so it can play movies in 1080p, the highest-resolution commonly used video standard.


Peter Svensson reported from New York.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Apple describes post-PC era, surprise of success

An Associated Press reporter holds up the new iPad during an event in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The new iPad features a sharper screen and a faster processor. Apple says the new display will be even sharper than the high-definition television set in the living room. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In announcing the new iPad, Apple CEO Tim Cook described a "post-PC" revolution that surprised even the company.

"The momentum behind iPad has been incredible and has surprised just about everyone," Cook said, adding later that the device is "outstripping the wildest of predictions."

Cook said Wednesday that Apple sold 172 million "post-PC" devices last year, which comprised iPods, iPhones and iPads. The company says that in the last three months of 2011, about 85 percent of its revenue came from those devices.

Apple has sold more than 55 million iPads, including 40.5 million last year.

Apple revealed a new iPad model Wednesday with a sharper screen and a faster processor. It goes on sale next week.

The popularity of smartphones and tablet computers have hurt sales of traditional computers in the U.S. and other industrialized countries as consumers delay replacing their desktops and laptops.

Other manufacturers have come out with their own tablet devices with limited success. According to IHS iSuppli, Apple had captured 62 percent of the worldwide tablet market last year. Samsung Electronics Co., maker of the Galaxy tablet line, was second with 9 percent, followed by Inc., maker of the Kindle Fire, with 6 percent.

Cook says Apple sold more iPads than any single vendor sold traditional PCs in the last three months of 2011. Apple sold 15.43 million iPads in that quarter. Research firm Gartner estimates that the leading vendor, Hewlett-Packard Co., shipped 14.7 million PCs worldwide in the same period. Some 92 million PCs were shipped by all vendors in that time frame.

Tablet sales could pick up when Microsoft Corp. unveils a new version of Windows before the holiday shopping season. There will be a version of Windows 8 that will run on tablets.

HP and other PC makers are also hoping Windows 8 will boost sales of traditional PCs.

Microsoft began letting consumers try out the new system last week following an unveiling at a wireless trade show in Barcelona.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Review: Prettier iPad retains familiar qualities

Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller talks about new pricing for the iPad2, left, and the new iPad, right, during an Apple event in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The new iPad features a sharper screen and a faster processor. Apple says the new display will be even sharper than the high-definition television set in the living room. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma.

MICHAEL LIEDTKE,AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — I have grown fond of my iPad 2 during the past nine months. So, I was curious if I would like my tablet computer any less once I saw Apple's new and improved iPad.

The verdict: I won't be abandoning my iPad 2 for its sexier successor anytime soon.

Although Apple Inc.'s latest temptress may turn some heads, the new iPad isn't radically different from last year's model, based on the 15 minutes I was able to spend noodling with the device at the company's product launch Wednesday.

If you don't already own a tablet computer, and want one, then the new iPad will be tough to resist — if you can afford it. The device, which goes on sale March 16 in the U.S., Canada and 10 other countries, will sell for $499 to $829. If you want to save some money, consider the iPad 2, which Apple will continue making and sell for as low as $399.

The new iPad's alluring screen quality provides the main attraction. A higher-resolution screen called "Retina Display" makes everything — from vacation pictures to the text on a website — look crisper. By Apple's calculations, the new iPad offers four times the resolution of its predecessor.

For that reason, you're more likely to buy the new iPad if you are a shutterbug, a video game fanatic or someone who enjoys watching movies on a smaller but luscious screen.

Watching a few minutes of the movie "Hugo" proved to be even more lustrous on the new iPad than it on my 52-inch flat-panel TV at home. Apple says this should be a routine experience, given that the new iPad can accommodate about 1 million more pixels than even the best HDTVs currently on the market.

Video games look even more realistic, thanks in part to the quad-core graphics chips in the new iPad.

On the down side, an old video on YouTube looked even grainer on the iPad's higher-resolution screen. It reminded me a little of what happens when I mistakenly flip to a standard television channel on my HDTV.

While the imagery can be quite mesmerizing, I am not convinced it's a compelling enough reason for most people to replace one iPad for another

When I just flipped through some photos of some recent trips to Kauai and Pittsburgh that I have stored on my iPad 2, I wasn't wishing I could see what the pictures would look like on a new iPad. I also watched a few minutes of "Lost In Translation" on my iPad 2 without wonder what Scarlett Johansson would look like if were watching the same movie on the new iPad.

Bottom line: None of the content you have on an iPad 2 will suddenly look fuzzier even after you've seen something on the new iPad. More importantly, other common iPad activities such as Web surfing, checking email and jumping on to Facebook or Twitter, seem to work the same on either the new or old model.

The new iPad includes one intriguing feature that I wish I could have tried. There's a new microphone icon on the iPad's virtual keyboard that can be pressed to dictate emails or other notes on the device. Just say a few sentences and the new iPad is supposed to automatically type up everything you said. Unfortunately, the room where Apple allowed reporters experiment with the new iPad on Wednesday was too loud for the dictation feature to work effectively.

It seems to me, though, that even the new dictation tool might leave some people pining for something more. Just consider how much more appealing the new iPad would be if Apple had added Siri, the automated personal assistant that has become one of the most popular features on the latest iPhone.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

List of iPad models announced Wednesday

A new Apple iPad is on display using "Dictation" during an Apple event in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. The new iPad features a sharper screen and a faster processor. Apple says the new display will be even sharper than the high-definition television set in the living room. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma.

The Associated Press

There are nine flavors of the new iPad, with different access capabilities and storage amounts:

— Wi-Fi only, 16 gigabytes of storage, $499

— Wi-Fi only, 32GB, $599

— Wi-Fi only, 64GB, $699

— Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connection, 16GB, $629 (separate models for AT&T and Verizon Wireless networks)

— Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connection, 32GB, $729 (separate models for AT&T and Verizon Wireless networks)

— Wi-Fi and 4G cellular connection, 64GB, $829 (separate models for AT&T and Verizon Wireless networks)

The prices are the same as the iPad 2's at launch. On Wednesday, Apple said it is cutting the older version's prices by $100. It will cost $399 for the basic W-Fi model and $529 with cellular connection on the older 3G network. Both versions have 16GB of storage. Models of the iPad 2 with more storage will be discontinued.

Pre-orders begin Wednesday. It will go on sale on March 16 in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

At a Glance: The new iPad vs. competitors

Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller talks about the new iPad during an event in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma.

The Associated Press

Apple starts selling its new iPad in the U.S. and several other countries on March 16. Here's a look at the key differences between the new iPad and leading competitors:

New Apple iPad:

— Price: Starts at $499 for 16 gigabytes of storage, goes up to $699 for 64 gigabytes, more for versions with cellular data access.

— Screen size: 9.7 inches diagonally

— Screen resolution: 2048 by 1536 pixels

— Weight: 1.44 pounds

— Cameras: 5-megapixel camera on back and a low-resolution camera on front, for videoconferencing

— Battery life: 10 hours.

Pros: Unmatched access to third-party applications, high-quality Apple software and the iTunes store. Unique high-resolution screen. Widest range of cases and accessories available. Available with access to fast "4G" wireless broadband networks.

Cons: Available in only one screen size. Relatively expensive. Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards.

Amazon Kindle Fire:

— Price: $199 for 6 gigabytes of storage

— Screen size: 7 inches diagonally

— Screen resolution: 1024 by 600 pixels

— Weight: 0.9 pounds

— Cameras: none

— Battery life: 8 hours.

Pros: Cheap and portable. Convenient access to Amazon store.

Cons: No-frills tablet lacks camera and microphone. Small selection of third-party applications available from Amazon. Available in only one screen size. Data storage cannot be expanded with memory cards. No option for wireless broadband.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1:

— Price: $399 for 16 gigabytes of storage

— Screen size: 10.1 inches diagonally (other sizes available)

— Screen resolution: 1280 by 800 pixels

— Weight: 1.24 pounds

— Cameras: 2-megapixel front, 3-megapixel back.

— Battery life: 9 hours.

Pros: Lighter, thinner and cheaper than iPad. Longer, narrower screen better suited to movies. Available with wireless broadband access. Storage is expandable with SD memory cards. Loads memory cards from cameras, without accessories.

Cons: Selection of third-party applications not as good as iPad's, but wider than Kindle's. Screen resolution lower than iPad's.

Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet:

— Price: $199 for 8 gigabytes of storage, $249 for 16 gigabytes

— Screen size: 7 inches diagonally (other sizes available)

— Screen resolution: 1024 by 600 pixels

— Weight: 0.9 pounds

— Cameras: None.

— Battery life: 11.5 hours.

Pros: Cheap and portable. Storage is expandable with microSD memory cards. Easy access to Barnes & Noble book store.

Cons: Selection of third-party applications is small. Barnes & Noble lacks wide range of content.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Apple lets movies into iCloud, upgrades Apple TV

Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller talks about the new iPad during an event in San Francisco, Wednesday, March 7, 2012. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apple is making it easier for people who buy movies through iTunes to play them on the various devices they own.

Apple said Wednesday that customers can now save some movies on its iCloud remote storage service. That system lets devices such as the iPad and the iPhone retrieve content wirelessly. Before, if you bought a movie on one device to play on another, you needed to connect both to a personal computer with a physical cord. ICloud does away with

The change also means people will be able to watch purchased movies on an improved Apple TV set-top box going on sale next week.

That development should allay frustration consumers have had with digital purchases of movies, which could be bought on iPads and iPhones, but couldn't be stored on the Apple TV device because it has no hard drive. Apple TV owners had been limited to renting movies until now.

"ICloud now supports movies, starting today," Apple CEO Tim Cook said at a packed presentation in San Francisco.

Previously, Apple's iCloud saved only users' songs, photos and documents on its computer servers.

Apple's head of Internet services, Eddy Cue, demonstrated how the movie system would work using a new Apple TV set-top box. The device will now be able to play movies in the "1080p" format, the highest-resolution video standard in common use. Previously, Apple TV could only play back movies in "720p."

The small box, which comes with a remote, will still cost $99. The upgraded version will go on sale next week. The box will continue to offer online movie streaming services that require monthly subscriptions such as Netflix. On Wednesday, Netflix Inc. said customers will be able to sign up for its service directly from an Apple TV box and pay for it through an iTunes account.

Movies from Sony Corp. and the Walt Disney Co. will work on iCloud.

But those from Comcast Corp.'s Universal Pictures and News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox won't initially be available because of existing deals with Time Warner Inc.'s premium pay TV channel, HBO.

HBO's policy is to prevent studios from selling movies on iTunes when the movies are playing on its service, which usually begins within a year of their theatrical release. Consumers who buy movies before they start playing on HBO will be allowed to access them through iCloud.

HBO made an exception for sister company Warner Bros. to participate in iCloud in this way, and it will likely do the same for Universal and Fox, said HBO spokesman Jeff Cusson. (Warner Bros. declined comment.)

"Like with any other technological enhancement, we've always been able to find common ground with our studio partners and I'm sure we'll have the same result here," Cusson said.

The announcement comes about a week before five Hollywood studios including Sony, Warner Bros. and Fox are to announce that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will become a partner for an alternative standard of saving movie purchases online called UltraViolet.

Studios are trying boost digital purchases of movies as DVD sales continue to slip. Hollywood believes that digital sales will only increase rapidly if it gives consumers a way to access their purchases on multiple devices easily. For now, Apple's iCloud and the studios' UltraViolet will not be compatible with each other.

The movie announcement came at an Apple event where Cook also revealed a new iPad that has higher screen resolution than the previous model and can work on faster 4G cellular networks.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Will Apple buck the Steve Jobs legacy at launch of the new iPad?

In this Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 file photo, a man walks past an advertisement of Apple's iPad 2 in Shanghai, China. Chinese media reports said Monday, March 5, 2012, a major creditor of Proview Electronics, which is challenging Apple Inc.'s use of the iPad trademark, has moved to have the ailing computer monitor maker liquidated. Reports by the Xinhua News Agency and other mainland media said Taiwan-based Fubon Insurance is seeking $8.68 million in debts. AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko.

The Drum

When Apple reveals its latest iPad today in California , no-one doubts it will help the company maintain its dominance in the tablet market. But how the company responds to would -be rivals — most notably the Kindle Fire from Amazon — "could become an indicator as to how closely it plans to hew to the vision of the late Steve Jobs," says the Wall Street Journal. Are the company's current managers willing to take a different road? First the new iPad itself: Rumour No 1: The new iPad will have a faster, quad-core processor and a high-resolution display similar to the "Retina display" in the company's iPhone and iPod Touch products. Rumour No 2: It will have the Siri voice system as on the iPhone 4S. Rumour No 3: The new iPad will be able to connect to 4G LTE networks .The iPhone 5, is expected to be an LTE device when it comes out later this year. Rumour No 4: A smaller iPad will be announced. This would be in response to the Kindle Fire, which Amazon launched in November with a 7-inch screen compared to the nearly 10-inch screen on the iPad. The cheapest Kindle Fire is t $200 — about 60% cheaper than the lowest-priced iPad. And this is where adherence to the Steve Jobs legacy enters the scene. ...More

Apple expected to unveil new iPad
Sky News
Apple may reveal a new version of its iPad, in the company's first major media event since the death of Steve Jobs. In typical Apple style, little has been revealed about what will be unveiled at an arts centre in San Francisco on Wednesday, igniting a wildfire of rumours in the online technology world. A picture on press invitations, and Apple's usual product cycle, makes it a virtually sure bet that the star of the event will be a third-generation model of its market-ruling iPad tablet computer. 'All signs point to a new version of iPad,' Gartner analyst Michael Gartenberg told AFP. ...More

Steve Jobs Biographer: I Deliberately Left Out Apple TV Details
Mashable Tech
By Lauren Indvik
In a talk show interview aired in Brazil Monday, Walter Isaacson said he purposely left out details about Apple’s forthcoming TV product in his biography of Steve Jobs. “I left a few things out of the book,” Isaacson said on the set of Roda Vida. “Not much, but a few things like what [Jobs] thought Apple TV should be, because Apple hadn’t yet done it and I felt that was maybe unfair to Apple before they produce a TV for me to be reporting what Steve thought it should be.” Interest in a potential TV set has been mounting since the authorized ...More

Apple offered to license its patents to Android handset makers at $15 a pop
Ars Technica
By Chris Foresman
Though Steve Jobs famously told biographer Walter Isaacson that he was willing to go "thermonuclear" on Android, it appears the Apple has offered to license some of its patents to Motorola and Samsung in order to limit the ongoing patent litigation between the smartphone makers. According to sources speaking to Dow Jones Newswires, Apple has offered to license its smartphone-related patents in exchange for royalty payments, "among other terms," in order to settle some or all of the pending lawsuits involving Samsung and Motorola. ...More

Apple's Unethical Innovation
By: Dick Meister
Apple's position as a worldwide leader in technological innovation has brought huge rewards to those who run the company or own stock in it, and has raised co-founder Steve Jobs to demigod status. But the men and women who manufacture Apple's highly profitable products are not doing well – and the AFL-CIO wants very much for that to change. "When it comes to technology," notes AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, " Apple has revolutionized its industry and set a standard other companies aspire to meet. ...More

Steve Jobs' Television Vision For Apple

Apple Computer's CEO Steve Jobs gives a sneak peek of a new device to be launched next year, code named, iTV during a media event at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts Theatre in San Francisco, California Tuesday, 12 September 2006. The new device hooks up to a large screen tv, and wirelessly connects to your Mac to view movies, itunes, etc… EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO.

By Lee Hester

Before his death last fall, Steve Jobs had turned his attention toward a fourth industry he had targeted to revolutionize. Television. Already having revolutionized the personal computer industry, digital music and mobile communications, Television was next on his horizon. Steve Job's vision, according to Walter Issacson in his biography of the founder of Apple, was to develop and create an integrated device built on the intuitive design interface made famous by Apple and combined with seamless access to a user's media library. Jobs told Issacson he’d cracked it and that the world would see the fruits of his vision by the end of the year. Apple has had a small set-top box that allows users to download movies from the iTune store for years. Until now the initiative had been considered “a hobby” by company executives, but Apple appears to be accelerating work on a TV product and solution. The company is planning to introduce a streaming TV service by Christmas according to a recent report in the New York Post. Apple is exploring the possibility of offering TV channels as “apps.” The idea is based on the success of the application-based software model that has been so successful and popular for the iPhone. Only hold up appears to be getting the big entertainment content companies to allow their property to be distributed by Apple. It’s the same scenario Apple faced with record labels with iTunes over a decade ago. ...More

China Mobile hooks 15 million iPhones to 2G. Steve Jobs was right?
The Register
By: Bill Ray
China Mobile now has 15 million iPhone users on its network, despite its customers being limited to 2G connections and the handset only having been on sale since August last year. Not that the Chinese waited for the official release: more than seven million of them had already imported iPhones despite the lack of official support, and the fact that they were limited to 2G connectivity. But these days China Unicom and China Telecom both have 3G networks compatible with Apple's Jesus mobe, which makes it all the more remarkable ...More

iPads used to boost executive egos
Financial Review
Ego driven ... Steve Jobs’ ubiquitous iPad has boosted egos in boardrooms around the world but it’s soaring popularity is dulling its impact. One in 10 legal and accounting professionals buys tablet devices like Apple’s iPad as status symbols, Thomson Reuters research found. The Mobile Device Usage survey asked 324 senior staff and partners in mid to large law and accounting firms about their use and opinion of tablet devices. When asked for the main reasons why they used tablets in the work place, 62 per cent said working on the move ...More

iPhone app sparks awesome response, says Steve Jobs co-worker
Amateur Photographer
By: Chris Cheesman
The software developer behind a hit photography application for the Apple iPhone has expressed regret that his former colleague Steve Jobs did not live to see its launch. Chris MacAskill says his 'Camera Awesome' application has proved to be the Apple Store's second most popular application over the past five days, with 1.5m 'instals' since its launch last week. 'We wanted Steve [Jobs] to see it before he died but it was harder to deliver than we thought,' said MacAskill who worked closely with Jobs as director of Developer Relations at NeXT Computers. ...More

Will IPads Take over Classrooms for K-12?
Caribbean Media Vision
Before his death last year, Steve Jobs wanted to see classrooms where students used their iPads to gather information, with nary a textbook in sight. In January, Apple released the iBook 2 with the intention that it would help fulfill Jobs’ vision by functioning as a digital textbook. After all, the company has been working with three major textbook publishers with an eye towards K-12 education; they’ve spent time and precious advertising dollars trumpeting the bells and whistles of the iBook. But many educators are not impressed. ...More

iPad 3, iPad HD? Seeing is believing
By: David Needle
So what will we see Wednesday when Apple unveils the long-rumored iPad 3? In fact, it may not be an iPad 3 at all; the latest reports indicate Apple’s next iPad will be called the iPad HD. What’s important about the HD name, if true, is that it says Apple wants to promote the higher resolution display as the most prominent new feature in this latest iPad. Analysts interviewed by TabTimes say that may well be the case. The expectation is that the new iPad will have double the resolution to 2048 x 1536 of the current iPad 2 in the same 9.7 ...More

Apple flaunts 25B App Store downloads
By: Gregg Keizer
Apple today announced that a Chinese woman had been awarded a $10,000 iTunes gift card for downloading the 25 billionth app from the company's iOS App Store. The milestone was set when Chunli Fu of Qingdao, China, downloaded "Where's My Water? Free" from the App Store. The game is published by Walt Disney, which had ties to Apple through former CEO Steve Jobs, who was the largest Disney shareholder after he sold Pixar Animation Studios to the entertainment giant in 2006 for a reported $7.4 billion. ...More

Apple may be world's most admired company, but some Florida companies are not too far behind

Preview of the new Apple Store in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 01 March 2012. The new store, the first in the Benelux, opens its doors on 03 March. EPA/ADE JOHNSON.

By Robert Trigaux, Times Business Columnist

Okay, so not every company can be Apple, an innovation machine valued at a half-trillion dollars. Even without Steve Jobs, Apple once again tops Fortune magazine's annual ranking of the "world's most admired" companies. Still, 10 Florida companies made the list. Among them: Tampa Bay's own Tech Data Corp., Raymond James Financial and Jabil Circuit, along with nearby Publix Super Markets. Give deserved kudos to Florida's 10, but let's dig a bit more. What makes the world's most admired businesses worthy of being so respected or, more to the point, worthy of emulating? ...More

Apple's TV Troubles: Same Story Again and Again

By Jared Newman, PCWorld
Before he passed away last October, Steve Jobs claimed to have cracked the code to a TV revolution: Make everything simple to use, sync all content with other devices through the Internet, and do away with clunky remotes and complex lists of cable channels. But to make an Apple television a reality, the company needs more control over TV content. According to a new report from the New York Post, content providers aren't quite as willing to embrace Jobs' vision. Citing unnamed sources, the Post reports that Apple is trying ...More

Floating a tech-city outside immigration's reach

By Brent Bambury, CBC News
Twelve miles off the coast of California there's a vessel that looks like a cruise ship that never moves. Ferries arrive three times a day from the mainland, maybe the occasional helicopter. On board there's an indoor soccer field, a rock climbing wall, biking circuit and a thousand people from all over the globe - China, Croatia, Kazakhstan - who are absolutely convinced they're the next Steve Jobs. But as luxurious as the vessel appears, this is not a ship of leisure. The cabins are work units, and the guests are there to build businesses. ...More

The joy of iPad

By Om Malik
Apple is about to introduce a new iPad. Good - for I need to buy a new one. I left my old one with my mother. When visiting my folks in India, I decided to leave my Macbook Air at home - I didn’t want to write and just wanted to spend some quality time with the family. Instead, I carried my iPad 2. (I don’t leave home without it.) When at home, I did a FaceTime call with my siblings who also live overseas. I handed over the iPad to my mom. She had this look of amazement, one of pure unadulterated joy as she chatted with her grandson. ...More

Steve Jobs Ruled Out 7" iPads

Men walk past an advertisement of Apple's iPad 2 in Shanghai, China. A Chinese court on Wednesday began hearing Apple's appeal of a ruling against its right to use the iPad trademark in China. Apple Inc. is in several legal battles with Proview Electronics Co., which the U.S. company says sold it the rights to the iPad trademark in 10 different countries, including China, in 2009. AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko.


James Paczkowski, writing at All Things D, says the Apple rumor mill has gone too far in predicting an iPad mini: The second report, also from Digitimes, is far less credible and resurfaces long-running rumors that Apple is gearing up to produce a “mini” iPad, a 7.85-inch device to compete with the Kindle Fire and Nook, which have created some demand for tablets with 7-inch displays. It’s widely known that Apple has experimented with an 8-inch iPad that would have a screen resolution similar to the iPad 2. But that doesn’t mean the company intends to ever bring the device to market. As I’ve noted here before, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was a harsh critic of 7-inch tablets. “One naturally thinks that a 7-inch screen would offer 70 percent of the benefits of a 10-inch screen,” Jobs said during a 2010 earnings call. “Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. … The reason we [won't] make a 7-inch tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit [a lower] price point, it’s because we think the screen is too small to express the software.” One thing Steve Jobs never ruled out? A bigger iPhone. As I noted earlier, an iPhablet makes more sense than a Fire-sized iPad. There’s just not that much more you can do with a smaller iPad than you can already do with a the 10-inch model. In fact, there’s quite a bit less functionality. But a larger phone might snag power users who want to be able to do more tablet-style work on their iPhones. What do you think? Will we see a 7.85-in. iPad? Would Apple ever dream of releasing an iPhone with a 5.3″ screen? ...More

Apple and Dividends: WWJD?
By Rachelle Dragani
Eying Apple's enormous cash stash, company investors have been grumbling for a dividend, and recent analysis indicates Apple may be preparing to satisfy them soon. It would be a highly unusual step for the company. Its cofounder and former CEO Steve Jobs insisted on preserving Apple's cash holdings. Should Apple keep his vision in focus, or is it time to turn over a new leaf? Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) is likely planning on tapping its nearly US$100 billion piggy bank to pay investors a dividend, according to information compiled by Bloomberg. ...More

Biden: China too authoritarian to beat U.S.
Vice President Joe Biden’s reason for hope in an American economic recovery: authoritarian regimes like China that repress innovation. “Their students are either not allowed or not trained to challenge orthodoxy,” Biden said, pressing the administration’s economic record in an appearance at Iowa State University Thursday. Quoting the old “Think Different” slogan of Apple — and Apple founder Steve Jobs — Biden said that summed up his vision of American innovation. “It’s impossible to think different in a country where you can’t speak freely. ...More

Inside Apple by Adam Lashinsky
Learn how the giant corporation continues to “revolutionize”
By John Michael Bennett
Apple is one of the most well-known brands in the world. Walking through the university, you can see an abundance laptops lit up with the partially bitten apple, indicating that they are of the MacBook variety. Some students have the newest version of Apple’s phone—the iPhone 4S with its Siri application, an automated computer system that responds to voice commands and answers questions. Inside Apple by Adam Lashinsky, a senior editor at Fortune magazine, delves into the operations of the giant corporation. ...More

Looming iPad 3 launch sparks tablet trade-in stampede

A customer trying out an Apple iPad 2, the second-generation of the company's breakthrough post-PC device, at a store in Hong Kong, China. EPA/YM YIK.


Talk of the impending debut of Apple's newest iPad, including the company's announcement yesterday of a March 7 launch event in San Francisco, has pushed tablet trade-in volumes to record levels, buy-back companies said today. Their reports were consistent with those from online auctioneer eBay, which said that it had fielded 10 times more tablet trade-in offers -- nearly 98% of which were for iPads -- on its Instant Sale site this month than during the same stretch last year before the iPad 2's debut. "People are very eager for the iPad 3," said Anthony Scarsella, the chief gadget officer of Gazelle, attributing that enthusiasm for a 500% jump in quotes that his company has served compared to last month. "The jump in volume happened a lot earlier than last year for the iPad." Gazelle is one of several companies that purchase older devices, including smartphones and tablets, from users, then refurbish and resell them direct to consumers via eBay and, as well as to wholesalers. ...More

Mike Daisey's Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs Tops 60,000 Downloads; Chicago Premiere Scheduled

A portrait of Steve Jobs, featured on the frontpage of the Apple website and seen an iPhone screen, is reflected on the back side of another iPhone in Berlin, Germany, 06 October 2011. Co-founder and long-standing head of Apple died on 05 October 2011 at the age of 56 in California. Jobs battled pancreatic cancer for many years. EPA/ARNO BURGI.

By Adam Hetrick

Since acclaimed monologist Mike Daisey announced that he would make the transcript of his latest work, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, available for free online, tens of thousands of individuals have downloaded the script with productions set to roll out across the country. A representative for Daisey said that within the first 48 hours of Agony and the Ecstacy's online publication Feb. 21, over 42,000 individuals had downloaded the script. The figure had risen to over 60,000 as of Feb. 24. Daisey made a bold move to allow individuals to download and perform the work without paying royalities via his website Among the first people to perform the work is actor Lance Baker, who will offer the Chicago premiere of The Agony and the Ecstasy as a benefit for A Red Orchid Theatre on March 5. ...More

Disney's new 'John Carter' film dedicated to Steve Jobs
Apple Insider
By Josh Ong
Walt Disney Pictures' soon-to-be-released film "John Carter," directed by Pixar's Andrew Stanton, is dedicated to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs because Stanton didn't want too much time to pass without giving him "permanent acknowledgment." The closing credits of "John Carter," which arrives in theaters March 9, will feature a card with the text: "Dedicated to the Memory of Steve Jobs, an Inspiration to Us All," /Film reported on Tuesday. The live-action film follows the titular character's adventures on Mars and is based on the ...More

Two Years Ago Steve Jobs Called Warren Buffett And Asked For Investment Advice
A great anecdote from Warren Buffett's appearance on CNBC, Monday, Feb. 27, involved Steve Jobs. Two years ago Steve Jobs called up Buffett and said "We've got all this cash. Warren, what should we do with it? After discussing several options, Buffett recommended repurchasing Apple stock, which Jobs said he knew was undervalued. Jobs didn't take his advice, deciding instead to sit on his cash. At the time Apple stock was trading around $200. Now it trades at $522. Buffett says about the company: "I've never bought Apple, but I wish I had." ...More

FBI file: Steve Jobs was considered for government post

In this April 4, 1991, file photo, Steve Jobs of NeXT Computer Inc. poses for the press with his NeXTstation color computer at the NeXT facility in Redwood City, Calif. FBI background interviews of some people who knew Jobs, who founded Apple in the 1970s, reveal a man so driven by power that he sometimes lost sight of honesty. The newly released FBI interviews conducted in 1991 were part of a background check for an appointment to the President's Export Council during George H.W. Bush's administration. AP Photo/Ben Margot, File.

PETE YOST,Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI background interviews of some people who knew Apple co-founder Steve Jobs reveal a man driven by power and alienating some of the people who worked with him.

In the FBI documents released Thursday, many of those who knew Jobs praised him, speaking highly of Jobs' character and integrity and asserting that he always conducted his business dealings in a reputable manner. They recommended him for a post during the George H.W. Bush administration.

The 1991 interviews were part of a background check for an appointment to the President's Export Council.

The Commerce Department confirmed Thursday that Jobs did serve on the council during the first Bush administration.

Export council members serve in an unpaid capacity and meet at least twice a year, advising the president on trade policy.

One person told FBI agents the Apple co-founder's enormous power caused him to lose sight of honesty and integrity, leading him to distort the truth.

Another interview subject described Jobs to the FBI as a deceptive person - someone who was not totally forthright and honest and as having a tendency to distort reality in order to achieve his goals.

However, one former business associate who had a falling out with Jobs said that, while honest and trustworthy, Jobs nonetheless had questionable moral character.

The ex-business associate said he had not received stock that would have made him a wealthy man and that he felt bitter toward Jobs and felt alienated from him.

"Mr. Jobs alienated a lot of people at" Apple Computer Inc. "as a result of his ambition," an FBI agent wrote in an interview summary.

Two people associated with Jobs at Apple told the FBI that Jobs possessed integrity as long as he got his way. They did not elaborate, the FBI agent wrote.

Previously known parts of Jobs' life surfaced in the FBI interviews.

One person told the FBI that Jobs had a child out of wedlock and basically abandoned the mother and their daughter. The interview subject added that more recently Jobs had been supportive of them. Jobs publicly acknowledged his out-of-wedlock child.

Another interview subject told an agent that Jobs used illegal drugs, including marijuana and LSD, while in college. Jobs also publicly acknowledged drug use as a young adult.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Neil Young: Steve Jobs listened to vinyl

Canadian singer songwriter Neil Young (L) sits with his daughter Amber at the 40th annual Juno Awards for Canadian music in Toronto, Canada, on 27 March 2011. EPA/SARAH DEA.


Legendary rocker Neil Young took his campaign for higher-fidelity digital sound to the stage of a technology conference Tuesday, saying a giant of the industry was on his side: the late Steve Jobs. Young said the Apple co-founder was such a fan of music that he didn't use his iPod and its digitally compressed files at home. Instead, he used a physical format well-known to have better sound. "Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music. His legacy is tremendous," Young said. "But when he went home, he listened to vinyl (albums)." Young told the "D: Dive Into Media" conference Tuesday that he spoke with Jobs about creating a format that has 20 times the fidelity of files in the most current digital formats, including MP3. Such a format, he said, would contain 100% of the data of music as it is created in a studio, as opposed to 5% in compressed formats including Apple's AAC. Each song would be huge, and a new storage and playback device might only hold 30 albums. Each song would take about 30 minutes to download, which is fine if you leave your device on overnight, he said. ...More

Warner Music Group CEO: Steve Jobs Got the Best of Us
Hollywood Reporter
The iTunes Store is great. But in the negotiations between music executives and Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the latter certainly came out on top, according to Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr. "If you look at the market cap increase in Apple since it created the iPod versus what's happened to the music industry, you have to say Apple got the better part of that deal," Bronfman said Tuesday at the D: Dive Into Media conference in Laguna Niguel. At the close of trading on Tuesday, Apple's market cap was $426 billion. ...More

Steve Jobs told Google to stop poaching workers

Apple CEO Steve Jobs watches demonstrations of new applications for the iPhone, before he introduced the new Apple 3G iPhone, during his keynote speech at the World Wide Developers Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, USA, 09 June 2008. The Apple iPhone will be lower in price and available in more countries. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO.

Sydney Morning Herald

Apple's Steve Jobs directly asked former Google chief executive Eric Schmidt to stop trying to recruit an Apple engineer, a transgression that threatened one junior Google employee's job, according to a court filing. The 2007 email from Jobs to Schmidt was disclosed on Friday in the course of civil litigation against Apple, Google and five other technology companies. The proposed class action, brought by five software engineers, accuses the companies of conspiring to keep employee compensation low by eliminating competition for skilled labour. In 2010, Google, Apple, Adobe, Intel, Intuit and Walt Disney's Pixar unit agreed to a settlement of a US Justice Department probe that bars them from agreeing to refrain from poaching each other's employees. According to an unredacted court filing made public in the civil litigation on Friday, the now-deceased Jobs emailed Schmidt in March 2007 about an attempt by a Google employee to recruit an Apple engineer. Schmidt was also an Apple board member at the time. "I would be very pleased if your recruiting department would stop doing this," Jobs wrote. Schmidt forwarded Jobs's email onto other, undisclosed recipients. ...More

Dying Jobs kept letter from Gates at bedside
CBS News
Here's just the latest reported evidence that the late Steve Jobs and Bill Gates had a strong relationship at the time of the Apple icon's death. Microsoft's co-founder told The Telegraph that yes, the two had some stormy days as fierce competitors. But things changed around 2007 when Gates left Microsoft to set up his foundation and the two did an event together (presumably referring to the D Conference in 2007). Before Jobs' death in October, Gates said he paid him a long visit. "We spent literally hours reminiscing and talking about the future." ...More

Inside Apple: one of the most secretive organisations in the world
A 12,000-person mile-round glass mothership is about to land in the heart of Silicon Valley. Futuristic, with its own self-contained electricity plant: plans for Apple’s new disc-shaped headquarters encompass the lasting legacy of the late Steve Jobs – a slick design, with an uber-efficient core. Over the years dozens of technophiles, seduced by three decades of technological smut, have made the pilgrimage to One Infinite Loop, Apple’s current base in Cupertino, in the hope of getting under the skin of the highly-secretive company. ...More

Steve Jobs's Wife to Join Michelle Obama at State of the Union

A portrait of Steve Jobs, featured on the frontpage of the Apple website and seen an iPhone screen, is reflected on the back side of another iPhone in Berlin, Germany, 06 October 2011. Co-founder and long-standing head of Apple died on 05 October 2011 at the age of 56 in California. Jobs battled pancreatic cancer for many years. EPA/ARNO BURGI.

PC Magazine

Among the guests who will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama at tonight's State of the Union address will be Steve Jobs's widow, Laurene Powell Jobs, the White House revealed today. According to a list posted by Time, Jobs will be joined by Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, and retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, among others. Laurene Powell Jobs is the founder of Emerson Collective, which focuses on helping those in underserved communities build better lives, a White House bio said. In December 2010, Jobs was named to the White House Council for Community Solutions, which advises the president on the best ways to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to solve specific community needs. After Steve Jobs passed away on Oct. 5, President Obama said in a statement that he "was among the greatest of American innovators - brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe ...More

Apple blows past expectations in first post-Steve Jobs report‎
Shares jump nearly 9% in after-hours trading on record sales of $46.33 billion, record profit of $13 billion, record 37 million iPhones, 15.4 million iPads, 5.2 million Macs Everybody was counting on Apple (AAPL) to report record earnings, but nobody -- not even the most bulling independent analysts – predicted anything like the blowout the company just reported. Trading was halted at 4:27 p.m. after Apple's shares had closed at $420.50, down $6.91 (1.62%) for the day. When trading reopened about 25 minutes later ...More

Apple starts selling interactive iPad textbooks

An Apple employee demonstrates an interactive feature of iBooks 2 for iPad, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 in New York. IBooks 2 will be able to display books with videos and other interactive features. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan.

PETER SVENSSON,AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple Inc. on Thursday launched its attempt to make the iPad a replacement for a satchel full of textbooks by starting to sell electronic versions of a handful of standard high-school books.

The electronic textbooks, which include "Biology" and "Environmental Science" from Pearson and "Algebra 1" and "Chemistry" from McGraw-Hill, contain videos and other interactive elements.

But it's far from clear that even a company with Apple's clout will be able to reform the primary and high-school textbook market. The printed books are bought by schools, not students, and are reused year after year, which isn't possible with the electronic versions. New books are subject to lengthy state approval processes, making the speed and ease with which ebooks can be published less of an advantage.

Major textbook publishers have been making electronic versions of their products for years, but until recently, there hasn't been any hardware suitable to display them. PCs are too expensive and cumbersome to be good e-book machines for students. Dedicated e-book readers like the Kindle have small screens and can't display color. IPads and other tablet computers work well, but iPads cost at least $499. Apple didn't reveal any new program to defray the cost of getting the tablet computers into the hands of students.

All this means textbooks have lagged the general adoption of e-books, even when counting college-level works that students buy themselves. Forrester Research said e-books accounted for only 2.8 percent of the $8 billion U.S. textbook market in 2010.

Pearson PLC of Britain and The McGraw-Hill Cos. of New York are two of the three big companies in the U.S. textbook market. The third, Boston-based Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, also plans to supply books to Apple's store, but none were immediately available.

The new textbooks are legible with a new version of the free iBooks application, which became available Thursday.

The textbooks will cost $15 or less, said Phil Schiller, Apple's head of marketing. He unveiled the books at an event at New York's Guggenheim Museum. Schools will be able to buy the books for its students and issue redemption codes to them, he said.

Albert Greco, a professor of marketing at Fordham University in New York and a former high-school principal, said schools would need to buy iPads for its students if it were to replace printed books.

It wouldn't work to let students who can afford to buy their own iPads use them in class with textbooks they buy themselves, alongside poorer students with printed books.

"The digital divide issue could be very embarrassing. Because if you don't have the iPad, you can't do the quiz, you don't get instant feedback ... that is an invitation for a lawsuit," Greco said. "I would be shocked if any principal or superintendent would let that system go forward."

Greco said hardback high-school textbooks cost an average of about $105, and a freshman might need five of them. However, they last for five years.

That means that even if an iPad were to last for five years in the hands of students, the e-books plus the iPad would cost more than the hardback textbooks.

At the private Xavier High School in New York, student Omar Soria welcomed the idea of getting rid of printed textbooks.

"They get pretty heavy, about maybe one pound per textbook. And depending on all the other books, which is binders and notebooks, it can get pretty heavy," he said.

Apple also released an app for iTunes U, which has been a channel for colleges to release video and audio from lectures, through iTunes. The app will open that channel to K-through-12 schools, and will let teachers present outlines, post notes and communicate with students in other ways.

Greco called the new app "a shot across the bow" of Blackboard Inc., a privately held company that provides similar electronic tools to teachers. It, too, has applications for cellphones and tablets.

Apple also revealed iBook Author, an application for Macs that lets people create electronic textbooks.

According to biographer Walter Isaacson, reforming the textbook market was a pet project of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, even in the last year of his life. At a dinner in early 2011, Jobs told News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch that the paper textbooks could be made obsolete by the iPad. Jobs wanted to circumvent the state certification process for textbook sales by having Apple release textbooks for free on the tablet computer.

Jobs died in October after a long battle with cancer.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Obama sparred with Steve Jobs over outsourcing
The New York Times reports on a terse exchange that President Obama had with the late Steve Jobs last February over why Apple couldn't produce its products in America: But as Steven P. Jobs of Apple spoke, President Obama interrupted with an inquiry of his own: what would it take to make iPhones in the United States? Not long ago, Apple boasted that its products were made in America. Today, few are. Almost all of the 70 million iPhones, 30 million iPads and 59 million other products Apple sold last year were manufactured overseas. ...More

Apple Said to Plan Digital-Textbook Push to Bolster IPad Use in Schools

Former Pennsylvania Senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is photographed using an iPad during a campaign stop at the Tilt'n Diner in Tilton, New Hampshire, USA 05 January 2012. Republican candidates will campaign over the next week in New Hampshire leading up to the New Hampshire Primary on 10 January 2012. EPA/MATT CAMPBELL.


Apple Inc. (AAPL) has been selling thousands of iPads to grade schools since its 2010 debut. Now it plans to beef up the educational content available for the tablet so teachers and students find those purchases worthwhile. At an event in New York tomorrow, Apple will announce a set of tools that make it easier to publish interactive textbooks and other digital educational content, said two people with knowledge of the announcement, who requested anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly. The plans, to be unveiled by Apple Internet software chief Eddy Cue, are aimed at broadening the educational materials available for the iPad, especially for students in kindergarten to 12th grade, the people said. By setting its sights on the $10 billion-a-year textbook industry, Apple is using the tablet to encourage students to shun costly tomes that weigh down backpacks in favor of less-expensive, interactive digital books that can be updated anywhere via the Web. ...More

Steve Jobs awarded patent for episodic TV on the Apple TV
According to Patently Apple, Apple has been awarded a patent that it filed over five years ago related to sorting episodic TV content on the Apple TV. Steve Jobs himself is among the people credited with the patent, which on the surface merely appears to describe the sorting features already present in the Apple TV's interface. Patently Apple dug a bit deeper, though, and found an interesting tidbit referring to menus that "correspond to television shows that have either been recorded from a broadcast or purchased from a content provider. ...More

Steve Jobs action figure pulled from market

Children play with dolls depicting Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee (L) and the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at the 2011 Seoul Doll Fair at a convention center in Seoul, South Korea, 23 December 2011. EPA/STF.

Associated Press
The company that began advertising for an incredibly lifelike Steve Jobs doll won't sell the figurines after all because of pressure from family and Apple lawyers. In Icons had planned to offer the 1-foot-tall, lifelike figure dressed in Jobs' trademark black mock turtleneck, rimless glasses and jeans. But the San Jose Mercury News reports the company posted a statement on its website Sunday saying it had received "immense pressure" to drop the plan and made the decision out of its "heartfelt sensitivity to the feelings of the Jobs family." The iconic Apple co-founder died Oct. 5 of complications from pancreatic cancer. In Icons had intended to start shipping the doll in February. The company says any money received for pre-orders will be returned.

Steve Wozniak: Android has leapt ahead of Apple in many ways
In 1976, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple, a company that would grow into one of the most innovative and valuable in the world. With the iPhone, Apple brought smartphones into the mainstream and quickly turned into a mobile company. Soon after Google released the company’s Android operating system, which spread like wildfire, Jobs vowed to destroy Android and considered it a cheesy knockoff of his device, but a stolen product. However, Woz has taken an opposite approach and praised both operating systems. ...More

Ex-Apple boss Sculley sets record straight on Jobs

Eric Schimdt, CEO of Google (R) and John Sculley, Partner in Sculley Bros. attends the fourth day of Allen and Company's 27th Annual Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley Idaho, USA July 10, 2009. EPA/PETER FOLEY.

BBC News

Apple's former chief executive John Sculley is perhaps best known as the man who first mentored and then clashed with Steve Jobs, leading to the late co-founder's exit from the firm in 1985. Mr Sculley was ultimately forced out himself by Apple's board in 1993. Since then he been an active investor and director in several tech companies including Audax Health. He attended this year's Consumer Electronics Show to promote the firm's Careverge healthcare social network and its young chief executive who he now advises. "Because of his experience at Apple and Pepsi he has been able to help me as a founding CEO... he has been fundamentally critical to changing the business and we've built a fantastic relationship as a result of it," Audax's founder Grant Verstandig says. According to Steve Jobs' biographer, Walter Isaacson, Mr Sculley and Mr Jobs' relationship also started off well. But as the book makes clear neither man emerged untarnished from their subsequent falling out - something the BBC put to Mr Sculley. ...More

Steve Jobs introducing the first iPhone (MacWorld 2007)

Last week Steve Jobs was a doll, this week, a comic book‎

A boy looks at content on a macbook in an Apple store in Beijing, China, 10 January 2012. A group of nine Chinese writers are suing Apple Inc for copyright infringements, alleging that Apple allows its users to download pirated books through its platform App Store. The group are demanding compensation totaling 12 million yuan (1.48 million euros). EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG.


BANG! POW! SIMPLIFYING THE USER EXPERIENCE! Steve Jobs is being immortalized yet again, this time in comic book form. The comic book is titled “Steve Jobs: Founder of Apple and is scheduled to hit Amazon as well as physical newsstands and comic books stores on Wednesday. Soon after Jobs’ death in October, people became hungry for more on his life story. Walter Isaacson’s biography was hugely anticipated, but despite its completeness, people still wanted more. Talks about unpublished interviews and plans Jobs may have left behind are still circling among the Apple fan crowd. What’s the next natural step? Make the story a cartoon. Publisher Bluewater decided to create the book based on its previous success with another hot name in Silicon Valley: Mark Zuckerberg. The Jobs comic book is 32 pages long and chronicles his experience with Apple from the beginning. It does not, however ...More

Apple's Tim Cook ranked nation's highest-paid CEO for 2011
Los Angeles Times
Tim Cook could well end up being the highest-paid chief executive in the U.S. in 2011 after Apple Inc. granted him 1 million restricted stock units in August for taking the reins shortly before co-founder Steve Jobs died. An Associated Press review of a securities filing shows that Cook's pay package was valued at $378 million. The vast majority came in a grant of 1 million restricted stock units worth $376 million at the time. Half of the stock units will vest in August 2016, the other half in August 2021. ...More

Tim Cook takes iPhone where Steve Jobs couldn't‎
In one Samsung iPhone-mocking "Next Big Thing" commercial, an Apple fan laments: "If it looks the same, how will people know I upgraded?" Maybe that's the point of iPhone 4S -- people aren't suppose to know whether you have the new or older model. If that's the intention, and not some dumb-luck circumstance, then Apple CEO Tim Cook deserves high praise for brilliant, strategic execution. Rather than fraking up by not releasing iPhone 5 last year, Apple may have in iPhone 4S achieved a marketing milestone worthy of industry recognition ...More

Steve Jobs Doll Legal After All

Customers line up in the early morning hours outside the Apple Store for a chance to be one of the first to own a new Apple iPhone 4s in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 14 October 2011. Reports state that thousands queued to get the final gadget unveiled during Steve Jobs' life. Similar queues waited at Apple stores in Sydney, Tokyo, Paris and London as fans gathered to get their hands on the iPhone 4S. EPA/CJ GUNTHER.


It's one thing when a company slaps an Apple logo on their own product, or when Macs or iDevices are bootlegged, but it seems Apple's lawyers will have to learn the lesson that all is fair in war and toys. The freaky-real Steve Jobs doll released by DiD Corps seemed to just be a big target for Apple's legal department. I mean, what was not to litigate over? The doll is just about photo-realistic, it comes with an Apple Macintosh, and it has way too many points of articulation than what should be allowed. Sure enough, Apple acted with great vengeance and furious anger to put a cease and desist on the doll. Though, while they would like to believe they own the likeness of Steve Jobs, it seems that right was reserved only by Jobs himself. According to Cult of Mac, there is no federal law regarding the use of a celebrity's likeness after death, and apparently, only some states have such a law. ...More

Macworld to leave out formal tribute to Steve Jobs
San Francisco Chronicle
In putting together the 28th annual Macworld convention this year, organizers faced a dilemma: How should they acknowledge the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs? Jobs, who died Oct. 5, had been the event's biggest attraction over the years. Although Apple quit exhibiting at the event after the 2009 show, Macworld was the site of some of Jobs' biggest moments. In 2007, in what some say was Jobs' best keynote speech, he introduced the iPhone. In 2008, he unveiled the MacBook Air. Paul Kent, who joined Macworld organizer IDG in 2005 ...More

Apple 'threatens legal action' over Steve Jobs action doll

On the night of Sunday to Monday, the biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs by US author Walter Isaacson was launched in the Apple store in Utrecht, The Netherlands, 24 October 2011. Jobs, who had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, died at the age of 56 at his home in Palo Alto, California, USA, on 05 October 2011. EPA/MICHAEL KOOREN.


The 12-inch figurine, which comes complete with Jobs's trademark blue jeans, sneakers and black turtleneck sweater, was created by Chinese company In Icons and was set for release in February. But 'their efforts have reportedly met with' a legal challenge with Apple allegedly threatening to sue the toy maker unless they cease trading. The legal wrangle is over the likeness of the doll to the late Apple founder, the rights of which the company claims it owns. Apple reportedly stipulates in a letter to the Chinese manufacturer that any toy that resembles the technology company's logo, person's name, appearance or likeness of its products is a criminal offence. Online-auctioning site eBay is already selling the plastic doll at $135 each. The normal retail price would have been $99. The action figure comes with a pair of black socks, some glasses, a leather belt, two apples (one with a bite taken out of it), a bar stool and a "One More Thing" backdrop. ...More

Steve Jobs ignited the revolution in music, film, books and newspapers‎
Irish Examiner
POSSIBLY the most impressive book of last year — the best I read anyway — was about one of the most significant people to have died during 2011. Steve Jobs of Apple was the subject of a stunning biography by Walter Isaacson, so good that it should be recommended reading for anybody studying business, communications, media or technology, and for just about anybody else beyond because those subjects are so important to our daily lives. Jobs is possibly the most important non-political global figure of the early 21st century. ...More

Steve Jobs interviewed just before returning to Apple

Steve Jobs fans must see the Eames film

The biography of the founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, is on a table at Dussmann bookstore in Berlin,Germany, 27 October 2011. The book written by Walter Isaacson is available now in stores. EPA/BRITTAPEDERSEN.


Many of us in Silicon Valley spent the past holiday season reading/finishing up the Steve Jobs biography. The book is supposed to give us insight into the mind of Jobs and how he worked. As an addendum to the book and if you are keen on knowing more about how creatives think & work, I would urge you to find time and watch Eames: The Architect & The Painter, a documentary about Charles & Ray Eames, a husband & wife team of creatives who helped shape how postwar America saw itself. From furniture to data design to corporate messaging - they did it all. And when you are watching the documentary, recall little details from the Jobs book and think about the similarities between the Eames and Steve. They both were very clear in distinguishing what is design and what is style. And more importantly both made simplicity their mantra. The New York Times’ A.O. Scott observes that “Like Walt Disney - and like Steve Jobs - Charles Eames did not share credit.” ...More

Steve Jobs becomes an action figure

Steve Jobs: White charcoal Portrait

New Steve Jobs Action Figure Is So Good It's Freaky

Children play with dolls depicting Samsung Electronics Chairman Lee Kun-hee (L) and the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs at the 2011 Seoul Doll Fair at a convention center in Seoul, South Korea, 23 December 2011. EPA/STF.


This is not the first Steve Jobs, but it's definitely the most realistic. So realistic that it actually freaks me out. It's 12 inches
high (scale 1:6) and comes on full Apple CEO regalia, from the New Balance shoes to the Levi's. If you are a freaky fanboy, you can get it for $100 before the Jobs family send a cease and desist letter to the manufacturers, just like they did with the last one. It also has complements, although not as good as Obama's action figure. I'm not buying this creepy mini-Jobs. But if someone plans to release a full 1:1 scale Phil Schiller teddy bear, I'm game. This thing can move. Here are two famous images. The iPhone doesn't come with the feature, however. Another two classic poses. New Balance shoes, Levi's jeans, different hands and a keynote background. I'm sure many fanboys will not use this one, choosing to reenact full product presentations against a backdrop made of an actual Keynote presentation with all the original images, text and effects. ...More

Apple to honor Steve Jobs on his birthday to launch iPad3‎
News Tribe
A recently report hinted that Apple would release its iPad3 on February 24, in remembrance of the birthday of company’s late co-founder, Steve Jobs. With the first shipment of the iPad 3 expected to exceed four million units, sources close to five Taiwanese manufacturers told the Economic Daily News that the new tablet would launch in February or March. Apparently, there’s a new rumor circulating online about the iPad 3, or the so-called 2012 Apple tablet which could feature a new design, screen and cameras. According to the mill ...More

Stanford archives offer window into Apple origins

In this photo taken Oct. 25, 2011, curator Henry Lowood is shown looking at an old photograph of Steve Jobs at Stanford's Green Library in Stanford, Calif. Historians and entrepreneurs who want to understand the rise of Apple Inc. and its founder Steve Jobs will find a treasure trove of clues in Stanford University's Silicon Valley Archives. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu.

Terence Chea

Associated Press

PALO ALTO, Calf. (AP) - In the interview, Steve Wozniak and the late Steve Jobs recall a seminal moment in Silicon Valley history - how they named their upstart computer company some 35 years ago.

"I remember driving down Highway 85," Wozniak says. "We're on the freeway, and Steve mentions, 'I've got a name: Apple Computer.' We kept thinking of other alternatives to that name, and we couldn't think of anything better."

Adds Jobs: "And also remember that I worked at Atari, and it got us ahead of Atari in the phonebook."

The interview, recorded for an in-house video for company employees in the mid-1980s, was among a storehouse of materials Apple had been collecting for a company museum. But in 1997, soon after Jobs returned to the company, Apple officials contacted Stanford University and offered to donate the collection to the school's Silicon Valley Archives.

Within a few days, Stanford curators were at Apple headquarters in nearby Cupertino, packing two moving trucks full of documents, books, software, videotapes and marketing materials that now make up the core of Stanford's Apple Collection.

The collection, the largest assembly of Apple historical materials, can help historians, entrepreneurs and policymakers understand how a startup launched in a Silicon Valley garage became a global technology giant.

"Through this one collection you can trace out the evolution of the personal computer," said Stanford historian Leslie Berlin. "These sorts of documents are as close as you get to the unmediated story of what really happened."

The collection is stored in hundreds of boxes taking up more than 600 feet of shelf space at the Stanford's off-campus storage facility. The Associated Press visited the climate-controlled warehouse on the outskirts of the San Francisco Bay area, but agreed not to disclose its location.

Interest in Apple and its founder has grown dramatically since Jobs died in October at age 56, just weeks after he stepped down as CEO and handed the reins to Tim Cook. Jobs' death sparked an international outpouring and marked the end of an era for Apple and Silicon Valley.

"Apple as a company is in a very, very select group," said Stanford curator Henry Lowood. "It survived through multiple generations of technology. To the credit of Steve Jobs, it meant reinventing the company at several points."

Apple scrapped its own plans for a corporate museum after Jobs returned as CEO and began restructuring the financially struggling firm, Lowood said.

Job's return, more than a decade after he was forced out of the company he co-founded, marked the beginning of one of the great comebacks in business history. It led to a long string of blockbuster products - including the iPod, iPhone and iPad - that have made Apple one of the world's most profitable brands.

After Stanford received the Apple donation, former company executives, early employees, business partners and Mac enthusiasts have come forward and added their own items to the archives.

The collection includes early photos of young Jobs and Wozniak, blueprints for the first Apple computer, user manuals, magazine ads, TV commercials, company t-shirts and drafts of Jobs' speeches.

In one company video, Wozniak talks about how he had always wanted his own computer, but couldn't get his hands on one at a time when few computers were found outside corporations or government agencies.

"All of a sudden I realized, 'Hey microprocessors all of a sudden are affordable. I can actually build my own,'" Wozniak says. "And Steve went a little further. He saw it as a product you could actually deliver, sell and someone else could use."

The pair also talk about the company's first product, the Apple I computer, which went on sale in July 1976 for $666.66.

"Remember an Apple I was not particularly useable for too much, but it was so incredible to have your own computer," Jobs says. "It was kind of an embarkation point from the way computers had been going in these big steel boxes with switches and lights."

Among the other items in the Apple Collection:

- Thousands of photos by photographer Douglas Menuez, who documented Jobs' years at NeXT Computer, which he founded in 1985 after he was pushed out of Apple.

- A company video spoofing the 1984 movie "Ghost Busters," with Jobs and other executives playing "Blue Busters," a reference to rival IBM.

- Handwritten financial records showing early sales of Apple II, one of the first mass-market computers.

- An April 1976 agreement for a $5,000 loan to Apple Computer and its three co-founders: Jobs, Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, who pulled out of the company less than two weeks after its founding.

- A 1976 letter written by a printer who had just met Jobs and Wozniak and warns his colleagues about the young entrepreneurs: "This joker (Jobs) is going to be calling you ... They are two guys, they build kits, operate out of a garage."

The archive shows the Apple founders were far ahead of their time, Lowood said.

"What they were doing was spectacularly new," he said. "The idea of building computers out of your garage and marketing them and thereby creating a successful business — it just didn't compute for a lot of people."

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Apple Archives document company history

Apple's Steve Jobs Changed the Way We Live‎
Steve Jobs, the innovative co-founder of Apple who transformed personal use of technology as well as entire industries with products such as the iPod, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh computer and the iTunes Store, died Oct. 5. The Apple chairman was 56. The iconic American CEO, whose impact many have compared to auto magnate Henry Ford and Walt Disney -- whom Jobs openly admired -- abruptly stepped down from his position as CEO of Apple in August because of health concerns. He had been suffering from pancreatic cancer and underwent a liver ...More

Steve Jobs' disruptive best-of-television service, revisited

Customers attend an event at mobile carrier SK Telecom Co. in Seoul's Jung Ward, South Korea, late 10 November 2011, to receive Apple Inc's new iPhone 4S smartphone model, for which they have made reservations. EPA/YONHAP.


In late 2009, the Wall Street Journal ran a story that sent shivers through the television industry. Quoting unnamed sources familiar with Apple's (AAPL) negotiations, the Journal reported that CBS (CBS) and ABC (DIS) were seriously considering Steve Jobs' plan to offer TV subscriptions over the Internet. One form those subscriptions might take, according to these sources, was a $30-per-month package of advertising-free shows from a bundle of top cable and broadcast networks -- something Apple was calling the "best of television." Although the Journal reported that Apple was hoping to launch the service in 2010, it met fierce resistance, particularly from cable companies that reap tens of billions each year in advertising dollars and in the fees subscribers pay for access to channels they don't want in order to watch the handful of shows they do. ...More

Apple wants to offer television subscribers customized channel lineups‎
Apple Insider
Apple's anticipated full-fledged television set could offer Internet-based content subscriptions with customized channel lineups, if the company has its way. Customized programming is said to be one of Apple's most desired features for its rumored television set, according to analyst Shaw Wu with Sterne Agee. In Apple's vision, customers would choose whichever channels or shows they want for a monthly subscription fee. "This is obviously much more complicated (than current offerings) from a licensing standpoint," Wu wrote in a note to investors on Wednesday. ...More

Steve Jobs: Prefer thermonuclear war with Google than sharing‎‎
Times of India
Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple Inc, told his biographer that he'd rather wage "thermonuclear war" with Google Inc than make deals to share its technology with the maker of the Android operating system. That was no empty threat. In the 18 months before Jobs died on October 5, Apple sued HTC Corp, Samsung Electronics Co and Motorola Mobility Inc, the three largest Android users. It alleged that the phone makers stole Apple's technology and asked courts to make them stop. Now, as rulings start coming in, it might be time for a detente that helps ...More

Apple 2012 rumor: iTV Q2, iPad 3 Q1, iPhone 5 Q4‎
The Apple [AAPL] future product road map seems a little more clear following a series of revelations across the Christmas weekend, revelations which suggest an iPad 3 model in February, a summer time Apple TV unit and the later introduction of the iPhone 5 just in time for Christmas 2012. Let's take a look at the pack. I think the rumor mill has churned this one around sufficiently that we're all expecting an Apple television next year. Now Digitimes tells us that
manufacturers have begun ramping-up production for the components used ...More

Insights on the writing of Steve Jobs

A man looks at his iPhone next to an Apple logo on the opening day of the new Apple store in Grand Central Station in New York, New York, USA, on 09 December 2011. The store is one of company's largest at over 23,000 square feet. EPA/JUSTIN LANE


Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs has topped The New York Times bestseller's list for eight consecutive weeks now. Earlier in the month I interviewed Isaacson for a sold-out audience of the Commonwealth Club of Northern California in San Francisco. For all that has been written about Isaacson's book and for all the people who have read it, there is plenty left to say. Some highlights I haven't seen explored elsewhere (other than coverage of the Dec. 14 event at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins hotel):* As a "backward-looking biographer," Isaacson has made what appears to be a conscious decision not to judge Steve Jobs's behavior. Isaacson did more than any other writer to document how Jobs treated other people. Yet he clearly states that Jobs's accomplishments outshine his shortcomings. I predict this debate will pick up in intensity, especially as Jobs's behavior comes to be equated with Apple's (AAPL) behavior, and the business community dissects the company's way of doing business as opposed to the man's. (Shameless self-promotion, and thanks to Isaacson for repeatedly pointing this out: I will discuss this topic in my upcoming book, Inside Apple, to be released Jan. 25, 2012.) ...More

The genius of Steve Jobs: It's all in the names‎
Jerusalem Post
The results are in: Some 35% of readers voted the death of Steve Jobs as the biggest technology story of 2011. In second place was political hacking, with almost 23% of the vote. A couple of days before the introduction of what we now know as the iPad, I read a vigorous online debate in which a blogger and dozens of readers were trying to guess the name of the product. Although Apple didn't announce in advance of its January 27, 2010 presentation that it would be introducing the iPad (hard to believe it was barely just two years ago), it was common ...More

Steve Jobs inspires Big Cola brander to follow his heart
Bangkok Post
After spending a decade in Thailand's beverage industry, Big Cola's brand builder, Chanin Thiencharoen, decided to start his own business. Optimus Co was recently set up with 2 million baht in registered capital to engage in brand building and marketing consultancy services for Thai producers. Mr Chanin left Ajethai Co, the producer of Big Cola soft drinks, after he was inspired by Steve Jobs' speech that ended with: "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. You need to have the courage to follow your heart." ...More

Video: Statue of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs unveiled in Hungary
Reuters Video

Report: iPad3 to be launched on Steve Jobs' birthday?

A file photo dated 25 March 2011 showing Anton Weigand from Coburg kissing his new iPad 2 after leaving an Apple-store in Munich, Germany, 25 March 2011. Reports state Apple has suffered a setback in Germany in its worldwide legal war with the makers of Android phones, with US manufacturer Motorola winning a court finding that Apple had breached one of its patents. The Mannheim, Germany, court prohibited Apple from selling or distributing its iPhone and iPad mobile devices, patent analyst Florian Mueller said 09 December 2011, after obtaining the written verdict. Motorola has not yet enforced the injunction, but is entitled to force a halt in German sales of the iPad and iPhone if it posts a bond of 100 million euros (130 million dollars), the text published by Mueller showed. Apple said it would appeal the German ruling. EPA/ANDREAS GEBERT

GMA News

Will the next-generation iPad, Apple Inc.'s popular tablet computer, be launched on the birth anniversary of the late Apple co-founder, the late Steve Jobs on February 24? Taiwan's Central News Agency cited a report by a local Chinese-language newspaper that quoted sources in the supply chain that this may be the case. CNA said the "Economic Daily News" cited its sources in the supply chain that the next iPad could be launched between mid-first quarter and end-March in 2012. A separate article on Apple enthusiast site said Apple has released new products on Jobs' birthday before. "For example, the Thunderbolt MacBook Pros earlier this year, and the re-designed Safari 4 beta in 2009," it said. ...More

Steve Jobs and the 'Think Different' ad: The untold story
By Chris Matyszczyk
Legend has it that Steve Jobs was so involved in the creation of Apple's "Think Different" campaign that he could have -- maybe did -- write the thing himself. So along comes an Apple ad writer to tell us all that this legend should end because it has no legs. Writing for Forbes, Rob Siltanen, one of the creative people involved in winning Apple's business and then developing campaigns from 1997 onward, recounts a very different story of the development of the "Here's to
the Crazy Ones" TV ad that launched the campaign. ...More

Steve Jobs rare footage conducting a presentation in 1980

Steve Jobs Called 'Flakey,' a 'Joker' in 1976 Letter

George Brown, 9, of New York, plays with an iPhone on the opening day of the new Apple store in Grand Central Station in New York, New York, USA, 09 December 2011. The store is one of company's largest at over 2100 square meter. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Hollywood Reporter

It's hard to imagine anyone not wanting to do business with Steve Jobs. But before the late co-founder of Apple became known as technological visionary and creative genius, Jobs failed to make a good first impression on the head of a small advertising agency with whom he was trying to make a deal, Bloomberg reported. In June 1976, a few months after founding Apple with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, Jobs was trying to find a company that would print the manual for their first product, the Apple I computer. At the suggestion of his friend Regis McKenna, the head of a big ad and PR firm, he reached out to Mike Rose, who ran a Los Altos, Calif.-based ad agency. Following their phone conversation, Rose wrote a note to his business partner, telling him he had reservations about Jobs, whom he called a "joker." ...More

Jacob Goldman, Founder Of The Company That Inspired Steve Jobs, Dies At Age 90
Cult of Mac
Many have called Steve Jobs the father of modern computing, but some would argue that the true credit goes to Jacob Goldman, founder of Xerox PARC. Under Goldman’s guidance, Xerox become responsible for the technology that inspired Steve Jobs to create computers like the Lisa. The New York Times is reporting that Jacob Goldman passed away this week at the age of 90. He was Xerox’s chief scientist and founder of the Xerox Corporation’s Palo Alto Research Center — the very place Jobs took his team in December of 1979 ...More

Steve Jobs statue unveiled in Budapest office park

In this photo taken Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, Hungarian sculptor Erno Toth works on a bronze statue of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in his foundry in Budapest, Hungary. Hungarian software company Graphisoft unveiled a bronze statue commemorating the co-founder of Apple on Dec. 21 in recognition of his leadership and vision, and appreciation for Jobs' support of the fledgeling firm while Hungary was still under communist rule. AP Photo/MTI, Zsolt Szigetvary.

Los Angeles Times

The first Steve Jobs statue was unveiled Wednesday in a tech park in Budapest, just two and a half months after the Apple visionary's death. The bronze statue is 6 1/2 feet tall. It was commissioned in mid-October, just days after Jobs died, by Gabor Bojar, the founder of Graphisoft, a Hungarian software company that develops software for architects. The news went out over the PR Newswire and is also displayed prominently on Graphisoft Park's website, but we're choosing to believe that the unveiling of the statue is not solely a publicity stunt for the software company. It turns out that Graphisoft and Jobs had a long history that began in 1984 when Jobs came across some of Graphisoft's software and was impressed enough to help the company out. ...More

This Steve Jobs memorial website can be yours today for only $10 million
By Chris Nerney
So you're scrambling for a last-minute gift for that Apple fanboy in your life -- or maybe you're done gift shopping and want to buy a little something for yourself. If your thought is to get a "Steve Jobs" gift, eBay is the place to go. A veritable mini-industry has sprung up around the late Apple co-founder, who died in early October after a long battle with cancer. Just go to eBay and type in "Steve Jobs" in the search field. I did and got 7,497 results. Just to sort through the clutter, I ordered the results by highest price. Here's the top result ...More

Steve Jobs Wins a Posthumous Grammy
E! Online
Seeing how Steve Jobs helped revolutionize the music industry, it only makes sense that the folks behind the Grammy Awards would acknowledge the celebrated visionary. Sure enough, the Recording Academy announced today that the late CEO and cofounder of Apple is being posthumously honored with one of the organization's Special Merit Awards. In the case of Jobs, who passed away in October at the age of 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, his specific Grammy falls under the Trustees Award category. There's also the Lifetime Achievement Award ...More

Apple's 15 years of NeXT‎
Apple Insider
By Daniel Eran Dilger
Fifteen years ago, Apple announced plans to acquire NeXT Software, a move that would ultimately bring Steve Jobs back to the company he cofounded twenty years earlier. In the decade and a half since the acquisition of NeXT, Apple was completely reinvented as a company, gaining new technology and direction from NeXT while being entirely rethought by a new management team led by Jobs, including many executives and engineers from NeXT. NeXT before Apple: Prior to Apple acquiring the company, NeXT Software had spent three tumultuous years ...More

Google beware: Apple wins patent ruling, more suits could follow

A memorial is shown outside of an Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif. Steve Jobs, the Apple founder and former CEO who invented and masterfully marketed ever-sleeker gadgets that transformed everyday technology, from the personal computer to the iPod and iPhone, died on Oct. 10, 2011. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma.


By Lucas Shaw
Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs wanted to “destroy” Google’s Android for stealing his company’s ideas, and the United States government decided Jobs was right on Monday – at least in one regard. The United States International Trade Commission ruled that HTC, which manufactures phones carrying the Android operating system, violated one of Apple’s patents, potentially clearing the way for Apple to win similar rulings against others making Android smartphones. However, the ruling is not quite the victory Apple hoped for when it filed a complaint back in March of 2010. That said HTC violated 10 of Apple’s patents, and this ruling only covers one. The commission ruled that several small features were protected by that one patent, such as the technology to tap once to call a phone number listed in an e-mail or text message. ...More

Watch: The BBC Takes On Steve Jobs In 'Billion Dollar Hippy'
By Clare O'Connor
“How did a drug-taking college dropout create one of the most successful corporations in the world?” That’s the question Britain’s BBC attempts to answer in its hour-long Steve Jobs documentary ‘Billion Dollar Hippy’, screened last week across the pond and now available stateside thanks to a kindly YouTube uploader. Watch the BBC’s Evan Davis examine Jobs’ “audacious message of revolution” before the Corporation gets wise and takes the video down. A who’s who of tech insiders including World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee ...More

Steve Jobs - Billion Dollar Hippy (BBC Documentary)

Apple founders' document sells for $1.6M in NY

Apple computer contract and dissolution of contract signed by Jobs, Wozniak and Wayne (3 documents). Photo: Sotheby's.

NEW YORK (AP) - The Apple computer company's founding partnership agreement has sold for $1.6 million in New York.

Sotheby's auction house says six telephone and online bidders sought the 1976 document before it was bought by Cisneros Corp. CEO Eduardo Cisneros.

The Apple document belonged to Ronald Wayne, who founded the Cupertino, California-based Apple Inc. along with Steve Wozniak and the late Steve Jobs but gave up his share. The document had been estimated to sell for up to $150,000.

Tuesday's auction of fine books and manuscripts also featured the first letter written by George Washington as president. The one-page letter from Washington to the House of Representatives fetched more than $362,000, in line with its pre-sale estimate.

A first edition of Raymond Chandler's "The Big Sleep" sold for $254,000, more than double its high estimate.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Steve Jobs biography Amazon's top seller for 2011

Staff members hang privacy drapes in the window during a temporary closure of the Apple shop in Boston, Massachusetts October 19, 2011. Apple Inc closed U.S. retail stores for several hours on Wednesday so employees could watch a simulcast of a company-wide celebration of co-founder Steve Jobs' life, which was being held at an outdoor amphitheater at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California, a person familiar with the celebration said. Apple Inc. co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs died October 5 at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues. REUTERS/Brian Snyder.


A biography of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was Amazon's best-selling book this year despite hitting store shelves and electronic readers only in late October, Amazon said Monday. "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson, which went on sale on October 24, less tan three weeks after Job's death, topped the list of Amazon top-selling books for 2011, print and Kindle editions combined, the Seattle-based company said. "Even though it was published in October, the sales have been phenomenal in both formats," said Chris Schluep, Amazon's senior editor of books. Next on the list was "Bossypants" by comedian Tina Fey and "A Stolen Life" by Jaycee Dugard, a California girl who was kidnapped as a child and held for nearly two decades. Number four on the top 10 list was "The Mill River Recluse," a self-published Kindle novel by Darcie Chan. ...More

Hungarian firm commissions bronze statue of Steve Jobs
Digital Trends
By: Rick Marshall
If anyone doubted that the passing of Steve Jobs had global implications, a new statue of the Apple co-founder set to be unveiled in Budapest later this month offers proof of his far-reaching influence. The statue was commissioned by Hungarian software company Graphisoft, and will feature a bronze likeness of Jobs wearing his familiar mock turtleneck, jeans, and round glasses, with arm outstretched in a typical product-presentation pose. Standing nearly seven feet tall, the statue will be unveiled December 21 in Graphisoft Park ...More

Steve Jobs was likely a victim of homeopathy, expert tells Australian conference
New York Post
Alternative medicine is unethical, criminal and likely contributed to the death of Apple boss Steve Jobs, an expert says. Professor Edzard Ernst, the world's first professor of complementary medicine, was in Adelaide on Monday to speak at the Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association conference at the University of South Australia. Famous for causing an uproar when, in July, he labeled Prince Charles a "snake oil salesman" for his dandelion and detox remedy, Ernst spoke of the dangers of unproven complementary medicine. ...More

Computer History Museum launches new online Steve Jobs exhibit

Carnations are placed before a computer screen showing a portrait of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs at an Apple store in St. Petersburg October 6, 2011. Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, died on Wednesday at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA.- The Computer History Museum, the world's leading institution exploring the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society, today announced the launch of a new online exhibit on legendary Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.

Called "Steve Jobs... First, Last, One more thing..." the exhibit traces Jobs's life from his youth building 'Blue Boxes' with partner Steve Wozniak -- devices that allowed its user to make free telephone calls -- to head of the world's biggest company.

The exhibit features rare footage of Jobs from 1980 speaking about the early days of Apple. "We had no idea what people would do with these things," Jobs says in the video, describing the 1977 Apple II computer that launched Apple into a major technology company.

"In Jobs's own words, we hear how luck as well as skill played big roles in Apple's founding," said Dag Spicer, CHM's senior curator. "We also see how focused, articulate and convincing Jobs could be, even at this early stage." Jobs, who seems to genuinely appreciate the magnitude of what Apple could be, remarks: "For some crazy reason in the universe, two people from Los Altos and Cupertino, California managed to want something that just so happened to be what about a million other people wanted."

The new exhibit features objects from the Museum's permanent collection, which holds over 100,000 artifacts, including 3,000 Apple-related items. The new online exhibit also features photographs of Jobs and an essay on his life. Other unique and important early Apple documents in the Museum's permanent collection include the initial offering statement for the founding of Apple and the Macintosh business plan.

Is Steve Jobs' Signature Worth $150000?‎
By: Clare O'Connor
On December 13, Sotheby’s will auction off the founding partnership agreement of what was then called the ‘Apple Computer Company’. The two-and-a-half page contract was typed up by Ronald Wayne - the unsung, lesser known co-founder of the tech giant - in 1976. The well-preserved paperwork mainly comprises legal jargon setting out the division of shares in the fledgling firm: 45% each to Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak and 10% to Wayne himself. The contract is being sold along with the agreement documenting Ron Wayne’s ...More

Steve Jobs, Charlie Sheen and Other Nominees for 'Media Person of the Year'
The Wrap
By: Lucas Shaw
What kind of award counts New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson and Hollywood icon Charlie Sheen, Mr. #winning himself, as two of its nominees? accepting votes for its 10th annual award. The media-focused website, founded by Patrick Phillips, an adjunct professor at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, will close the voting on Sunday and announced the winner next Monday. The nominees are diverse in almost every sense -- background, age, gender and so on (though maybe not ethnicity). There are the more ...More

Richard Branson says he is the opposite of Steve Jobs: both made billions, but
By Jared Erondu
Virgin brand founder, Richard Branson, thinks of himself to be the complete opposite of Steve Jobs. Apparently, being a founder of a multi-billion dollar company doesn’t necessarily make you similar. Who knew? I admired Steve Jobs, although he was completely different from me. He used to shout at employees that made mistakes. He did not delegate much, and broke all the rules I believe in. Somehow it worked for him. Apple is one the best brands in the world. I devote most of my time to activities like The Elders ...More

How Steve Jobs reacted to Microsoft's Bungie acquisition
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An interview with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak

Stephen 'Woz' Wozniak, US computer engineer and programmer who founded Apple computer company with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne, delivers a speech during the opening a V Russias Innovative Convention in Moscow, Russia, 29 November 2011. Russia's Innovative Convention is a major event focusing on modern science, technology and innovative entrepreneurship and bringing together young inventors, researchers, innovative entrepreneurs, heads of corporations, public figures and political leaders both from Russia and abroad in order to create unique synergies, generate cutting-edge ideas and foster unprecedented cross-cutting projects. EPA/SERGEI ILNITSKY.


By: Sachin Kalbag
He is the "other Steve", but to geeks around the world, he is the real deal; the man who practically invented the personal computer and changed the world. Steve Wozniak, supreme geek of the 1970s and the maker of the Apple II computer which brought about a worldwide computer revolution, was in Bangalore on Saturday to speak to a bunch of young entrepreneurs and achievers of the Young Presidents Organisation who wanted to hear the story of the most-loved technology brand in the world -- Apple. Wozniak co-founded Apple Computer (now Apple, Inc) in April 1976 along with Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne. Both Apple I - the company's first product - and the hugely successful Apple II (arguably the world's first fully-loaded personal computer) were designed by Wozniak making him - and not Jobs - the darling of geeks around the world. ...More

What Mickey Drexler Learned from Steve Jobs
By: Eric Jackson
Mickey Drexler is one of the most successful merchants ever. Known for his attention to detail, Mickey helped take J. Crew Group prívate earlier this year. He was well liked by Steve Jobs and has served on the Apple (AAPL) board since 1999, when he was still the head of the Gap (GPS). He and Steve Jobs share a lot of similarities: detail-oriented, product focus, and students of best practices. Drexler recently spoke about Jobs in this Globe and Mail interview: You've talked about Apple a lot. You're on its board and knew Steve Jobs. ...More

Jobs' biographer describes a 'real artistic genius'

A portrait of Steve Jobs, featured on the frontpage of the Apple website and seen an iPhone screen, is reflected on the back side of another iPhone in Berlin, Germany, 06 October 2011. Co-founder and long-standing head of Apple died on 05 October 2011 at the age of 56 in California. Jobs battled pancreatic cancer for many years. EPA/ARNO BURGI.

Kansas City Star

By: Brian Burnes
In the days preceding his death in October, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs met or spoke with selected friends and associates. Among them was Walter Isaacson, Jobs' biographer. Jobs told Isaacson that he knew there would be material in the book he probably wouldn't like. "He said, 'I want it to feel like you talked to both my enemies and colleagues,' " said Isaacson, whose book appeared Oct. 24. Isaacson, who spoke recently to The Star, is scheduled to appear twice in Kansas City on Tuesday. Q. You had more than 40 interviews with Jobs, many of which appeared to be conducted during long walks. A. We walked through his childhood neighborhood, to his grammar school, his high school, the house he was raised in. I tried to convey a sense of him telling his life story. Q. Readers quickly get used to you as a character in the book, as you detail just when and how you spoke with Jobs. A. As I was writing, I realized that I should be as transparent and honest as I could be. The fact that ...More

iPhone banned in Steve Jobs' ancestral home
By: Rik Myslewski
There may be a fine line between "administration" and "regime", but Syria's president Bashar al-Assad has definitely crossed it. His government's latest repressive move? Banning the iPhone. To be sure, Assad's regime has committed crimes far more serious, as the over 4,000 men, women and children killed since protests against his rule broke out in late January make clear. The ban on iPhones, however - as reported by a Lebanese news service - is more than a mere outlawing of a bit of trendy shiny-shiny. It is, instead ...More

Tim Cook's first 100 days as Apple CEO‎
World leaders are often measured by what they do in their first 100 days in office. But what about business leaders? As of Friday, it has been 100 days since Apple co-founder and longtime CEO Steve Jobs passed the company torch to Tim Cook. Since that first day, August 24, Wall Street and legions of Apple fans have had their gazes fixed on Cook. As the man heading arguably the most influential and valuable technology company in the world, Cook wields a great deal of power. After Cook took over, Jobs held the role of executive chairman but lost his long battle ...More

Hungary issues Steve Jobs postal sheet, card

Young people visit the preview of an exhibition dedicated to Steve Jobs at the Natural Science Museum in Turin, Italy, 01 December 2011. Apple co-founder Jobs, who had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, died at the age of 56 at his home in Palo Alto, California, USA, on 05 October 2011. EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MARCO.

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) - Hungary's postal service says it has issued a numbered commemorative sheet incorporating a stamp-sized image of Steve Jobs, in memory of the co-founder of Apple Inc. who died in October.

Magyar Posta said Wednesday that 5,000 copies of the memorial set have been issued, selling for 1,000 forints ($4.40, euro3.30) each.

The sheet includes a perforated portrait of Jobs, while an accompanying card shows silhouettes of some of the inventor's characteristic poses and a quote about Jobs by Erno Rubik, the Hungarian architect who created Rubik's Cube and other mechanical puzzles.

A Budapest software company is planning to unveil a Jobs statue in December.

Jobs died at age 56 on Oct. 5 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

The commemorative sheet cannot be used to pay for postage

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Cassidy: San Mateo museum's NeXT computer shares a story with Silicon Valley
San Jose Mercury News
By: Mike Cassidy
On the second floor of the elegantly restored, century-old courthouse in Redwood City sits a tiny tribute to one of the largest figures of our time. It's a black cube-shaped computer, conceived by Steve Jobs during his wilderness years -- the time from 1985 to 1997 when he was the once and future leader of Apple (AAPL). Yes, it's a NeXT machine, a computer that has faded into the recesses of the memories of most. But the old courthouse is the San Mateo County History Museum now, and it's the job of a history museum ...More

The Faithfulness of Steve Jobs
Huffington Post
By: Reverend Jim Ball
When Apple founder Steve Jobs died not long ago many news accounts, obits, and reflections -- the smart ones, the good ones -- drew upon his 2005 Commencement address at Stanford University. Some even included video clips or links to his full address. These obits drew upon Jobs' Stanford address because: (1) he reflected upon death, including his own; (2) it contains remarkable stories about his life and the lessons he drew from them, and; (3) it is incredibly well-written and well-delivered. In other words ...More

1976 Apple Contract Sith Steve Jobs Signature Up For Sale

Apple computer contract and dissolution of contract signed by Jobs, Wozniak and Wayne. Photo: Sotheby's.

The Mac Observer

By: Bryan Chaffin
An original copy of the 1976 contract establishing Apple as a corporation is up for sale in an auction. The contract was signed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, and this copy was originally the property of Mr. Wayne. Sotheby's auction house expects the auction to bring in between US$100,000 and $150,000. Ronald Wayne is sometimes called the forgotten Apple cofounder because he left the company after only a few weeks. He was brought into the company by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to serve as adult supervision for the brand new company, and his 10% ownership stake was designed to serve as a tie-breaker for the two Steves. In today's market, that 10% stake would be worth billions, but Mr. Wayne told The San Jose Mercury News in June that he has no regrets about selling his portion of the company back to the other two cofounders for $800. That may have to be the case when it comes to this auction, as well. While the copy of the contract was originally Mr. Wayne's, the unnamed person auctioning it is not Mr. Wayne. Instead, the seller obtained it from a manuscript dealer in the mid-1990s, before Mr. Jobs came back to Apple. ...More

Hachette, Bloomberg Businessweek Publishing Steve Jobs e-Book
By: Chris O'Shea
Hachette Book Group and Bloomberg Businessweek are teaming up on the e-book game. The first publication from the partnership is Steve Jobs: 1955-2011, available now on the Kindle and other tablets for $3.99. According to paidContent, the e-book is merely republished content from Businessweek's October Jobs tribute issue, so if you've already read that, Steve Jobs: 1955-2011 probably isn't that intriguing. However, the partnership might mean good things down the line, so we're excited to hear about it. ...More

FORTUNE Releases Steve Jobs E-Book For iPad‎
By: Bryan M. Wolfe
Time Home Entertainment, Inc. has released a new e-book for the iPad, FORTUNE The Legacy Of Steve Jobs. Spanning five chapters, the book includes a lengthy collection of articles written over the years about the late Apple co-founder and his companies - Apple, Pixar, and NeXT. Available for $14.99, FORTUNE The Legacy Of Steve Jobs includes an impressive collection of photographs and lots of observations from those reporters that covered and interviewed Jobs over the years. ...More

Be a Jerk: The Worst Business Lesson from the Steve Jobs Biography‎‎
The Atlantic
By: Tom McNichol
Steve Jobs was a visionary, a brilliant innovator who reshaped entire industries by the force of his will, a genius at giving consumers not only what they wanted, but what they didn't yet know they wanted. He was also a world-class asshole. Walter Isaacson's best-selling biography of Jobs offers a revealing look at what the author has called "good Steve" and "bad Steve." Good Steve was brilliant, charismatic, a champion for excellence, an alchemist who turned a moribund computer company into gold. Bad Steve was petulant, rude ...More

Jobs' e-mail to fan: 'Life is fragile'

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Inc. talks during the unveiling of the new iCloud, Mac operating system Lion and iOS5, during the World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco California, June 06, 2011. Apple chief executive Steve Jobs broke into his indefinite medical leave to give the keynote address at the companys World Wide Developer Conference and introduce new products that he said would be at the core of a post-PC world. To a wildly cheering audience, Jobs introduced iCloud - a remote access service that will allow Apple users to automatically sync their information and listen to their entire iTunes library using any compatible Apple device. EPA/MONICA M. DAVEY.

CNN International

By:Mark Milian
Steve Jobs wasn't eager to disclose details of his health issues over the years. That the Apple co-founder contracted a rare form of pancreatic cancer in 2003 wasn't disclosed until after his return from surgery more than nine months later. Another health problem, which was innocuously described at first as a "hormone imbalance," turned into a six-month leave during which Jobs underwent a liver transplant. Yet Jobs' views on existence, as he increasingly faced his own mortality, became ever more poetic and less concealed toward the end. These could be seen in the rare interviews he'd grant but also in e-mail correspondences with acquaintances and strangers, which he often took the time to partake in. "I don't think of my life as a career," he told Time in 2010. "I do stuff. I respond to stuff. That's not a career -- it's a life!" Jobs also shared his condolences and personal revelations with others facing similar pressures. A man named James told the news site Business Insider that he e-mailed Jobs ...More

The mixed legacy of Steve Jobs‎
Over the years, it’s been fascinating to watch Apple mainly due to Steve Jobs, its charismatic CEO who died as of writing this column. Jobs was fantastic and flawed at the same time. He refused to take part in the industry-wide race to the bottom and instead relentlessly focused on excellence and insisted on being different. I for one appreciate Jobs dragging an entire industry out of the boring beige box mind set and in fact, changed the world a number of times. Thanks to Jobs, Apple didn’t have to be first with technology, but yet managed to own entire markets. Take the LaserWriter printer for instance: Hewlett-Packard ...More

Why Jobs heirs should see stock now‎
Chicago Daily Herald
Steve Jobs’ widow may never find a better moment to sell her late husband’s $6.78 billion of Apple and Walt Disney stock. Under U.S. law, Jobs’ heirs may sell Apple and Disney and avoid $867 million in capital gains taxes. If Apple’s late co- founder left his estate to his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, the family won’t be liable for the 35 percent estate tax until she dies or gives money to others, according to estate planners. “I can’t see any reason not to sell all of it,” said Kacy Gott, chief planning officer at the wealth-management firm Aspiriant ...More

Walter Isaacson: the right man for the Jobs job?

Scotsman Rob McWhirther shows his iPad at the Bahnhofstrasse in Zurich, Switzerland, 28 May 2010. McWhirther, who had been waiting 13 hours in front of the Apple store, was the first customer to leave the store with an 'iPad'. EPA/STEFFEN SCHMIDT.

Toronto Star

By: Greg Quill
It seemed almost egregiously calculating that the only authorized biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs, written by celebrated American writer Walter Isaacson, should appear just two weeks after the computer genius's globally lamented passing on Oct. 5. Jobs was a calculating man, Isaacson reveals in his exhaustive chronicle, the result of six years of research and one-on-one interviews with hundreds of associates and family members, as well as with his subject at the pinnacle of his success, and during his long and ultimately futile battle with cancer. Yet, true to his complex and quite mercurial character, Jobs never interfered with Isaacson's work, the writer told the Star in the following Q&A, conducted during a two-day stopover to promote his book, a massive international bestseller with more that 400,000 sales registered in its first week. ...More

'He cried a lot'
The Star
By: Akshita Nanda
The man who wrote the year's most anticipated biography shares what it was like to be invited into the very private life of the late Steve Jobs. HIS month-old book is probably the hottest non-fiction title of the year, but writer Walter Isaacson can already see himself revising his authorised biography of the late Steve Jobs. "At some point, I would love to work with the people who knew him best and write an epilogue that talks about the process of writing the book," he says in a recent phone interview. The session is limited to a 10-minute call ...More

Steve Jobs chose nontraditional path to fame and fortune?
Palm Beach Daily News
By: David Desmond
Although I enjoy being catty as much as (actually, more than) the next person, I was taken aback not too long ago when a good friend of mine described another Palm Beacher as being "from the wrong side of the tracks." Of course, that expression has little to do with railroads and everything to do with not having been raised in a socially acceptable locale such as Newport, Greenwich, or Manhattan (specifically the Upper East Side), but is it really valid? Is it possible that a person can be of lesser merit in adulthood simply ...More

Next up for Apple, it's iTV – the television that will respond ...?
The Guardian
By: Juliette Garside
Apple is designing a television that you can shout and gesticulate at – and it will understand you. Having revolutionised the music and mobile phone industries with its iPod and iPhone, the company is planning an "iTV" to turn couch surfing into a hi-tech experience. The Japanese firm Sharp has been asked to begin commercial production of Apple TV screens in February, with the sets available in the second half of 2012, according to analyst Peter Misek at the American bank Jefferies. "Other TV manufacturers have begun a scrambling search to ...More

Sorry, Steve, the stylus is back?
Philippine Daily Inquirer
By: Gibbs Cadiz
"Who wants a stylus?" Steve Jobs asked an adoring throng in 2007 while unveiling the iPhone. "You have to get them and put them away and you lose them— yuck! Nobody wants a stylus." And with that, the accessory that had defined a generation of early smartphones from Palms to Nokias and Motorolas withered away, a sudden clunky relic in the new age of breakthrough touchscreen phones. But if the Korean electronics giant Samsung would have its way, the stylus wouldn't go the way of dodos and dinosaurs just yet. Its latest ...More

Why Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, and Larry Page are overrated

The newest version of the iPod Nano was on display following a special event held in San Francisco, California, USA, 09 September 2008. Apple CEO Steve Jobs also announced the newest version of the iPod Touch. EPA/MONICA M. DAVEY.


By: Panos Mourdoukoutas
In the years of bitter struggle between capitalism and socialism, young generations around the world were obsessed with Karl Marx and his socialist ideas. Posters of celebrated revolutionaries like Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, and Mao Zedong decorated university walls, while red banners and anti-capitalist, antibusiness slogans colored and enlivened popular demonstrations. Today, with the triumph of capitalism over socialism, with unionism on the retreat, and with another Renaissance of individual freedoms and liberties, younger generations are no longer obsessed with socialist ideas and antibusiness slogans. Their heroes and idols are no longer celebrated revolutionaries. They are entrepreneurs like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Sergey Brin, Larry Page, who have been the revolutionaries in their own industries, delivering the world new products and businesses and creating enormous wealth for themselves, their associates, stockholders, and society at large. ...More

Jobs's 7.7% Disney Stake Transfers to Trust Led by Widow Laurene‎
San Francisco Chronicle
By: Rob Golum
Steve Jobs's 7.7 percent stake in Walt Disney Co. was transferred on his death to a trust led by Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of the Apple Inc. co-founder. The Steven P. Jobs Trust reported ownership of 138 million common shares of Disney, valued at $4.6 billion at the close of trading yesterday, according to a 13G regulatory filing. The filing lists Powell Jobs as trustee. A 13G suggests the trust has no intent to influence control of Disney. Jobs became the biggest shareholder of Burbank, California- based Disney with the 2006 sale of his Pixar ...More

Sony Asks Aaron Sorkin To Write Steve Jobs Movie‎
Mobile Magazine
By Andrew Grush
There is no doubt that Steve Jobs had a major impact on multiple different sectors of the technology industry. He played a major role in many different ways from the founding of Apple, to his involvement with Pixar, his glorious return to Apple, and his role in making Apple a household name with such devices as the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. So it really is no surprise that Sony Pictures grabbed the rights to Walter Isaccson’s recent Steve Jobs biography and is in the beginning stages of planning a movie based on Job’s very accomplished life. ...More

Does the demise of Steve Jobs spell the end of the West?‎
Media Monitors Network
By: Abid Mustafa
"Steve Job’s did no more than use computer chips, 3G and WIFI technologies to produce the Apple suite of products such as the iMac, iPhone, iPod and the iPad. The same can be said for other scientific disciplines such as biology, chemistry and others. It can be argued that in the past 100 years or the discoveries in science and technology are not revolutionary at all; they are merely evolutionary a sort of natural progression." As Steve Jobs personal biography by Walter Isaacson hits bookshops around the world, a fierce debate rages ...More

If there's one thing Steve Jobs knew, it was that we don't want reality, we want magic

Chinese customers trying out the iPhone 4 at the new Apple store in Beijing, China on 25 September 2010. Apple launched its iPhone 4 in China 25 September, attracting a massive crowd of people to one of the company's new stores in Beijing. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG.

Irish Times

By: Richard Gillis
INNOVATE THIS: There's still much talk about Steve Jobs' legacy, partly driven by the timely publication of Walter Isaacson's biography for the former Apple boss. Some people say his magic lay in the products - from the original Apple Mac, the first mouse and the deceptively simple looking software through to the iPod, iPhone and iPad. Others reference his mastery of content, the rise of iTunes and then Pixar and the App market. The more business-minded point to Jobs’ ability to control the markets: a weaker leader would have been forced to get more gadgets out there, chasing growth at the reputational risk of launching an inferior product. Jobs famously said it was the products he didn't make that made Apple so good. This month I saw the legacy of Steve Jobs with my own eyes, and it was none of those things. The event was Nokia World, a trade show cum meet-and-greet for the Finnish mobile phone behemoth. For those of you not up to speed on the progress of Nokia over the last few years, you haven't missed much (progress I mean). Since the launch of the iPhone the value of Nokia has nosedived. In the first quarter of 2011, Apple had cash reserves of nearly $66 billion, increasing its war chest by an astonishing $6.1 billion in just three months. These reserves are worth more than the combined market capitalisation of Nokia, Research In Motion and Motorola Mobility. ...More

'Letters to Steve' collects emails from Apple co-founder‎
By: Serenity Caldwell
Throughout his career, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs sent a myriad of email messages to fans, developers, and Mac users. CNN writer Mark Milian has collected over 100 of these email responses into a short ebook, appropriately titled Letters to Steve: Inside the E-mail Inbox of Apple's Steve Jobs. The book attempts to create an abbreviated narrative using these messages and other quotes from Apple's co-founder, occasionally displaying his emails in full. Divided up into thematic sections (one chapter is simply titled "Customer Service ...More

Steve Jobs may be gone, but @deadstevejobs lives on
BY: Chris Nerney
I had this great idea the other day: What if someone created a Twitter account under the name of "SteveJobsGhost"? Now that could be funny! Of course, as usual, I'm way late on this. I did a Twitter search and quickly found an account called @stevejobsghost. It was created on Oct. 5, the day Jobs died following a long struggle with cancer. But that account had just one tweet, in which readers were redirected to another Twitter account, @deadstevejobs, which was created three days later. For the presumptive account of ...More

The Post-Jobs Leadership Vacuum: A Conversation with Carmi Levy‎
By: Scott M. Fulton, III
While thus far, there's general consensus that Tim Cook is doing, and may continue to do, a fine job at Apple stepping into the shoes of his lauded predecessor, Steve Jobs, there looms a bigger issue. There appears to be, at least in the public conscience, a lack of leadership and direction from the chief executives of corporations, including tech firms. And in fact, 2011 may be characterized as a year of misdirection from the head office. Is this actually a problem; do Americans and Canadians actually need a CEO they can look up to? ...More

Innovation dialogue hails Jobs as role model for young entrepreneurs‎
Pakistan Daily Times
By: Shabbir Sarwar
LAHORE: The Apple founder, Steve Jobs, is a role model for all Young entrepreneurs because of his passion for continuous learning, creativity and innovation, said US Counsel General Nina Maria while addressing an interactive dialogue, “Breakthrough and Innovation – A Tribute to Steve Jobs.” The event was organised by Manager Today, a largely circulated corporate magazine, at a local hotel on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, Nina said that Steve Jobs was a legend whose vision of innovation completely changed the concept of using ...More

Steve Jobs' $4.6B in Disney shares go to trust

South Koreans read copies of the Korean version of the biography of Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple Inc., at a Seoul bookstore, South Korea, Monday, Oct. 24, 2011. AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs' $4.6 billion worth of shares in The Walt Disney Co. are now in a trust run by his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs.

That's according to a securities filing made Wednesday.

Jobs acquired the 138 million shares when Disney bought his Pixar Animation Studios for $7.4 billion in 2006. With a 7.7 percent stake, Jobs' trust is Disney's largest single shareholder.

Jobs bought the fledgling computer imaging company from "Star Wars" creator George Lucas for a total investment of $10 million in 1986 and kept it going with his own money.

He later took Pixar public after the successful debut of "Toy Story" in 1995.

The creative executive behind the iPod, iPhone and iPad died last month at age 56 after battling pancreatic cancer.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Writer Of "The Social Network" Movie 'Strongly Considering' Writing
Steve Jobs Biopic For Sony Redmond Pie
By Ben Reid
Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is said to be contemplating the idea of writing a motion picture based on the life of recently-deceased Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. In an interview with entertainment company E! Online at an event in Santa Monica, he said "Sony has asked me to write the movie and it’s something I’m strongly considering." It seems Hollywood’s big names are queuing up to get in on the Steve Jobs act. Just a couple of days ago, we reported that George Clooney and Noah Wyle are both battling for the lead role of the man himself. ...More

New Exhibit Highlighting the Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs
By Rene
In tribute to the tremendous influence of Steve Jobs, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will showcase The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World. The free exhibit will open to the public on November 16 at the USPTO’s campus in Alexandria, Virginia. “This exhibit commemorates the far-reaching impact of Steve Jobs’ entrepreneurship and innovation on our daily lives,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos. ...More

Steve Jobs fielded some customer service requests

View of Apple products as Apple Inc. announced that the new iPod nano now comes with video and several new colors during Apple Inc's special event in San Francisco, California, USA, 09 September 2009. EPA/MONICA M. DAVEY


Mark Milian
Among chief executives, Steve Jobs was an outlier. CEOs of public companies are generally hands-on, but Jobs was involved in practically every detail, from determining which industries Apple should invade to the material used for the iPhone's screen. Jobs even got directly involved in customer service, which was a part of Apple's business for which he exercised a great deal of attention and patience. He fielded e-mails about broken laptops and intervened on support calls. By comparison, a representative for AT&T, Apple's longtime carrier partner for the coveted iPhone, threatened a customer, who had twice e-mailed company CEO Randall Stephenson complaining about price hikes, with a cease-and-desist notice. "I don't think even Steve Jobs can spin 2 GB for $25/month as a good thing for the consumer," the customer, Giorgio Galante, wrote in his recap, as reported by Wired, which is a content partner. ...More

The Passionate Eye: Steve Jobs: One Last Thing- Preview

Steve Jobs' emails, and his replies, in an ebook
Washington Post
By Steven Levingston
It didn’t happen often and in many cases the outcome was not terribly satisfying but Steve Jobs did speak directly to Apple customers, either by phone or email, in response to complaints and inquiries. Now CNN tech writer Mark Milian has compiled many of these exchanges in a book called “Letters to Steve: Inside the E-mail Inbox of Apple’s Steve Jobs,” which he has published as a $2.99 Kindle ebook on Amazon. Although he did make the effort, Jobs still could be unsympathetic to customers’ woes. ...More

Steve Jobs' Heirs Have Reason to Sell Apple and Disney‎
By Ronald Grover and Peter Burrows
Steve Jobs’s widow may never find a better moment to sell her late husband’s $6.78 billion of Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Walt Disney Co. (DIS) stock. Under U.S. law, Jobs’s heirs may sell Apple and Disney and avoid $867 million in capital gains taxes. If Apple’s late co- founder left his estate to his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, the family won’t be liable for the 35 percent estate tax until she dies or gives money to others, according to estate planners. “I can’t see any reason not to sell all of it,” said Kacy Gott ...More

4 stories about Steve Jobs that will surprise you

An employee wipes the transparent film of the new Apple Store still under construction in Munich, Germany, 27 November 2008. The layer is imprinted with the company logo and blue IPods arranged in the Bavarian diamond-pattern. The Californian company enters into the German retail sector with its own Apple Store in downtown Munich. The new store is scheduled to open this year. With 225 stores worldwide Apple generated a turnover of five billion euro within the completed business year 2008 making a profit of 800 million euro. EPA/Peter Kneffel

iMedia Connection

What took place in Steve's final coversation with Bill Gates? How did the feud with Adobe begin? Don't miss these stories from biographer Walter Isaacson -- including several that go beyond the pages of his book. Walter Isaacson spent two years conducting more than 40 interviews with Steve Jobs for his biography. In the excerpt and videos below, Isaacson goes beyond the pages of his book to describe the deal he cut with Jobs to keep him involved in the project after the Apple leader vehemently rejected the original title. Also, hear about pranks he pulled with Steve Wozniak, what Jobs considered his greatest creation, what took place in his final conversation with Bill Gates, and much more. Jobs' reaction to his biography's original title: "Simon and Schuster had originally titled the biography 'iSteve: The Book of Jobs,' and the cover showed a photo of him inside the Apple logo. I signed off on it, thinking we'd figure it out. It seemed cute. ...More

'Lost' interview shows charming, cranky side of Steve Jobs‎
By Mark Milian, CNN
Dozens of people, many tapping on iPhones and discussing the "Steve Jobs" biography, lined up at a shopping center here on Thursday. But these Apple fans weren't in line to buy the company's latest gadget. They were here to see "Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview," a documentary of sorts that's now playing in a handful of U.S. cities. This particular screening of the never-before-aired interview with the Apple co-founder was set to be the final one at this theater, but producers extended its run after showings sold out. The film's interviewer, Robert X. Cringely ...More

Apple Television Set Could Scale, Says ThinkEquity‎
By Tiernan Ray
You may recall biographer Walter Isaacson mentioned Apple (AAPL) founder Steve Jobs's desire to re-invent television in the recent book on Jobs. That caused a flurry of research reports a few week back regarding Apple's prospects in making a TV set. ThinkEquity's Mark McKechnie this morning joins in the fray. His "industry checks," he writes this morning, say Apple's project to make a "plug and play Apple iTV" is a real one and could be like the company's foray into the cell phone market in 2007, adding "another material upside ...More

UK's chief rabbi meant no criticism of Steve Jobs, uses iPad & iPhone daily
Apple Insider
The chief rabbi of the United Kingdom has clarified his earlier comments about Apple and Steve Jobs, noting that while consumerism can be dangerous, products like the iPhone do offer true benefits. Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks gained attention for comments he made in the presence of the Queen of the Commonwealth realms in which he criticized companies like Apple for contributing to a consumer society. But the rabbi felt his comments were misinterpreted, and a spokesman for the Office of the Chief Rabbi reached out to AppleInsider on Monday to offer a clarification. ...More

Steve Jobs and the One Trait All Innovative Leaders Share‎
By: August Turak
I watched a wonderful documentary, Steve Jobs: One Last Thing, and what struck me as the overarching secret to his success was his voracious curiosity. Jobs wasn't curious about things that would make him successful. He was successful because he was so curious. Strictly curiosity led him to the study of calligraphy that later produced all the fonts that made the original Apple computer so successful. ...More

Watch Steve Jobs brainstorm with the NeXT team in this fascinating video

Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview foretells his return to Apple

View of Apple products as Apple Inc. announced that the new iPod nano now comes with video and several new colors during Apple Inc's special event in San Francisco, California, USA 09 September 2009. EPA/MONICA M. DAVEY


By Jason D. O'Grady
I went to see Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview tonight at a theatre in downtown Philadelphia. The movie is the "entire tape" interview that Robert X. Cringley did with Jobs in 1995 for a PBS television special "Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires" that premiered in June 1996. Only about 10 minutes of the interview made it into Triumph of the Nerds - which is available on YouTube - and the rest of the interview landed on the proverbial cutting room floor. The rest of the tape was feared lost, or so the story goes, until the original tape was recently discovered in the director’s garage. The movie is playing for a limited two-day engagement (November 16 and 17) at 23 theaters across the U.S. Tickets and showtimes are on the oficial movie Web site. The '95 interview, about 70 minutes all told, captures a spunky and charismatic Jobs at the wise age of 40, speaking about Apple after a bitter power struggle with John Scully ended in his ouster. Jobs is about 10 years into his stint at NeXT and one point he asks Cringley "you don't want to hear about NeXT, do you?" - almost as if he didn’t want to talk about it. ...More

Steve Jobs' secret of success‎
By: Kim Jae-kyoung
Christopher Columbus and Steve Jobs. What do these two historical figures have in common? The answer may be simpler than you think: both were visionaries with unlimited creativity. Since they always tried to see beyond what was there, the same words are used to describe both heroes — genius, inventor and innovator. Columbus opened a new chapter of the world’s history in the 15th and early 16th centuries by discovering the Americas, while Jobs, founder and former CEO of Apple, changed the lifestyle of the 21st century by introducing iProducts ...More

How Apple Retains Its Core‎
By: Josh Bersin
Apple has a unique and powerful succession model built on its own experience in leadership, media and innovation. Even before his death, Apple CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO set the Twittersphere a-twitter late this summer with renewed discussion and debate about management succession. How do you capture the essence of genius? And how will Apple retain its culture of innovation, execution and growth? Apple has a unique and powerful succession model built on its own experience in leadership, media and innovation. ...More

How to achieve work-life balance‎‎
Jamaica Gleaner
Are you achieving notable success in your career at the expense of your family life, health, spirituality and other relationships? This is an extremely important question for you to answer. It may very well prevent you from making a common mistake of many extraordinarily successful persons. In his book, First Things First, Dr Stephen Covey describes this mistake as "climbing the ladder of success only to find it leaning against the wrong wall". By this, he means you can be successful in your career - as an entrepreneur, professional, artist, or whatever ...More

Apple's New Chairman Thinks The Company Needs To Be Less Arrogant

A Filipino writes her message for Apple co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs at a store in Manila, Philippines, 07 October 2011. Jobs, a technology and computer innovator who brought popular and sophisticated electronic devices to the consumer and who had been suffering from pancreatic cancer died at the age of 56. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG


By Jay Yarow
Apple made a small change to its board last night when it appointed Arthur Levinson to the role of non-executive chairman. (He was previously the co-leader of the board with Steve Jobs.) Who is Levinson, and what will he do at Apple? He was the CEO of biotech company Genentech until it was acquired by Roche in 2009 for $47 billion. He's been on Apple's board since 2000, so don't expect big changes. However, he believes Apple needs to adjust its attitude slightly. He told Steve Jobs' biographer Walter Isaacson, "There is an arrogance," at Apple, and it needs to be tempered now that it's the most valuable company in the world. "We need to make the transition to being a big company and dealing with the hubris issue." Other interesting tid-bits on Levinson from Isaacson: ...More

Apple continues Jobs' legacy of war against biggest rivals
Steve Jobs' legacy at Apple goes well beyond cool gadgets, a thriving retail chain and a music empire. He also launched the company's all-out legal war on Google. In the last months of Jobs' life, Apple unleashed a patent-suit blitzkrieg on its Silicon Valley rival, filing ten lawsuits in six countries that accuse the internet search giant of stealing its smartphone and tablet computer technology. The campaign is rooted in Jobs' belief that Google and mobile device manufacturers that use its Android software copied key design and technology features from Apple's iPhone and iPad.He then vowed to battle Google until "my last dying breath." ...More

Steve Jobs Biographer Kept Quiet on Apple's New Products
By Matt Brian
In his biopic of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson managed to portray a side of Steve Jobs that many outside of Apple and its partners rarely saw. With permission from Jobs to delve deep into his life, obtain the truth about what his competitors thought of him, Isaacson wrote his book believing that the Apple co-founder would outrun his cáncer another time and live to read the book about him. In an interview with the New York Times’ Nick Bilton, Isaacson revealed that Steve Jobs may have been more candid about Apple’s product plans than initially thought. Whilst Jobs’ desire to adapt the ...More

Peggy Noonan On Steve Jobs And Why Big Companies Die
By: Steve Denning
We don’t usually think of Peggy Noonan as a management thinker. But she has an insightful paragraph on management in her Wall Street Journal column on Friday: There is an arresting moment in Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs in which Jobs speaks at length about his philosophy of business. He’s at the end of his life and is summing things up. His mission, he says, was plain: to “build an enduring company where people were motivated to make great products.” Then he turned to the rise and fall of various businesses. ...More

The big risk for Apple without Steve Jobs
By: James Kendrick
The passing of Steve Jobs impacted everyone in unexpected ways, and rightly so. There is no denying his genius, his ability to see what customers wanted, and his unflagging demand that Apple would sell no product that wouldn’t give those customers exactly what they wanted. With Jobs gone, the focus turns to how Apple will fare going forward without that genius. I have stayed out of the speculation about Apple without Steve Jobs, but a conversation I had yesterday drove home where I think Apple is at risk. ...More

Biographer: Steve Jobs reinventing TV, cameras and textbooks
By Sam Kieldsen
Walter Isaacson, writer of the recently released biography of Steve Jobs, has revealed that the late Apple supremo was working on 'reinventing' three key areas of technology: television, photography and textbooks. And despite the famed secrecy surrounding the development of Apple products, it seems Jobs may have been uncharacteristically candid with Isaacson -- although we shouldn't expect the writer to reveal any of the details he discovered. Isaacson told the New York Times that Jobs identified television, photography ...More

George Clooney and Noah Wyle "compete for Steve Jobs role"

Israeli costumers check Apple computers in a new shop in Tel Aviv, Israel on 23 September 2008. This is the first time an oficial distributer sells Apple products in Israel. EPA/PAVEL WOLBERG


By: Frances Kindon
George Clooney exits his hotel with cool looking shades as he leaves the famous Caryle hotel in New York City on the day after Steve Job's passing in NYC. The actor was told by a fan that he remembered when he autographed the very first ipod and that George was afraid to sign it and didn't want to mess up the back of the fan's ipod. - Winslow/Prahl Splash News. George Clooney is reportedly going head-to-head with his former ER costar Noah Wyle for the role of Apple boss Steve Jobs in a new movie. The two men both played doctors in the long-running hospital series. They are both believed to be in the running for the lead role in a biopic which will chart the life of the computer guru who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer last month ...More

Ten leadership lessons from the Steve Jobs school of management
By: Natasha Lomas
Walter Isaacson's biography of Apple's co-founder, Steve Jobs: The exclusive biography, tells the story of Jobs' life - from his rebellious teenage years and growing hippy leanings to his passion for tinkering with electronics and the friendship with Steve Wozniak that ultimately led to the founding of Apple in Jobs' parents' garage. Isaacson also reveals the evolution of the Apple boss' business strategy, which enabled him to make his second term at Apple ...More

Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview foretells his return to Apple?
By Jason D. O"Grady
Only about 10 minutes of the interview made it into Triumph of the Nerds - which is available on YouTube - and the rest of the interview landed on the proverbial cutting room floor. The rest of the tape was feared lost, or so the story goes, until the original tape was recently discovered in the director"s garage. The movie is playing for a limited two-day engagement (November 16 and 17) at 23 theaters across the U.S. ...More

What Steve Jobs' Death Teaches Us All About Our Own Health Care
Steve Jobs lived ahead of his time. Tragically, that"s also how he died. It"s impossible to know for certain, but his early death may have been avoidable. Jobs likely hastened it significantly by making medical choices with the same decision-making style that created the world"s most valuable company and its transformative products: He went against the grain and trusted no one"s instincts but his own. I have been helping executives navigate the health care system for decades and commonly see this ...More

Steve Jobs and Design Thinking: Making America Competitive Again

Copies of the biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs by US autor Walter Isaacson are on display during the promotion of the Polish edition in Cracow, Poland, 17 November 2011. Jobs, who had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, died at the age of 56 at his home in Palo Alto, California, USA, on 05 October 2011. EPA/JACEK BEDNARCZYK


By Bill Burnett and Andy Butler
The passing of Steve Jobs has generated a moment of introspection in our country that we find fascinating. Many who knew him well have written much deserved tributes to the man, others who had nothing to do with Apple or the tech industry have turned Jobs into a celebrity. We, like others, hold his business acumen and design judgment in high esteem, but this is not another tribute piece. Neither of us ever worked directly for Steve; Bill' seven years at Apple were during the non-Steve years and Apple has never been a client of our consultancy, so we cannot comment on Mr. Jobs as an individual. But we would like to call attention to the lessons that can be derived from Steve's leadership of Apple and reframe them as a call to action to American businesses everywhere. The famous "insanely great" hurdle Steve Jobs set for Apple, and by default the hurdle he has set for all other CEOs, seems insanely high to everyone who looks at Apple and Steve's accomplishments. But we who teach design or sell innovation know that what Steve Jobs created at Apple is not "black magic - or the product of a cult of personality. The design and innovation culture that Steve Jobs created at Apple is a powerful but straightforward approach to innovation - available to any CEO with the focus and energy to make it happen. ...More

The Zen of Steve Jobs: Right Livelihood
By: Lama Surya Das
Many people have been asking me of late if Steve Jobs really was a Buddhist. The answer is yes, and for many years. He was a Zen Buddhist, which inspired his simple, informal, monkish black dress code and the meticulously minimalist yet elegant consumer products he so ingeniously designed. If you look at Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait as a Zen monk you'll find many similarities with that other famously difficult creative genius. Perhaps Steve was van Gogh's tulku (reincarnation). Like Jobs, van Gogh was also a religiously inclined lay ...More

Steve Jobs Explains His Tirades - And Launches One - In New Film
Tech journalist Robert X. Cringely's new Steve Jobs documentary, based on a recently found videotape, was hyped extensively. But the pre-release coverage didn't capture Jobs' blunt talk on why he lambasted the Mac team ("your work is shit"), or his most blistering attack ever on the man who ousted him. That would have to wait until the 70 minute interview's very limited release last night. Based on a Q&A in 1995, the year before Jobs returned to Apple, Cringely's "Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview" is worth the $11 price of admission ...More

Steve Jobs reportedly wanted an iPhone-only wireless network
By: Nancy Gohring
Steve Jobs initially hoped to create his own network with the unlicensed spectrum that Wi-Fi uses rather than work with the mobile operators, said wireless industry legend John Stanton. Stanton, currently chairman at venture capital firm Trilogy Partners, said he spent a fair amount of time with Jobs between 2005 and 2007. "He wanted to replace carriers," Stanton said of Jobs, the Apple founder and CEO who passed away recently ...More

Steve Jobs documentary film debuts in limited release

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer, preview's 'Leopard,' the next major release of Mac OS X during his keynote at the Apple's 2006 Worldwide Developer Conference at Moscone West Convention Center in San Francisco, California Monday, 07 August 2006. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO


By Fred Schruers
For 70 raw, revealing minutes -- a year before his comeback at Apple -- Steve Jobs was captured on tape ... wry, emotional and bitter. The subjects: everything from early pranks with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, to matters of his taste in research and development, to John Sculley, the one-time protege who ousted him from the company he created. The wide-ranging 1995 talk with Jobs led by Silicon Valley historian Robert Cringlely, edited into the film, "Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview," plays Wednesday and Thursday in limited release. It's must viewing -- especially for readers of Walter Isaacson's hit biography. Initially, the interview was for Cringely's three-part PBS TV documentary "Triumph of the Nerds." Only 10 minutes of it were actually used, and the master copies were lost in shipping. ...More

Steve Jobs' Other Legacy: How The iStore Reinvented Retail
By: Wendy Liebmann
We’ve all been reminded over the last month of Steve Jobs’ extraordinary legacy. His success in transforming personal computing, music, movies and mobile communication has continuously grabbed front page headlines. However, not one that we’ve read has honored how he also reinvented retail. Consider all the retail rules Jobs and his team, lead by Ron Johnson, broke when they opened their first Apple store in 2001. The store was designed to showcase and sample Apple products -- not sell them. Of course, you could buy them ...More

Jobs interview: frank, unscripted, fascinating
By: Serenity Caldwell
Though the world at large may be more excited for the new Muppets movie, Apple enthusiasts have a different sort of screening to look forward to: Starting Wednesday, November 16, Landmark Theaters will be showing 59 lost minutes from Robert Cringely’s 1995 interview with Steve Jobs, originally captured for use in the PBS miniseries, Triumph of the Nerds. I had a chance to preview the film, and though the video quality may not win any awards, the content is far and away worth the hour or so of your time. On the big screen, it’s not much to look at ...More

Iconic Image of Steve Jobs Selected for Time Magazine
Award-winning photographer Norman Seeff’s image of Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs was recently featured on the cover of Time and on the back cover of the Walter Isaacson-penned biography “Steve Jobs”. It was also selected by Apple for their October 19 Memorial Service commemorating Jobs’ life. The 1984 session took place at Jobs’ home in Woodside, CA. Norman Seeff, who photographed Jobs sitting cross-legged with a new Macintosh on his lap, spoke of Jobs’ intensity and determination, a quality Seeff says he also saw when he photographed musical greats Ray Charles and Tina Turner, and film directors Billy Wilder and Martin Scorsese ...More

Cringely Discusses His `Lost Interview' With Steve Jobs


Sting debuts free app, pays tribute to Steve Jobs

In this Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, photo, Sting performs during the launch of his new "Appumentary" at an Apple Store in New York. AP Photo/Charles Sykes

By: Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) - Sting has launched an app for the iPad, and he's not charging for it.

The singer introduced STING 25 in honor of his 25-year solo career at the Apple Store in New York's Upper West Side on Monday. The "Appumentary" is a digital documentary of Sting's career. It features over four hours of music videos, concert footage, interviews and more.

Sting says he's releasing it for free "because we don't know how much it's worth."

The app also has video from Sting's 60th birthday party-concert last month at New York's Beacon Theatre, which featured performances with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder and Lady Gaga.

At Monday's event, Sting performed the song "Fragile," dedicating it to Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and saying, "In some way he's created our future."

Apple names Arthur Levinson non-exec chair

By: Michael Liedtke, AP Business Writers
Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple Inc. has named Arthur Levinson as its non-executive chairman, a move that rewards the longtime Apple board member who chose it over Google Inc. when the technology giants began competing with each other.

Levinson, 61, fills the vacancy left when co-founder Steve Jobs died last month at age 56 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs had been chairman for less than two months, a position created when he stepped down as chief executive in August.

Robert Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Co., was tapped as a director.

The appointments were announced Tuesday.

Levinson is chairman of pharmaceuticals company Genentech Inc. He showed his loyalty in 2009 when a federal investigation pressured him to choose between keeping his board seat at Apple or at Internet search leader Google Inc. At that point, the companies had become rivals in mobile devices and Web browsers.

Levinson said in a statement that he was honored to be named Apple's chairman.

"Apple is always focused on out-innovating itself ... and that is something I am very proud to be a part of," he said.

Levinson's allegiance may have been especially appreciated by Jobs, who had become convinced that Google stole iPhone's innovative touch-screen operating system to develop its own platform called Android.

Jobs' antipathy toward Google and its former CEO, Eric Schmidt, was well documented during interviews he gave with his biographer, Walter Isaacson. In the book, titled simply "Steve Jobs," Jobs called Android a "stolen product." Schmidt was an Apple board member for three years until he resigned in August 2009 as the rivalry between the two companies grew. Levinson resigned from Google's board two months later.

Levinson joined Genentech as a research scientist in 1980 and led it as chief executive from 1995 to 2009. Levinson has been co-lead director on Apple Inc.'s board since 2005, serving alongside Avon Products Inc. CEO Andrea Jung.

In the years after Levinson became an Apple director in 2000, the board was periodically derided for being too deferential to Jobs.

Some of the criticism centered on the touchy subject about how much information the board should have shared about Jobs' health problems, especially after he took a six-month leave of absence in 2009. Most shareholders didn't find out that Jobs had gotten a liver transplant until reading about it in The Wall Street Journal just before he returned to work.

During Levinson's tenure, the board also approved the manipulation of stock options that increased their value to Jobs and other executives. The options were backdated to a time when Apple's shares were worth less than when they were granted - a move that increased the potential windfalls for the recipients.

If companies backdate options without properly disclosing and accounting for the move, it can cause profits to be overstated. That's what happened at Apple and dozens of other technology companies in a scandal that rocked Silicon Valley in 2006 and 2007.

The Securities and Exchange Commission reached a $2.2 million settlement with Apple's former general counsel in 2008, but never took action against Jobs or the company's board.

Disney's Iger repaired frayed relations between Jobs and Disney after he took the reins of the media company in 2005. He first made ABC shows available on iTunes, and then led Disney's acquisition of computer animated movie studio Pixar for $7.4 billion. The Pixar deal made Jobs Disney's largest shareholder.

Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive, said Levinson has made "enormous contributions" to the company since joining the board, saying "his insight and leadership are incredibly valuable."

Cook said that Iger, 60, was "a great fit for Apple" because his stewardship of Disney is based on principles that Apple shares - generating creative content, using new technology and expanding into new markets around the world.

Both men will serve on Apple's audit committee.

"I am extremely pleased to join the board of such a wonderful company," Iger said in a statement. "Over the years, I have come to know and admire the management team, now ably led by Tim Cook, and I am confident they have the leadership and vision to ensure Apple's continued momentum and success."


Nakashima reported from Los Angeles.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Aaron Kizer paints Steve Jobs

Patent Office Exhibit Honors Steve Jobs
In tribute to the tremendous influence of Steve Jobs, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will showcase The Patents and Trademarks of Steve Jobs: Art and Technology that Changed the World. The free exhibit will open to the public on November 16 at the USPTO’s campus in Alexandria, Virginia. “This exhibit commemorates the far-reaching impact of Steve Jobs’ entrepreneurship and innovation on our daily lives,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos. “His patents and trademarks provide a striking example of the importance intelectual property plays in the global marketplace ...More

Thomas Suarez - iPhone Application Developer... and 6th Grader

iPad app developer aged just twelve
By: Jennifer Madison
He's only in sixth grade, but already Thomas Suarez has quite the impressive resume for a rising tech star. The 12-year-old astounded a room full of technology gurus as he took the stage and delivered a swaggering speech at TEDxManhattanBeach to discuss the apps he has released for iOS devices. He confidently told the crowd: 'My parents, my friends and even the people at the Apple store all supported me... and Steve Jobs inspired me.' Thomas, currently enrolled in middle school in the South Bay of Los Angeles ...More

Innovators Beware: The Danger of Viewing Steve Jobs as a 'Tweaker'
By: Chunka Mui
If you aspire to serious corporate innovation, your job has just gotten a little harder. That’s because Malcolm Gladwell recently weighed in on Steve Jobs in The New Yorker with an article titled “The Tweaker: The Real Genius of Steve Jobs.” It is a confounding article, eminently readable, utterly wrong and potentially dangerous. The danger is that Gladwell’s article will likely be misread in executive suites and boardrooms as confirming the wrong-headed idea that innovation should be cheap, easy and incremental and, no matter what, should not involve any serious invention ...More

Steve Jobs Wanted iPhone on Its Own Network, Carrier-Free
By: Christina Bonnington
When Steve Jobs first dreamed up the iPhone with his team at Apple, he didn’t want it to run on AT&T’s network. He wanted to create his own network. So says Silicon Valley venture capitalist John Stanton, who spent a good deal of time with the late Apple CEO during the phone’s development period. Jobs wanted to replace carriers completely, Stanton says, instead using the unlicensed spectrum that Wi-Fi operates on for his phone. “He and I spent a lot of time talking about whether synthetically you could create a carrier using Wi-Fi ...More

The latest Steve Jobs tributes range from touching to wildly inappropriate

An Apple store employee gives a class on how to use the new iPad 2 during the China launch at an Apple Store in central Beijing May 6, 2011. REUTERS/David Gray


By: David Needle
The legend of Steve Jobs lives on. Jobs is the subject of a 600-page biography that's a best seller, countless Internet tributes and TV specials. But one recent homage to the late Apple co-founder probably does more to irk his fans than honor his memory. The Chinese site Giz China, calls the Commemorative Steve Jobs' Android tablet "a rather tasteless knock off" designed to look like a giant iPhone 4S. Giz China says tablet maker Shenzhen Lingyun is behind the new F4S tablet which features a 7-inch display. In the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Issacson, Jobs rails against Android, calling it a rip off of Apple technology: "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. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this," Jobs said. ...More

Lessons from the brutal truth of Steve Jobs
In the early '90s I fell in love with Steve Jobs' new NeXT computer. I had used a Macintosh since I was 19 but after Jobs was kicked out of Apple I gravitated to his new invention, which blew the Mac away. As rabbi at Oxford, I regularly hosted world leaders who came to lectura to our students, and I had to have Jobs. So I arranged a meeting with one of his top lieutenants and traveled to Redwood City, California. As I pulled up in the parking lot, I saw Jobs standing outside speaking to someone. I walked over, politely introduced myself, and shared the purpose of my visit. Would he do us the honor of lecturing to Oxford's students? ...More

APPLE AFTER STEVE JOBS: It's Time To Face The Tough Questions
By: Nicholas Carlson
The biggest story in the technology business is Apple after Steve Jobs. After Jobs came back in late 1997, Apple went on a 14 year comeback run the likes of which the business world has never seen. The iMac, the iPod, the iPhone, and then the iPad were all huge sellers that transformed Apple from a niche business into a company with the world's richest market capitalization. For his brilliant salesmanship, attention to detail, and negotiating tactics - Jobs gets most of the credit. But now he's gone. And that means there are some big questions about Apple's future. Who's in charge, really? Jobs chosen successor, Apple CEO Tim Cook, is not, according to Jobs himself ...More

Cracking the idea of an Apple TV set
By: Andy Ihnatko
It's that most depressing time of year for any tech pundit: the time just after Apple's autumn iOS event. That's it for new products for the rest of the year; it's a drought that won't break until January at the earliest. It leaves us feeling all edgy and out of sorts and at a loss for what to say in social situations. "So what do you think the new iPhone is going to be like?" is how people normally greet us. It's not an offensive question, trust me. I could answer that question. The ones that electrify me with blind panic are questions like "Hey, have you met my wife, Angela?" (Looks kind of familiar. ...More

What Steve Jobs Would Have Said About the Kindle Fire vs. the Nook
By: Christopher Mims
Anyone who has read any of the many, many reviews of Walter Isaacson's biography of El Jobso can guess the first thing that Steve Jobs would have said about the new Amazon Fire and Barnes and Noble Nook tablets. ("This is shit.") But what about the second and third thing he would have said? Which tablet would Steve Jobs have taken to a desert island, assuming he wouldn't just smash them to pieces first and die of boredom rather than be confined to a competitor's inferior product? The answer is easy: The Kindle Fire is the only logical choice for our hypothetical ...More

How name of decade-old iPod was inspired by Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey


Was it only a decade ago that we were lugging ghetto-blasters and Walkmans around? How things have changed — largely thanks to the iPod, which celebrates its tenth birthday this month. The first of the Apple music players hit the shops in November 2001, with enough memory space for ‘1,000 songs in your pocket’. While this was incredibly advanced then, the latest iPod Touch, can carry 14,000 songs. And such was the secrecy of the launch that all prototypes were sealed in shoebox-sized containers to disguise how big they were. The project almost failed due to last-minute battery problems, and Apple’s boss, Steve Jobs, insisted the volume controls weren’t up to scratch (Jobs, who died last month, was partially deaf). There have since been five versions, and more than 320 million have been sold, with ten billion songs bought from Apple’s music store iTunes. ...More

Jobs' 'Oh wow' moment: Isaacson parses Apple chief’s final words
Walter Isaacson, author of the best-selling Steve Jobs bio, thinks Apple is in great hands as a corporation, despite the death of its inspirational leader. “He ended up with the most loyal management team of A players of any corporation in America,” said Isaacson, speaking at a breakfast conversation sponsored by Fortune at Nasdaq headquarters Thursday morning. And while Isaacson spent two years and conducted more than 40 interviews with Jobs before his death, he conceded he could not venture a guess as to what Jobs meant by his final words. ...More

Steve Jobs: The Man Was Fallible
By: Freek Vermeulen
s a student, at Reed College, Steve Jobs came to believe that if he ate only fruits he would eliminate all mucus and not need to shower anymore. It didn’t work. He didn’t smell good. When he got a job at Atari, given his odor, he was swiftly moved into the night shift, where he would be less disruptive to the nostrils of his fellow colleagues. The job at Atari exposed him to the earliest generation of video games. It also exposed him to the world business and what it meant build up and run a company. Some years later, with Steve Wozniak, he founded Apple in Silicon Valley (of course in a garage) ...More

Did Steve Jobs beat Adobe?
By Laurie Danas
In a war over Web standards, Adobe Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:ADBE) has given in to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and stopped development of its Flash Player for mobile browsers. This means Web developers currently using Flash tools will most likely start using HTML5 technology. This is great news for iPhone and iPad users who currently have trouble accessing sites built with Flash. Adobe (NASDAQ:ADBE) is scaling back development of some products, like LiveCycle, and is leaning toward leasing software with the cloud and will also be restructuring and laying off around 7 percent of their workers. ...More

Did Steve Jobs kill the true iPhone 5?
In short: everyone expected an iPhone 5, we got an iPhone 4S. A lot of the letdown and confusion was the result of rumor mill over-grindage, but Business Insider says the iPhone 5 was real—and Apple scrapped it. According to their report—which is based on completely anonymous, unsubstantiated claims—Apple had an iPhone 5 prototype floating around, with the big screen and new form we had all counted on. Sure, sure—same old guesswork put in the microwave and served up before Thanksgiving. Even the crew at BI says "You should probably still read this post with a nice fat dose of salt." ...More

Apple's Steve Jobs will beat Sony from the afterlife

Shown at left is an HTC G1 smartphone offered by T-Mobile and at right is an Apple iPhone 4S smartphone in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011. AP Photo/Eric Risberg.


By: Jonny Evans
In what I wouldn't ever describe as a fair fight, Sony [SNE] CEO, Howard Stringer, says he is finally ready to "compete against Steve Jobs". It seems a little crass that it took the death of the Apple [AAPL] visionary before Stringer could bring it on. "I spent the last five years building a platform so I can compete against Steve Jobs. It's finished, and it's launching now," Forbes reports. Sony hopes to compete by offering an ecosystem of products, spanning its televisión sets, tablets, smartphones and PCs, all ably supported by its media assets: PlayStation games, and Sony's music and film imprints. Sony faces the anticipated introduction of an Apple-branded television set, offering support for iTunes, iCloud, AirPlay and apps, most likely controlled through some cheap touch device, an iPod touch, iPad, or iPhone. Biographer Walter Isaacson reports Steve Jobs told him: "'I'd like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use...It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud.' No longer would users have to fiddle with complex remotes for DVD players and cable channels. 'It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.'" ...More

Sony Looks to Trump Apple in Race for Next-Gen TV, CEO Says
By Ian Paul
Apple isn't the only company reportedly plotting to revolutionize the television set. Sony is also on the case, according to company CEO Howard Stringer. Stringer said all major television manufacturers, including Sony, are "scrambling" to figure out what the next generation of televisions should do. "There's a tremendous amount of R&D going into a different kind of TV set," Stringer said at an even hosted by The Wall Street Journal. Stringer also noted that he has ...More

The 6 pillars of Steve Jobs' design philosophy
By Cliff Kuang
Everyone who cares, even modestly, about design can name a few decisive events that set them on that path. Steve Jobs was no different, but he was also extraordinarily lucky: The formative design lessons he got were so far ahead of their time that they would lay the groundwork for Apple's success with the Macintosh, the iMac, iPhone and the iPad. Here's six of the defining design lessons that Jobs learned, and which imbued every product he created. 1. Craft, Above All. Under Jobs, Apple became famous for a level of craft that seemed almost gratuitous: For example, on the "Sunflower" ...More

Readings from the book of Jobs
‘THINK DIFFERENT.” The slogan that Steve Jobs coined on his prodigal return to Apple in 1997 came to encapsulate his company and his ethos. Doing things his own way, both in business and in life, was his defining characteristic, the secret to his success. Making the reader think differently about Jobs is also the secret to the success of Walter Isaacson’s extraordinarily detailed and deft authorised biography: even the most ardent Apple loyalist will be forced to realise that Jobs was, for all his visionary genius, deeply flawed, odd and capricious ...More

Editorial: Why Apple isn't releasing a TV
By: Ben Drawbaugh
The internet was ablaze upon the release of the Steve Jobs' biography about a particularly interesting quote that seemed to reveal that Apple would release a TV. This is just as exciting a proposition as it was over four years ago to smartphone users who dreamed that Apple would fix the mobile phone. But the fact is that Apple, and many others, have been trying to "fix" TV for years, and to date we are still stuck with hundreds of channels that have nothing on, a dozen remotes and a textbook example of how not to make a user interface. It seems, though, that people are ignoring ...More

Fascination with Steve Jobs
I have watched all the interviews, read all the articles, and listened to most of the NPR reports on Steve Jobs. Why I am I so fascinated by him? Partly, it's trying to figure out how he became such a genius, a master at putting together ideas, art and technology. It's also seeing in him the usual human foibles, one example is the one I am experiencing, fascination with celebrities. I read that Jobs had a relationship with Joan Baez because she had been romantically involved with Bob Dylan, and Steve was a huge fan of Dylan's. His quest for perfection contributed to his success ...More

Steve Jobs made $1 per year, took no bonuses... but Apple did buy him a $90 MM jet

An artist creates a Rangoli, painting on floor with colors, of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs during a Rangoli competition to mark the Diwali festival in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011. Diwali, the festival of lights. AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade.


It’s widely known that former Apple CEO Steve Jobs didn’t take much of an annual salary from the company. As his expenses were reimbursed to the tune of $248,000 he also didn’t go around losing money. But did you know that he also took no bonuses during most of his time with Apple? In a CNN report entitled $1 Tech Executives, it is detailed that Jobs also had one other rather huge perk - a $90 million Gulfstream V corporate jet. Often seen as the cream of the crop when it comes to corporate aircraft, the Gulfstream V could carry between 14 and 19 passengers (depending on the customization of the interior) for nearly 11,000 KM before having to refuel. Jobs still held a net worth of over $7 billion, but the majority of that came from his held shares in Pixar, not Apple. ...More

Sony's "different kind of TV set"
By: Matt Warman
Speaking at a Wall Street Journal event, Sir Howard said "There's a tremendous amount of R&D going into a different kind of TV set". He highlighted the fact that the flat-panel TV business has struggled to make money, and said that he believed Apple CEO Steve Jobs had intentions of designing a TV product that built on the existing Apple TV. Sir Howard said "We can’t continue selling TV sets [as we currently do]. Every TV set we all make loses money." ...More

Steve Jobs' 'Love Letter to His Wife' Makes Waves in Asia
By: Dan Bloom
From Taipei to Tokyo, and from Singapore to Shanghai, a "love letter" from Steve Jobs to his wife Laurene, written on the 20th anniversary of their marriage and contained in Walter Isaacson's recently published biography of Jobs, has been having a field day among Internet surfers in Asia intent on translating the missive into Chinese (and Japanese) in a better and more touching way. Many readers apparently did not like the way the official translator of the bio presented ...More

Steve Jobs: The parable of the stones
By: Philip Elmer-DeWitt
Steve Jobs really turned on the charm for Robert X. Cringely in the newly rediscovered 70 minute interview shot for Cringely's 1996 PBS special "Triumph of the Nerds" and being prepared, in unedited form, for theatrical release next week. My favorite part part is when Jobs answers the question "What's important to you in the development of a product?" with a dig at John Sculley's Apple (AAPL) and a parable about a can of rocks: You know ...More

What would Steve Jobs do?
By Douglas Rushkoff
When does a cult become a religion? When the cult leader dies. Only then do L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics practitioners become the religión of Scientology, the followers of Joseph Smith become full-fledged Mormons, or -- by the same logic -- a few anti-establishment apostles become Christianity. What then of the cult of Apple after the death of its own leader, Steve Jobs? I like Apple products as much as any user, and respect the contributions that Apple under Jobs' ...More

Adobe throws in towel on Flash in software war with Apple

A young woman reads the biography of the founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, at Dussmann bookstore in Berlin,Germany, 27 October 2011. The book written by Walter Isaacson is available now in stores. EPA/BRITTAPEDERSEN

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Adobe Systems Inc halted development of its Flash Player for mobile browsers, surrendering to Apple Inc in a war over Web standards as the company surprised investors with a restructuring plan.

While the matter might seem like inside baseball for the average person, it is likely to improve the browsing experiences of tens of millions of iPhone and iPad users, who have trouble accessing sites built with Flash.

That is because Adobe's decision means Web developers who currently use Flash tools to produce Web content will likely move over to the newer HTML5 technology, which Adobe embraced on Wednesday.

Adobe's concession to Apple and its late founder Steve Jobs, who famously derided Flash as an inefficient power-hog, came as the design software specialist warned that revenue growth will slow next year.

That is because the company is scaling back development of some products and shifting toward leasing other types of software via the cloud on a subscription basis, instead of selling licenses up front.

The news, detailed Wednesday at the company's annual analyst day, sent shares in the company tumbling nearly 8 percent.

Adobe announced a restructuring plan on Tuesday that involves laying off about 7 percent of its workforce.

Adobe said revenue growth is expected to slow to 4 to 6 percent in fiscal 2012 - below the roughly 9 percent Wall Street was projecting, on average.

The company said the revenue shortfall is partly because it plans to scale back promotion of its LiveCycle business process management software and Connect web conferencing businesses. It will stop marketing those products to most customers, though it will continue to support them.

Analysts were uncertain when Adobe's moves would deliver, despite executives saying that top line growth should return to normal in 2013.

"Shifting from a license model to a recurring model is hard," said Brigantine Advisors analyst Barbara Coffey.

"Longer-term, Adobe will be a stronger company. However, in the meantime we believe that the shares will languish until revenue growth is evident."


Adobe's surrender signals the end of a long-running war with Apple that has overshadowed the software maker's other activities.

At one point in the battle, Steve Jobs wrote a nearly 1,700-word "manifesto," calling Flash unreliable and ill-suited for mobile devices. Adobe retaliated by taking out newspaper ads saying Jobs was just plain wrong.

Analysts say the cessation on Flash development might be a setback to rivals of Apple who tout the ability to support Flash as a reason to buy their equipment. They include Asustek Computer Inc, Google Inc, HTC Corp, Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc, Research in Motion Ltd and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd.

“It certainly changes the position a little bit for those who said that iOS products such as iPhone and iPad were disadvantaged for not supporting flash,” said Michael Gartenberg, an analyst with Gartner.

While Adobe only publicly conceded on Wednesday that HTML5 has become the preferred standard for creating mobile browser content, it has long been investing in the technology.

For example, it worked with magazine publisher Conde Nast for about year developing software that allows for the use of HTML5 technology to publish digital editions of magazines, including the New Yorker and Wired.

This means any content producer can use Adobe's publishing software to build video and motion graphics suitable for the iPad, as well as most other mobile devices.

Plus, Adobe incorporated HTML5 into its popular Illustrator and Dreamweaver software programs and highlighted an HTML5 program dubbed Edge for creating animated Web content it highlighted at its analyst meeting.

The company said it plans to infuse HTML5 technology across its entire product line over the coming years, offering increasingly sophisticated tools and services to design professionals, publishers, retailers and other businesses.

David Wadhwani, head of Adobe's digital media business unit, said the company was in "close collaboration" with Apple as well as Google, Microsoft Corp and others as it developed these new products.

"There is rocket science in this," he said. "There is enough innovation here to last a decade."

He said the company would continue to invest in Flash technology for use in mobile applications that would run on devices through its Adobe AIR platform. To access those applications, a user must first install Adobe's AIR software.

It will also invest in technology to produce Flash applications for desktop computers, including ones that render 3D graphics.

Adobe shares closed down 7.7 percent at $28.08 on Nasdaq, while Apple shares were down 2.7 percent at $395.28.

(Additional reporting by Yinka Adegoke and Jennifer Saba in New York and Poornima Gupta in San Francisco; editing by Edwin Chan, Lisa Von Ahn, Gerald E. McCormick and Andre Grenon).

Steve Wozniak: Steve Jobs and I started Apple without a penny
On November 10, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak visited Synopsys Armenia education department followed by a meeting with leading representatives of IT sector in Armenia. "Steve Wozniak has had an invaluable contribution to IT development. His visit to Armenia will improve Armenia's ranking in IT world," Synopsys Armenia Director Hovik Musaelyan said. Steve Wozniak, invited to Armenia by Presidential Award organizing committee, will be receive IT Award by President Sargsyan for his enormous asset to IT development. "Technologies have made everything out of nothing. Everything depends on small chips that make large systems work. ...More

Should Tech Start-Ups Emulate Steve Jobs or Steve Wozniak?
By: E.D. Kain
Trevor Owens argues that founders of tech startups should emúlate Steve Wozniak, the engineering brains behind Apple's initial success, and Mike Markkula, the company's early CEO, rather than the company's long-time celebrity-CEO, Steve Jobs. He writes: The Apple I & II were built by Steve Wozniak. Wozniak was definitively one of the best computer engineers of his time. At the first personal computer trade show in Atlantic City, Jobs walked around taking a close look at all the competitors. Afterwards he concluded, Wozniak really was the best engineer in the room. The Apple II was marketed and pushed beyond the hobbyist users by Mike Markkula ...More

Former colleagues share memories of Steve Jobs
By: Josh Lowensohn
SAN JOSE, Calif.--The first time Steve Jobs went to go buy a suit, it took an entire day to get everything just right. "Before the Mac introduction, I took him to San Francisco to buy his first suit; he spent the entire day matching colors," recalled Regis McKenna, who was Jobs' marketing mentor during Apple's formative years. "He had to have the right tie, the right suit, the right pants, the right socks, and the right shoes...this was the period before the black shirt and the Chinese uniform." The anecdote was one of many shared by friends and former colleagues of the late Apple co-founder tonight as part of an event to mark Jobs' legacy put on by the Churchill Club at San Jose's Tech Museum. ...More

Apple re-invented the Gorilla Glass
By: Annkur P Agarwal
It is well known that most full touch-screen smartphones on the market today feature a scratch resistant display coating called the 'Gorilla Glass.' Made by a New York based company Corning Glass, the Gorilla Glass allows smartphone makers to feature a large piece of display on the front of their device without the risk of excessive breakdowns or scratches. While this may seem like a easy fix today, back in 2006-2007 when Apple was gearing up for the original iPhone launch, this wasn't that simple. Steve Jobs biography reveals his interactions with Corning Glass while creating a display for the iPhone that is "strong an resistant to scratches." ...More

Global survey of the English language says Steve Jobs is most used name in media

Store clerk Allison Page stacks the new biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson in San Francisco, California October 24, 2011. The biography hit bookstores on Monday, but was released earlier-than-expected on Apple's iBooks and's Kindle late Sunday. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

(Reuters) - "Arab Spring" and "Royal Wedding" were on Wednesday deemed the top phrases of 2011, while late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is the year's top name, according to a global survey of the English language.

"Occupy" -- be it Iraq or Wall Street -- and "deficit" were the two single top words of the year in a list that reflected global turmoil, the Texas-based Global Language Monitor said.

"Our selections this year to a large extent reflect the ongoing political and economic uncertainty that seems to be affecting much of the developed world -- with notable exceptions such as the British royal wedding and the continuing rise of China," said Paul JJ Payack, president of Global Language Monitor.

Citations for Jobs, who died in October at the age of 56, after an eight-year battle with pancreatic cancer, topped those for the slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by more than 30 percent, Payack said.

The words and phrases were compiled using a computer algorithm to track the top 75,000 print and electronic media around the globe, as well as the Internet and social networking websites.

"Arab Spring" is the phrase coined by the media to describe the series of popular uprisings in the Arab world that started in early 2011.

"Royal wedding" reflects the worldwide media attention to the marriage in April of Britain's Prince William to Kate Middleton.

The top five phrases of 2011 were rounded out by "anger and rage", characterizing the mood of the global electorate, "climate change", and "the great recession", although it is technically over in the United States.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

Factbox: Adobe vs Apple on Flash technology

(Reuters) - Here is a timeline of the battle between consumer technology giant Apple Inc and software company Adobe Systems over the latter's Flash technology, which is widely used to view videos and play games on the Internet.

January 2007 - Apple unveils its blockbuster iPhone with a browser that was not compatible with Adobe's Flash player, dealing a blow to the software maker.

June 2008 - Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen said the company was making internal progress on getting Flash to work on the iPhone but cautioned it was still in test phase.

Jan 2010: Apple unveils iPad tablet, which also doesn't run Flash software in browsers, and the company effectively asks developers not to work with Flash.

April 2010: Flash "platform evangelist" Lee Brimelow writes a blog post supporting Flash that ends with the words "Go screw yourself Apple."

April 2010: Apple cofounder and CEO Steve Jobs posts a blog on the company's website simply titled "Thoughts on Flash" where he criticizes the technology as unreliable, ill-suited for mobile devices, and for being a buggy battery hog.

"We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device for a few years now. We have never seen it," he said in the unusual and nearly 1,700-word manifesto.

"Adobe publicly said that Flash would ship on a smartphone in early 2009, then the second half of 2009, then the first half of 2010, and now they say the second half of 2010. We think it will eventually ship, but we're glad we didn't hold our breath."

Jobs said the company prefers open standards for the Web and favors technologies such HTML5 for creating multimedia programs.

April 2010: Adobe Chief Executive Shantanu Narayen calls the technology problems noted by Jobs "a smokescreen," labels Jobs' letter an "extraordinary attack."

June 2010: Jobs snipes again at the "waning" Flash technology at the annual All Things Digital conference. "We didn't start off to have a war with Flash or anything else. We just made a technical decision," he said.

Sept 2010: Bowing to pressure from app developers, Apple eases restrictions for building iPhone and iPad applications, a move that allowed for the use of Flash software.

Adobe responds by saying it was "encouraged to see Apple lifting its restrictions on its licensing terms, giving developers the freedom to choose what tools they use to develop applications for Apple devices."

Oct 2010: Apple says will no longer ship Mac computers with Adobe's Flash player pre-installed but the decision does not ban Flash software from its computers.

Nov 2011: Adobe says it is halting development of its Flash Player for mobile browsers and conceded that HTML5 has become the preferred standard for creating mobile browser content. Adobe plans to infuse HTML5 technology across its entire product line over the coming years.

Malcolm Gladwell gets Steve Jobs wrong
By: Frederick E. Allen
Malcolm Gladwell is getting a lot of attention this week for an article in The New Yorker in which he says that “in the eulogies that followed Jobs’s death, last month, he was repeatedly referred to as a large-scale visionary and inventor. But [Walter] Isaacson’s biography suggests that he was much more of a tweaker.” To support this view, Gladwell explains that Jobs lifted the basic idea of the mouse and the graphical user interface from Xerox, introduced the iPod five years after the first MP3 players appeared, and came out with the iPhone 10 years into the smart phone era. He also describes inventors in England who brought about the Industrial Revolution ...More

Steve Jobs gets the last word on Adobe Flash
By Charles Cooper
In April, 2010, Steve Jobs devoted about 1,700 words to a public post ripping Adobe's Flash to shreds. His most cutting comments concerned the mobile version of Flash. "In addition, Flash has not performed well on mobile devices. We have routinely asked Adobe to show us Flash performing well on a mobile device, any mobile device, for a few years now. We have never seen it.""Adobe publicly said that Flash would ship on a smartphone in early 2009, then the second half of 2009, then the first half of 2010, and now they say the second half of 2010. We think it will eventually ship, but we're glad we didn't hold our breath." In other words, Adobe was offering ...More

Steve Jobs disciple gets graphical with big data analytics
By: Caleb Garling
Tableau Software takes a visual approach to enterprise analytics. “We’re really interested in the beautiful,” says Pat Hanrahan, the company’s chief technology officer. “We almost imagine it as a videogame.” Much like Tidemark — a Redwood City, California, startup that recently emerged from stealth mode — Tableau offers analytics tools designed to provide financial and other data to the non-techie types within the enterprise. And on Wednesday, in another echo of Tidemark, the company released a new analytics tool built atop Hadoop, the open source number-crunching platform. What makes the company different, says Hanrahan, is graphics. ...More

De Bethune creates Steve Jobs tribute timepiece
Pioneering watch company De Bethune has unveiled the Dream Watch IV - a celebratory design that pays homage to the late Steve Jobs, founder and chief executive of Apple, who died last month after a long-term battle with cancer. As a follow up to its DMB, a concept timepiece that merged a smartphone with a pocket watch, the Dream Watch IV is a limited edition titanium shield containing a timepiece, designed to fit around Apple’s most recent launch, the iPhone 4S. The piece has been dubbed a "time sculpture", dedicated to paying tribute to Jobs, whom De Bethune has called a groundbreaking genius. The iPhone shield has been inspired by spaceships and features elements of white gold and diamonds ...More

'Vladimir Lenin' School in Bulgaria wants to change name to 'Steve Jobs'


By: Keith Wagstaff
The beatification of Steve Jobs continues. It appears that students in Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second biggest city, might soon be attending class at a school named for the late Apple founder. The technical secondary school is currently named for another guy who has a reputation for being "revolutionary"-Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. The 50-year-old school obviously is looking to the future, seeing as the school is just now getting access to central heating, according to Novinite. All in all, this seems like a no-brainer. For a 17-year-old student, the choice between tying your school's name with the man whose Soviet Republic swallowed up your country after World War II or the guy who made totally sweet iPhones and iPads doesn't seem too hard. The decision to ditch Lenin is settled. What's still up in the air is whether or not the school will be named for Jobs or a Bulgarian scientist. Regardless, we are looking forward to a new age where today's tech giants are immortalized around the world. Marches in Zuckerberg Square! The ...More

'Lost Interview' shows a younger, healthier Jobs

By: Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer
A recently discovered video copy of a 1995 interview with Steve Jobs shows the Apple co-founder at a healthier time, not long before he rejoined and revitalized the company.

There doesn't appear to be much new in "Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview," which is being shown at Landmark theaters in 19 cities around the country starting Nov. 16. In a copy viewed by The Associated Press on Tuesday, Jobs discusses topics such as how he got interested in computers as a child, his anger at being ousted from Apple in 1985 after a clash with then-CEO John Sculley, and his irritation with competitor Microsoft Corp. - subjects that have been covered elsewhere, and extensively in Walter Isaacson's recently released "Steve Jobs: A Biography."

Jobs and co-founder Steve Wozniak started Apple in 1976 and left in 1985. Jobs returned in 1997 and is credited with rescuing Apple from dire financial straits.

The video does give a look at a healthier version of Jobs - who died in October at age 56 after a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer - than many people have seen in years. On camera, his face looks full and he sports a shaggy head of dark brown hair, along with his signature black mock turtleneck and rimless glasses. At the time, Jobs was running a company called NeXT Computer, which Apple bought in 1996 for its operating software.

Ten minutes of the footage originally appeared in the 1995 PBS miniseries "Triumph of the Nerds." The master tapes disappeared but an unedited VHS copy of the interview was recently found in "Triumph of the Nerds" director Paul Sen's garage. In the copy viewed Tuesday, "Triumph of the Nerds" maker Robert Cringely introduces the footage and poses questions to Jobs off camera. Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Steve Jobs may be Time's first dead Person of the Year
By: Jeff Bercovici
For all the hosannas he elicited, Steve Jobs was never named Time magazine's Person of the Year, a snub that rankled him considerably. Now that he's dead, he may finally win the distinction that eluded him in life. The Apple visionary's name was mentioned throughout a debate Time held Tuesday to discuss POY possibilities, with even those who favored other candidates conceding that he'd make a logical choice. NBC anchor Brian Williams championed Jobs as the for the cover of the annual year-end issue. ...More

Mark Zuckerberg on Steve Jobs and whether Apple tried to buy Facebook
By: Jennifer Van Grove
Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg claimed that Apple never tried to buy Facebook, and disclosed candid details about his conversations with Steve Jobs, in an exclusive interview with broadcast journalist Charlie Rose. VentureBeat has obtained the full transcript of the Charlie Rose interview, set to air Monday night on PBS. The conversation also included Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. The trio discussed Facebook's reluctance to enter China, the company's competition with Google, Amazon and Apple, and its plans for an IPO. On the subject of Steve Jobs, Zuckerberg told Rose, "He was amazing." ...More

Eric Schmidt defends Google, mourns Steve Jobs' death
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt on Tuesday defended his company as a great innovator, contradicting an unflattering portrait drawn by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs before he died last month. Schmidt told reporters that he is still ''very sad and recovering from the sense of loss'' from Jobs' Oct. 5 death. He declined to specifically address Jobs' irate criticism of Google in a biography that drew upon dozens of interviews with the book's author, Walter Isaacson. The biography was released Oct. 24. In it, Jobs contends Internet search leader Google Inc. stole from Apple Inc.'s iPhone to build many of the features in Google's Android software for rival phones. Jobs also belittled the quality of Android and Google's other non-search products, ...More

Steve Jobs death brings new attention to play
The recent death of Apple chief Steve Jobs has drawn renewed attention to a show playing at the New York Public Theater in the East Village. The one-man play, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," is not, as the name might suggest, a bio-play of Steve Jobs. "It's a monologue about two different stories that fit together," says Mike Daisey, the play's creator and performer. "One is the story of all our technology, where it comes from, how it works its way into our lives. It's also the story of the way that our technology is made - a kind of secret story that we don't like to talk about." The story is China - specifically Shenzhen. That southern China city - not far from Hong Kong - has been elevated from a small fishing village to a center of electronics ...More

The 630-page Steve Jobs biography in 3,000 words
By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
I'm only 46% of the way through Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs, according to the Kindle app on my iPad, but I've read enough to recognize that Malcom Gladwell has captured the essence of the book -- and the man -- in his 3,000-word review in the current New Yorker. Gladwell's thesis is that Jobs, at heart, was an information-age version of those 18th and early 19th century engineers who put Britain in the forefront of the industrial revolution by creating and perfecting the automatic mule for spinning cotton. Such men, according to a recent article by economists Ralf Meisenzahl and Joel Mokyr, ...More

Steve Jobs-Themed Bakery to Open in London
If there's one thing tech geeks love more than Apple, it's got to be apple pie. A new pop-up bakery in London is hoping to take advantage of the public's widespread affinity for both, all in the name of a good cause. The appropriately named Megabites Bakery will open Wednesday, November 9 (for one day only) at The Hospital Club in central London. The bakery will sell Steve Jobs portrait cookies, Apple pies, small cakes shaped like iPhones, and a variety of larger 3D cakes. Proceeds will help raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer UK charity efforts. More details on the venue can be found at ...More

Steve Jobs and NeXT: Genesis of the new Apple

Apple CEO Steve Jobs sits next to an iPod Hi-Fi, a new high-fidelity speaker system that works with the iPod in Cupertino California Tuesday 28 February 2006. The iPod Hi-Fi will be sold for $349. EPA/MONICA M. DAVEY.


Some of the most revealing video of Steve Jobs can be seen when he was pitching NeXT Computer–a cutting-edge workstation that flopped but contained the seeds for successful Mac designs to come. I was formally introduced to NeXT when Jobs visited the offices of InfoWorld in San Mateo, Calif.–where I worked as a reporter in the early 1990s. Surprisingly, not many people attended his session. (Or maybe it’s not that surprising since Jobs and NeXT were perceived at that time to be on the skids.) The NeXT Computer circa 1990. A brochure that I’ve held on to all of these years. The computer’s aesthetics presaged the eye-catching Macs to come. It had novelties like a Canon 256MB magneto-optical (MO) drive and a Motorola digital signal processor for handling audio processing. NeXTSTEP operating system was, implying that only idiots wouldn’t be able to see this. The pricey NeXT computer–which had debuted at more than $6,000–had fallen on hard times by then. And the cutting-edge factory in Fremont, Calif.–a reflection of the machine it was making–was on its last legs. ...More

I, Steve: Jobs in his own words
George Beahm has compiled a collection of Steve Jobs quotes in I, Steve. Organized by topic, this is a great (and sourced) collection. Here are a few: • I would trade all my technology for an afternoon with Socrates. • My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better. - People judge you by your performance, so focus on the outcome. Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. • People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that are there. ...More

Steve Jobs dared to challenge the status quo
By: John Snobelen
I live on the dark side. I have for years. The dark side is what my BlackBerry addicted friends call the iPhone world. Truth is, I have become a full time resident of the dark side. I now own an iPad and a MacBook. I watch Apple TV. Heck, my whole life is in the iCloud. I tell my PC dependent friends that I use Apple products because they work. I’ve spent way too many hours on hold waiting to get senseless instructions from a PC “helpless” desk. In truth, that’s only half the story. I first laid eyes on an IPhone about six years ago when I was visiting my friend Jim Heird ...More

Men of genius, Leonardo and Jobs
By: Jo Ann Caplin
He was born out of wedlock. He was a vegetarian. He loved practical jokes. He didn't have a university education. He was talented, however, in many ways. He understood that aesthetics served science and technology. He designed beautiful machines. He lived in a time of extraordinary change and growth. He created incredible works that moved forward that change and growth. If you have been reading Walter Issacson's book on Steve Jobs, you may think that I am referring to him. I'm not. I'm talking about Leonardo da Vinci. ...More

Steve Jobs: Why his biggest success was learning from failure

Apple Computer's CEO Steve Jobs demos movie downloads via a Apple Mac during a media event at the Yerba Buena Center of the Arts Theatre in San Francisco, California Tuesday, 12 September 2006. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO.


By: Jennifer Hill
It's been a month since Steve Jobs' death, and in the weeks since, the world has mourned and shared its admiration and appreciation for the man who brought us beautiful gadgets that changed our lives. Thanks to Walter Isaacson's new biography, the Apple visionary continues to inspire. His life's work taught us many lessons. Among them - that perseverance and adaptability (with a bit of foolishness) are vital partners with vision (and in Jobs' case, of course, genius). Jobs also taught us brilliantly about failure. Many of today's digital natives moving seamlessly from iPhone 4S to the MacBook Air to the iPad have no recollection of the early history of Apple. Regardless about how you felt about the "old" Apple products, the company in its first generation brought innovation to the PC market, but nearly went bankrupt. Apple as a fully integrated, proprietary hardware/software company -- arguably with superior design -- was beaten out by a cannier software competitor and the network effects that that competitor managed to create ...More

Videogame outsells Steve Jobs biography by more than 13 to 1?
By: Philip Elmer-DeWitt
It's hard to imagine what more could have been done to drum up interest in Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs. The only biography of Apple's (AAPL) CEO written with Jobs' cooperation hit the bookstores 19 days after his death in a tsunami of publicity, from 60 Minutes to Charlie Rose to Jon Stewart and everything in between. And the book did well. It sold 379,000 copies and earned $13.2 million in one week, according to Nielsen BookScan, leaping to No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and putting itself in position to become the bestselling book of 2011. ...More

Comparing Apples: Steve Jobs vs Tim Cook
By: Agam Shah
Apple became one of the world's most successful technology companies under Steve Jobs, and it remains to be seen whether new leader Tim Cook can sustain the company's market dominance and magic. Jobs' resignation from Apple as CEO in late August and death at age 56 in October after years of health struggles, have resulted in former Apple COO Cook taking charge. Jobs will be remembered as a visionary, charting a path for Apple to spark a personal computing revolution in the '70s and '80s and developing the iconic iPod, iPhone and iPad products. ...More

Apple in his own image?
By: Jessica E. Vassellaro
Tim Cook promised that Apple Inc. wouldn't change when he took over the company's helm from Steve Jobs in August. But the low-key Mr. Cook has already put his operational mark on Apple in ways that suggest the company won't be entirely the same as under its intense and tempestuous co-founder. In recent weeks, Mr. Cook has tended to administrative matters that never interested Mr. Jobs, such as promotions and corporate reporting structures, according to people familiar with the matter. The new chief executive, 50 years old, has also been more ...More

'Lost interview' with Steve Jobs to be shown on big screen

A portrait of Steve Jobs, featured on the frontpage of the Apple website and seen an iPhone screen, is reflected on the back side of another iPhone in Berlin, Germany, 06 October 2011. Co-founder and long-standing head of Apple died on 05 October 2011 at the age of 56 in California. Jobs battled pancreatic cancer for many years. EPA/ARNO BURGI.


By: Joe Flint
Missing footage from an interview Apple co-founder Steve Jobs gave about 15 years ago for a public TV miniseries has resurfaced and is the basis for a new documentary that will be shown in Landmark Theatres around the country Nov. 16 and 17. Curiosity about the compelling and enigmatic man behind the Apple computer, iPod, iPhone and iPad has skyrocketed since his death from cancer a month ago. A new biography of Jobs by Walter Isaacson is on top of the bestseller list, and a "60 Minutes" show featuring a lengthy segment on the book drew almost 13 million viewers for CBS. The movie, "Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview," is from a conversation Jobs conducted with Robert Cringely for the 1996 miniseries "Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires." The show, about the origins of the personal computer industry and the emergence of Silicon Valley as a technology hub, ran on PBS in the United States and Channel 4 in Britain. ...More

Steve Jobs's $450 glasses sell briskly
By: Alex Frangos
Never wasting an opportunity, the sellers of the rimless spectacles Apple's Steve Jobs wore are capitalizing on the attention surrounding his death. Power Bloom, the Asian distributor of Mr. Jobs's go-to glasses, German-made Lunor Classic Rund PP, turned its booth at a Hong Kong optical trade show into a small Steve Jobs shrine. In a display case were a pair of the glasses and a photo of Mr. Jobs together with the following text: "Steve Jobs 1955-2011: We have lost an ultímate genius. What he has left us are his overwhelming ideas and his favorite glasses." ...More

Jobs' letter of love inspires creativity in his fans
By: Mei Jia
One month after Steve Jobs' death, his love letter to his wife for their 20th wedding anniversary has inspired a string of translations and retranslations as fans of the Apple co-founder search for the perfect words to express their appreciation. Netizens including Luo Huiqiang, 30, known as Jonny_Law on his micro blog, were unhappy with the wording in the official Chinese version of the biography, Steve Jobs, which they said was plain and not touching. They set out to write their own versions. "I use elaborate wordings to share my love for Jobs," Luo said. ...More

Apple to make billions on Google's Android
By: Nigan Arora
After the passing of Steve Jobs, investors face uncertainty in shares of Apple (AAPL). Will the stock next hit $100 or $1,000? This article is the third in a series, "The Future of Apple," designed to give investors appropriate insights on the future of the iconic company. Here we look into the Android mobile operating system developed by Google (GOOG) that directly competes with Apple. Google is supposed to make money from Android, not its competitor Apple, but Apple could be looking at a bonanza. The reality is that Google may never make any money from Android. ...More

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Steve Jobs book jumps to top of bestseller lists

The biography of the founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, is on a table at Dussmann bookstore in Berlin,Germany, 27 October 2011. The book written by Walter Isaacson is available now in stores. EPA/BRITTAPEDERSEN

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walter Isaacson's biography of Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs leapt to the top of bestseller lists in its first week in book stores, flying off shelves to the tune of 379,000 copies, according to Nielsen's BookScan.

"Steve Jobs," which came out on October 24 from publisher Simon & Schuster, sold three times more copies than the next-bestselling book, John Grisham's "The Litigators."

In its first week alone the book became one of the year's 20 bestsellers.

It has been a year since any book has sold more copies in its first week. Both former President George W. Bush's autobiography, "Decision Points," and Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth," sold more than 400,000 copies in their first week last November.

Jobs died on October 5 of pancreatic cancer, age 56. The publication of Isaacson' book, which was written with Jobs' cooperation, was moved up from the original 2012 date.

The 571-page volume was released on Apple's iBooks online store and Amazon's Kindle the day before it hit stores. Amazon later said it expected the book to be its top seller of the year. Sony has already picked up film rights to the book.

(Reporting by Chris Michaud; editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

Steve Jobs: The exclusive biography – review
By: Mark Prigg
The extraordinary scenes worldwide after the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs revealed the incredible affinity people felt for a man they knew virtually nothing about. Walter Isaacson's biography of Jobs, published just weeks after his death, for the first time sheds light on the fiercely, obsessively private man. In a process instigated by Jobs as a way for his children to learn more about him, Isaacson was given unprecedented access to Jobs and both his friends and enemies. The attention to detail is astounding, and this is an encyclopaedic record of Jobs's life ...More

When will we see another Steve Jobs?
By: Khalid Alnowaiser
With the recent passing of the most important visionary and technology innovator of our lifetime, Steve Jobs, I am left with this question: Why can't the Islamic world produce a person as brilliant and generous as Steve Jobs? Let me suggest six reasons why we may not be able to do so. We immediately think of the educational curriculums adopted in the Islamic countries, knowing that education is the first step toward refining the talent and minds of scientists, inventors and innovators. Yet, our curriculums are sterile and outdated ...More

Steve Jobs documentary sheds light on visionary's life
By: Uptin Saiidi
Less than one month after Steve Jobs died of cancer, PBS premiered a documentary examining the visionary’s biggest influences on his life and career. The film spans from his early life in the 8th grade to the worldwide recognition of his innovations following his death on October 6, 2011. In an interview never before seen, a young Jobs shares his optimistic view of the world. "When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life in the world, try not to bash in the walls to much," he said in what looks to be a self-recorded video. ...More

Steve Jobs' legal war on Google, Android rages on
By: David Sarno
Steve Jobs' legacy at Apple Inc. goes well beyond cool gadgets, a thriving retail chain and a music empire. He also launched the company's all-out legal war on Google Inc. In the last months of Jobs' life, Apple unleashed a patent-suit blitzkrieg on its Silicon Valley rival, filing 10 lawsuits in six countries that accuse the Internet search giant of stealing its smartphone and tablet computer technology. The campaign is rooted in Jobs' belief that Google and mobile device manufacturers that use its Android software copied key design and technology features ...More

Everyday heroes: Steve Jobs in perspective

Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled an all new all-in one iMac line of displays during a product presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California, USA, 07 August 2007. EPA/MONICA M. DAVEY


By Mitchell Beer

As I approached my local Apple store on the Saturday afternoon after Steve Jobs' death, I wondered briefly about the change in decor on the front window. What looked like a stucco or clapboard finish seemed out of keeping with the company's angular, austere, ever-so-modern image. It turned out the new look was made up of dozens of post-it notes placed by avid customers to mourn the passing of the Apple founder and ex-CEO. The tableau included several bouquets and one (non-digital) candlestick, the kind of full-scale memorial that usually signals the death of royalty or a well-known pop icon, or marks the spot of a major tragedy. I didn't begrudge Jobs the recognition. His keen sense of human nature translated into generations of products that touched millions at a deep emotional level. But walking past the Apple store, I knew something was wrong with this picture. ...More

Sean Parker on Steve Jobs
By: Sean Parker
Today is an incredibly sad day for me, and indeed for anyone who considers themselves a technologist or entrepreneur. It is also a sad day for anyone who believes in the value of creativity and the importance of innovation, and for the millions of people who were touched by the creative genius evidenced in the many products and companies created by Steve Jobs throughout his remarkable career. Steve Jobs was the most important technology leader of our era ...More

Jobs biography tops bestseller lists
By: Philip Stone
Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late Steve Jobs has become one of the fastest-selling hardback non-fiction books since records began. Brought forward from its original publication date of 24th November following the Apple co-founder’s death on 5th October, Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography (Little, Brown) sold 37,645 copies in its first week on bookshop shelves. Only four hardback biographies/memoirs have sold more in their opening week ...More

Steve Jobs's unfinished luxury Feadship superyacht
Mentioned in the New York Times from Walter Isaacson’s new biography of Steve Jobs, which was released last Monday, the late Apple leader was working on creating his very own Feadship superyacht. Jobs didn’t like the normal yacht designs so he decide to design it himself, not a surprise, creating a super luxurious yacht to rival his good friend and fellow yachtsman Larry Ellison. “The book also offers some tidbits about Mr. Jobs’s legendary attention to detail, which, according to Mr. Isaacson, extended to a luxury yacht that he began designing in 2009 ...More

Was Steve Jobs smart? Scientists on the keys to success
By: Lee Dye
You don't have to be the brightest kid in the class to become the best scholar. Researchers are finding new clues about what it takes to succeed in school, and probably throughout life. For centuries thinkers have argued about what intelligence is, and how much it takes to make a genius, whatever that means, and how important intelligence is in guaranteeing success. Today, most would agree that intelligence is the cornerstone of academic success. ...More

Steve Jobs bio: 379,000 U.S. sales and counting
By: Darrell Etherington
Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography has clearly been a success, topping best-seller lists ahead of its Oct. 24 release, but new numbers from Nielsen BookScan (via The BookSeller) put a finer point on just how well it’s doing. The 656-page book has sold around 379,000 copies in its first week of public availability, according to the BookScan data. That’s better than the next bestselling book, The Litigators by John Grisham. Three times better, in fact. ...More

Steve Jobs named most influential game guy - ever
By: Rik Myslewski
Who has been most influential person in gaming history? The late Steve Jobs. What is the product that has most influenced game development? The iPhone. No, those aren't the opinions of mere fervid fanbois; they're the considered conclusions of 1,000 gaming-industry executives surveyed in the run-up to next week's London Games Conference.Here are the top five in each category, as determined by the survey: Top five people to have shaped video games: ...More

Steve Jobs' private spirituality now an open book
By: Daniel Burke
He preached about the dangers of desire but urged consumers to covet every new iPhone incarnation. "He was an enlightened being who was cruel," says a former girlfriend. "That's a strange combination." Now, we can add another irony to the legacy of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs: Since his death on Oct. 5, the famously private man's spiritual side has become an open book. A relative recounted his last words for The New York Times. ...More

iPad, iPod among trick-or-treaters at Jobs house

Apple Computer's CEO Steve Jobs records his voice on the new Intel based processor iMac during his keynote speech at the Macworld Expo in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California Tuesday 10 January 2006. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO

PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - Boys dressed as an iPad and an iPod were among the trick-or-treaters who stopped by the California home of the late Steve Jobs.

The San Jose Mercury News ( reports dry ice fog enveloped jack-o'-lanterns and thunder rumbled from hidden speakers outside the Palo Alto home where kids have been welcomed for years on Halloween.

About 50 children waited for the gate to open at 6:30 p.m. on Monday in front of the home of the co-founder and former CEO of Apple who died Oct. 5.

Besides the iPad and iPod costumes, youngsters dressed as Spiderman and princesses were in the crowd.

Three women at a table handed out fist-sized cellophane bags filled with candy.

Ghoulish Halloween dummies were poised behind them.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

Pete Townshend admits he wanted to cut Steve Jobs's balls off
Pete Townshend says Apple is bleeding musicians "like a digital vampire" and has called on the tech giant to do more to support artists. The Who guitarist compared Apple to the banking industry, and admitted he had wanted to cut Steve Jobs's balls off, The Guardian reports. In a speech to the radio industry, Townshend said: "Is there really any good reason why, just because iTunes exists in the wild west internet land of Facebook and Twitter, it can't provide some aspect of these services to the artists whose work it bleeds like a digital vampire for its enormous commission?" ...More

Steve Jobs and the Electric Kool Aid Acid Test
By: Art Hyland
It has been 38 years since I squirreled away an article I clipped from the Wall Street Journal, written by Michael Novak and called, “A Closet Capitalist Confesses.” It was 1973, Richard NIxon was attempting to wind down the Vietnam war, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was about 800. It was the year of the first Arab oil embargo (Arab--the term that used to describe some residents of the Middle East), and government gasoline rationing. It was a classic example of the federal government interrupting the free market by making things infinitely worse than if the market had been allowed to allocate the temporary scarcity. ...More

Steve Jobs wasn't just a great businessman: he had a great vision for education as well
By: Katharine Birbalsingh
Everyone is in awe of Steve Jobs, whether it is admiration of his creativity, respect for his resilience or disbelief that, in the early years, he never washed. It is incredible that a man who ran a massive capitalist conglomeration is adored the world over by hippies and creative types who have held vigils and sobbed over his death. Steve Jobs was of course a great man. But unlike so many of those who feel his death as a great loss, he knew why America’s education system was failing its children. Interestingly, in all that has been written about the man who transformed Apple ...More

Apple in his own image
Tim Cook promised that Apple Inc. wouldn't change when he took over the company's helm from Steve Jobs in August. But the low-key Mr. Cook has already put his operational mark on Apple in ways that suggest the company won't be entirely the same as under its intense and tempestuous co-founder. In recent weeks, Mr. Cook has tended to administrative matters that never interested Mr. Jobs, such as promotions and corporate reporting structures, according to people familiar with the matter. ...More

Video: The Steve Jobs '95 interview, unabridged
Computerworld — In 1995, Steve Jobs was on the cusp of middle age -- 40 years old -- when he sat down for an extensive and revealing one-on-one interview by the Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation as part of an oral history project. The Foundation also produced the Computerworld Honors Program, whose executive director, Daniel Morrow, conducted this interview. The Life of Steve Jobs: IDG Editors Reflect: When Jobs sat down for this interview, which was recorded on videotape, his return to Apple was still two years away -- and his once and future company was struggling to remain relevant. ...More

Steve Jobs' childhood home influenced his designs

Haute Living

By: Rachel Willis
Steve Jobs was one of the most innovative men in the world, especially when it came to the design of his products. He always knew how to upgrade the look and feel of a new computer or phone with a sleek simplicity reminiscent of modern architecture. But all the success he experienced in his life makes one wonder where his genius came from. When it comes to design, we can take a look back to Jobs early life and his childhood home for inspiration. Jobs grew up in a modernist home designed by Joseph Eichler - a man who believed that he could bring modern sophistication to the middle class. Eichler himself was inspired by other modernist greats such as Frank Lloyd Wright. The house that Jobs grew up in was filled with large glass windows, high ceilings, sleek countertops and open spaces. Sound familiar? Apple products seem to be driven by a similar aesthetic - shiny glass faces, sleek plastic surfaces and overall simple shapes. ...More

Steve Jobs' sister: 'Death didn't happen to Steve, he achieved it'‎
By: Helena DeMoura
The last minutes in the life of Steve Jobs were still filled by the epiphanies and moments of inspiration that fed his inventor's mind, according to an intimate portrait provided by Jobs' sister in a eulogy published Sunday in The New York Times. Mona Simpson's eulogy -- originally read during Jobs' memorial service on October 16 -- is a sister's celebration of a brother she knew only later in life, and a lament of losing a best friend. It weaves in words what she believed were the foundations of Jobs' genius: his humility and hard work, his love of learning and his family. "I want to tell you a few things I learned from Steve ..More

Steve Jobs bio sheds light on Obama relationship‎
By: Andrew S. Ross
He "was among the greatest of American innovators," President Obama said in a statement marking the death of Steve Jobs last month. "Brave enough to think differently, bold enough to believe he could change the world, and talented enough to do it." It's not clear to what extent Jobs might have returned the compliment. He was, according to the biography written by Walter Isaacson, highly critical of Obama, at one point telling the president to his face, "You're headed for a one-term presidency." He also offered to help create ads for Obama's re-election campaign. ..More

Steve Jobs: management innovator
By: Steve Denning
Deloitte's Shift Index shows that the private sector - once the pride of America and the engine of economic growth - is getting only one quarter of the return on assets or on capital than it got in 1965. Why? The reason is not that the managers have forgotten how to manage. The primary reason is that world has changed and management hasn't. Half a century ago, big firms were in charge of the marketplace. They could dictate terms to customers. Customers had few choices and imperfect information. Large hierarchical bureaucracies pursuing economies of scale and pushing products and services ...More

Jony Ive and the future of Apple
By: Rory Cellan-Jones
Walter Isaacson's biography of Steve Jobs is an extraordinary achievement. As well as a compelling portrait of an often obnoxious genius, he gives us a lively history of the development of consumer technology over the last three decades in which two very different philosophies, open and closed, battle for supremacy in a contest which is still undecided. But what also caught my eye was one of the supporting cast, a man who was probably second only to Steve Jobs in restoring Apple's fortunes after the co-founder's return to the company. ..More

Jobs painted as romantic teen in 'Rolling Stone'


By: Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Many people know Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as an exacting tech visionary. Fewer know him as a romantic, a poet or a costumed "Alice in Wonderland" character at a California shopping mall.

These latter characteristics help make up the portrait of Jobs painted by his first serious girlfriend, Chrisann Brennan, in a "Rolling Stone" story that was shared exclusively with The Associated Press before hitting newsstands Friday.

Brennan and Jobs met in 1972, when he was a senior and she was a junior at Cupertino's Homestead High School. In the piece, she recounts her adventures with a 17-year-old Jobs that summer, from moving into a cabin together to getting paid to portray "Alice" characters at a local mall.

Jobs died Oct. 5 at 56 after struggling for years with pancreatic cancer. After taking his third medical leave from Apple Inc. In January, he resigned as CEO in August, but stayed with the company as chairman. His death came a day after Apple unveiled the latest iPhone, the 4S, which goes on sale Friday.

Brennan's on-and-off relationship with Jobs lasted until the birth of the couple's daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, in 1978.

She says the duo decided to live together that first summer. She tried to snag a room in a Cupertino cabin for them but was turned down by the man renting the place at the time — he said there wasn't room for a couple. Somehow, Steve was able to persuade him to change his mind.

"This alerted me to something remarkable in him," she writes in the "Rolling Stone" essay. "This guy could make things work. And from the way he'd taken charge of the situation, I knew he knew it too."

At the time, Brennan says, Jobs "was almost 100 percent romantic."

"He would tell me we were part of an affiliation of poets and visionaries he called 'the wheat field group' and say we were looking out a window together, with the others, watching the whole world," she writes. "I did not know what he was talking about, but with all my heart I wanted to see such views."

Brennan also recounts how Jobs — who hung a Bob Dylan poster over their bed — would stay up late writing poems on his electric typewriter, often re-writing Dylan tunes. At the time, Brennan wasn't impressed, seeing the results as "a lot of Bob Dylan songs with a few changes."

"Only now do I see what he was trying to do. He was a loner and he didn't talk much, and I think he used Dylan's songs to make sense of the world," she writes.

On the sillier side, Brennan details how she, Jobs, a roommate named Al and Steve Wozniak (who later co-founded Apple with Jobs) played "Alice" characters at a mall in nearby Santa Clara. Brennan got the part of Alice, while Al, Jobs and Wozniak took turns playing the Mad Hatter and White Rabbit — complete with knee-length giant heads that were incredibly hot because of the summer heat and the mall's broken air conditioner.

Brennan writes that Al, Wozniak and Jobs "could barely handle 10 minutes in costume, and so they would run into the dressing rooms to trade off heads and to drink water every 10 minutes. It was painful and hilarious to watch."

Not all of Brennan's recollections were friendly. In the "Rolling Stone" essay, Brennan refers to "the all-too-often despotic jerk Steve turned into as he rose to meet the world." For two years, Jobs denied that he was the father of Lisa, the child born to Brennan in 1978.

Brennan's piece will run in "Rolling Stone" alongside a cover story by Jeff Goodell, an early Apple employee who has written about the company for the past 17 years. In his article, Goodell describes Jobs' business savvy, as well as the "abrasive personality" and "unapologetic brutality" that those who worked intensely with him experienced.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

HK student says Jobs tribute logo not copied


(Reuters) - A Hong Kong design student's tribute to Steve Jobs that generated a buzz in cyberspace following the death of the co-founder of Apple last week is not original, but it is not a rip-off, the teenager said.

Jonathan Mak, 19, said on Monday he was not the first to come up with the design that fits Jobs's silhouette into the bite of the Apple logo. He was speaking after comments surfaced on Twitter that a U.K.-based designer, known as Raid71 on the web, created the original design in May.

But Mak added that he was unaware of the design by Raid71 when he posted his tribute on the Internet, which spread like wildfire in cyberspace on Thursday after Jobs died.

It drew hundreds of thousands of posts, and commemorative caps and T-shirts peddled on eBay featured his design. The logo was even used by Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher as his Twitter profile picture.

Mak, a student at Hong Kong's Polytechnic University School of Design, acknowledged he was not the original creator of the design.

"I didn't rip off his work," Mak told Reuters. "I still arrived at the solution on my own, and my conscience is still clear, but I'm more than happy to acknowledge the fact that somebody did it before me."

Like Mak's design, the UK-based designer fits Jobs's silhouette into the bite of the Apple logo. But the dimensions and proportions of that design differ from Mak's logo.

Jobs, who created revolutionary products and reshaped the way the world approaches computing and personal communications, died on Wednesday at the age of 56.

(Reporting by Sisi Tang; Editing by Charlie Zhu and Nick Macfie)

Steve Jobs' final words revealed by biological sister
Mona Simpson, an author and biological sister of Steve Jobs, said her brother’s final words were “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow,” in an Oct. 16 eulogy she delivered that was published Sunday in The New York Times. Simpson remembered the man she first learned about when she was 25, living in New York and working at a small literary magazine. A lawyer had informed her that she had a rich and famous long-lost brother. The two met, and a relationship emerged. Simpson, now a novelist and professor at the University of California, remembered her brother being simple but true, a hard worker who didn't flinched at the idea a failing and never bought into gimmicks ..More

'None of it bothers me': Bill Gates brushes off criticism by Steve Jobs
By: Rachel Quigley
Bill Gates obviously agrees with the old adage 'Never speak ill of the dead'. Despite being slammed by Apple founder Steve Jobs in his biography, released shortly after his death, the Microsoft giant has refused to return the criticism, saying that 'none of it bothers him at all'. He dismissed the rebukes by his long-time competitor and instead praised him for the impact he had on the world. 'When you think about why is the world better today, the Internet, the personal computer, the phone, the way you can deal with information is just so phenomenal.' In the biography Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson ..More

Apple didn't just change the world, its apps did too
By: Christina DesMarais
Apple’s late founder Steve Jobs often talked about changing the world, and now one of the apps used on Apple mobile devices is being recognized for doing just that. The developer of Word Lens, an application that instantly translates printed words through the camera of an Apple mobile device without needing an Internet connection, was presented a World Technology Award last week. Otavio Good, whose mobile app has been called "magical" by PCWorld, joined the likes of Apple, Amazon, and SpaceX -- the private space travel company started by PayPal and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk. ..More

17 inspirational Steve Jobs quotes
By: Mintleafstudio
Few people leave as significant a mark as Steve Jobs did. In his recent passing, the world lost a businessman, a visionary, an innovator, and a leader. Jobs changed the world, and he did it in a unique way. While those who Jobs left behind regret his passing, but continue to look towards him for inspiration. During his leadership, Jobs provided many inspiring words. On Money: "Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me … Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful… that's what matters to me... The Wall Street Journal, Summer 1993. ..More

Mark W. Smith: Steve Jobs' final act -- the TV?
Steve Jobs was a man of deep contradictions. He started Apple, born out of his parents' garage, as an assault on the establishment. Apple was going to save us from a world of boring beige boxes -- created by manufacturers running Microsoft's operating system. This ethos was famously displayed in the 1984 commercial in which a female athlete hurls a sledgehammer into a screen projecting over a dystopian society. Twenty years later, though, Apple would become the world's most valuable company and outfit an army of digital media consumers in sleek devices with white ear buds. This ascension of Jobs and Apple is outlined ..More

Did Steve Jobs work until the end on the iPhone 5?
By: Ben Glaser
An inside source says Steve Jobs was on the phone with Apple until his very last day, fueling speculation that he personally oversaw the iPhone 5. Japanese businessman Masayoshi Son spoke in an interview about a meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook several weeks ago. 'I visited Apple for the announcement of the iPhone 4S [at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California]. When I was having a meeting with Tim Cook, he said, 'Oh Masa, sorry I have to quit our meeting.' I said, 'Where are you going?' He said, 'My boss is calling me.' That was the day of the announcement of the iPhone 4S. ..More

Steve Jobs biography never reaches Apple founder's core
By: Nicholas Kolakowski
Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs" is set to become the definitive biography of the recently departed Apple CEO, if only because he was granted unprecedented access to not only Jobs, but also a wide variety of friends and rivals and colleagues. For that reason alone, in terms of delving into the psychology and motivations of its subject, the book is certainly more comprehensive than any other Jobs biography. For all that comprehensiveness, however, Jobs-by-Isaacson remains an enigmatic character, bristling with unexplained contradictions and powered by vague motivations. ..More

Steve Jobs: The exclusive biography by Walter Isaacson - review

On the night of Sunday to Monday, the biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs by US author Walter Isaacson was launched in the Apple store in Utrecht, The Netherlands, 24 October 2011. Jobs, who had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, died at the age of 56 at his home in Palo Alto, California, USA, on 05 October 2011. EPA/MICHAEL KOOREN

The Guardian

By: Peter Conrad
Technology begets the future and, thanks to Steve Jobs, it sketched the next phase in the evolution of lame-brained Homo sapiens. The headquarters of Apple in Silicon Valley are located in a galactic street called Infinite Loop and Jobs felt at home in such an abstract location. His preferred non-colour was white and the transparent buildings he helped design had spiral staircases of glass shaped like coils of DNA. He was, he believed, "enlightened", a luminary to be ranked with Gandhi or Einstein. As Walter Isaacson says in this incisive biography, Jobs behaved like a Nietzschean superman, using his will - transmitted through an unblinking stare - as a remote-control device that compelled others to do his bidding. As a child, he made his parents sell their house and buy another one that was beyond their means so he could qualify to enrol in a better school. As an adult, he drove his silver Mercedes at the speed of thought and parked it straddling spaces reserved for disabled drivers: the normal rules were for ordinary mortals. When first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, he refused surgery and thought he could zap the malignancy by applying mental force ..More

Biography shows Jobs felt heat from Android
By: Tony Glover
The late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs vowed that he would ruin the rival companionship Google's mobile phone software, Android. "I will spend my last dying breath if l need to, and l will spend every penny of Apple's $40 billion (Dh146.9bn) in the bank, to right this incorrect. I'm going to ruin Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm going to go thermonuclear war on this," said Jobs, according to a new authorised biography by Walter Isaacson, a former managing editor of Time magazine. Mr Isaacson also claims that Steve Jobs, who died this month, revealed to him that Apple was working on a number of revolutionary new products ..More

How Steve Jobs saved the music industry
The Wall Street Journal
By: Ed Nash
As I write this, I am aware that I will undoubtedly take a lot of criticism from fellow music-industry professionals. But it's important to tell the truth and examine the facts dispassionately. And the truth is that Steve Jobs saved the music industry. In the late 1990s, computer and Internet technology had reached a point that made the transfer of reasonably sized, high-quality MP3 files extremely easy and inexpensive for millions of people. Once that point was reached, the music industry was set on a collision course with modern technology.In 1999, on the heels of the initial success of ..More

Yoko Ono to introduce Steve Jobs tribute at MTV's O Music Awards
MTV is upping the Apple factor at its O Music Awards with a plan to have Yoko Ono introduce the Flaming Lips' musical tribute to Apple Computer co-founder Steve Jobs. Ono, the window of Beatle John Lennon, will speak about her late husband and Jobs before the Lips perform "Revolution," a Lennon-McCartney composition from the Beatles 'White Album. 'The performance was completely shot on iPads. "Like John Lennon, the man I love deeply, Steve Jobs was a dreamer who changed the world," Ono is expected to say during the online awards ceremony that begins Oct. 31 at 8:30 p.m. PT at "But of course when we lose a genius of that caliber, they are never really gone ..More

Jobs: Insufferable genius
Miami Herald
By: Rich Jaroslovsky
Steve Jobs was a remarkable man. Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs is a remarkable book, fully capturing its brilliant, maddening, sometimes appalling, always fascinating subject. Written in a short span as its prime source lay in the grip of mortal illness, the book shows no signs of haste in its reportage, writing or critical thinking. Its sole concession to the unusual circumstances of its creation is that, unlike Isaacson's previous biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, it doesn't attempt to place Jobs in a broader historical context. The focus here is on the man, what he achieved and how he achieved it. how he achieved it. ..More

Biography sees Jobs as crossroads of humanities, science

Store clerk Allison Page stacks the new biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson in San Francisco, California. The biography hit bookstores on Monday, but was released earlier-than-expected on Apple's iBooks and's Kindle late Sunday. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

By: Bernard Vaughan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A genius for mixing the humanities and sciences coupled with a Svengali-like ability to motivate people powered Steve Jobs's mission to change the world, biographer Walter Isaacson concludes in his exhaustive new study of the Apple co-founder.

"Michelangelo knew a lot about how to quarry stone, not just how to be a sculptor," Isaacson quotes Jobs as saying in one of the many interviews the Apple chief executive gave him in the months before Jobs's death on October 5.

Isaacson's "Steve Jobs" quickly became one of the most highly anticipated biographies of the year after the tech icon, the creative force behind products like the MacIntosh PC, iPod, iPhone and iPad, died of pancreatic cancer.

The 571-page volume hit bookstores on October 24 but was released earlier than expected on Apple's iBooks online store and Amazon's Kindle the day before. Amazon later said it expected the book to be its top seller of the year. No doubt, Jobs would have loved that.

"Edwin Land of Polaroid talked about the intersection of the humanities and science," Jobs tells Isaacson toward the end, when discussing his legacy. "I like that intersection. There's something magical about that place."

The book chronicles Jobs's achievements but presents a rounded and colorful portrait, warts and all.

It begins with a young, tearful Jobs trying to comprehend what it means to be adopted, a fact that some sources told Isaacson helped explain later behavior by Jobs such as his denying paternity of his first child.

"The real underlying problem was the theme of abandonment in Steve's life," Andy Hertzfeld, a former Apple colleague, told Isaacson.

The book portrays Jobs as a cutthroat businessman who championed aesthetic perfection over profit, with his character, aggressive behavior and startling inspirations tied part and parcel to his youthful search for identity.

By the time he graduates high school, Jobs's rebelliousness is ascendant as he dabbles with LSD, weird diets and "the mind-bending effects of sleep deprivation," Isaacson writes.

"All of a sudden the wheat field was playing Bach," Jobs said of one LSD trip. "It was the most wonderful feeling of my life up to that point."

Isaacson, whose previous work included well received biographies of Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, provides plenty of context at every stage of Jobs's life (1955-2011).

His childhood neighborhood in the 1960s in what would later be part of the Silicon Valley he helped create was filled with engineers living in homes designed for the American "everyman," which nurtured his interest in electronics and influenced his later passion for clean, simple design.

Born in San Francisco, Jobs found the Bay Area the ideal incubator for his rebel ambitions. Isaacson notes that in the 1970s the classified section of the San Jose Mercury -- where Jobs spotted the ad for his job in 1974 at video game maker Atari -- carried "up to sixty pages of technology help wanted ads."

By the early 1980s, Jobs's personality had developed into a creative force. Friends and colleagues referred to his "reality distortion field," a "confounding melange of a charismatic rhetorical style, indomitable will, and eagerness to bend any fact to fit the purpose at hand," Hertzfeld said.

Driven by Jobs's unrelenting refusal to accept anything less than his vision of a product, his employees completed staggering amounts of work within impossible deadlines.

"If reality did not comport with his will, he would ignore it, as he had done with the birth of his daughter and would do years later, when first diagnosed with cancer," Isaacson writes.

The story of Jobs is replete with tales of his rudeness toward family members, competitors, waitresses or anyone else who didn't live up to his exacting standards.

"At one point the pulmonologist tried to put a mask over his face when he was heavily sedated," Isaacson says of one hospital stay while Jobs was battling cancer.

"Jobs ripped it off and mumbled that he hated the design and refused to wear it .... He ordered them to bring five different options for the mask and he would pick a design he liked."

Isaacson says Jobs called Comcast CEO Brian Roberts after signing up for the cable firm's high-definition service while recuperating from cancer treatment.

"I thought he was calling to say something nice about it," Roberts told Isaacson. "Instead, he told me, 'It sucks.'"

But the man who had no qualms about humiliating people in front of their colleagues was just as likely to break down in tears, something which happens often in the book.

"Because of how very sensitive he is, he knows exactly how to efficiently and effectively hurt someone," Apple designer Jony Ive told Isaacson.

(Editing by Peter Bohan)

'Steve Jobs' review: Walter Isaacson's biography mesmerizes
Los Angeles Times
By Richard Rayner, Special to the Los Angeles Times He was an abandoned child who grew up with the unshakable belief that he was destined to be a prince. How arrogant and sensible of him. His personal hygiene was bad. He often wore no shoes and liked to stick his feet in the toilet. His food faddery was so extreme that he sometimes endangered his own health. While in a hospital for a liver transplant in 2009, he refused to wear a medical mask because he couldn't stand the design. His own signature style, which featured jeans and a black turtleneck (Issey Miyake made him a lifetime supply of the latter, which he kept in a closet), was both anonymous and instantly recognizable. He was a control freak and a credit hog who burst into tears ..More

Steve Jobs documentary to air on PBS in November
Holywood Reporter
The one-hour doc Steve Jobs -- One Last Thing is set to debut on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 10 p.m. ET. Interviews with Jobs' colleagues and others who knew the Apple co-founder will be featured in the film, which "takes an inside look at t he man and the major influences that helped shape his life and career." The Jobs doc airs after the premiere of NOVA The Fabric of the Cosmos. "From the vast complexity of time and space to the genius of a man who put technology in the palm of our hands, these extraordinary programs explore the work of two visionaries in science and technology," said John F. Wilson, senior vice president and chief TV programming executive at PBS. ...More

Where will Steve Jobs' money go? Medical philanthropy has different flavors
By: David Whelan
Will Steve Jobs’ fortune go to support cancer research? His plans for philanthropy have remained a mystery even after his death. There was once a rumor that he was the source of an anonymous $150 million gift to the University of California-San Francisco’s cancer center. Unfortunately, the just-published authorized biography of Jobs did not dig up the answer to that question. And the hospital has tried to deny it was him. Where do big gifts to medical schools come from? Patients like Jobs are a major source. And the institutions that gave him care might benefit someday. ...More

5 things Jobs learned from Dylan, Beatles
By Jon Friedman, MarketWatch
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — As I perused Walter Isaacson’s ballyhooed new biography of Steve Jobs, it struck me how much Bob Dylan and the Beatles influenced the Apple visionary’s life and work. We learn from “Steve Jobs,” that he wasn’t merely a fan of the kings of ‘60s popular culture. Jobs listened — really listened — to the philosophical insights behind the ground-breaking music of Dylan and the Beatles. I suggest that their impact on Jobs counted as much what he picked up from observing the leaders of IBM IBM -0.16% , Microsoft Corp. MSFT -0.99% and the other powerful technology companies. ...More

Happy 10th birthday to the iPod - the little machine that changed our lives
The Telegraph
By: Shane Richmond
When the late Steve Jobs was handed the iPod prototype, he told his engineers it was too big. They said it was as small as it could be, that there was all kinds of technology to fit in that couldn’t be shrunk. Apple’s chief executive paused and then, so the story goes, dropped the iPod in a fishtank. He pointed to the bubbles coming from the gadget and told the engineers that if there was air in it there was space in it. “Make it smaller,” he ordered. The story is apocryphal but believable, given Jobs’s perfectionism. When Apple finally launched the iPod, 10 years ago this week, it changed how we listen to music ...More

Meg Whitman's New HP: Taking A Page From Steve Jobs

This week Meg Whitman stepped forward and confirmed what many of us had known for weeks: that it made no sense for Hewlett-Packard to spin off their PC division. But in the discussion with analysts that happened after the announcement Whitman said something interesting. She said that HP had too many products and needed to focus. In effect, though she didn’t mention his name, she was saying that she believed in the Steve Jobs approach to markets - or rather than doing a lot of things poorly, do fewer things but do them well. This is right out of the new Steve biography. In addition, she indicated that even though HP had killed its tablet and almost killed its smartphone business, Whitman still viewed those markets as important. ...More

Steve Jobs was right about the iPhone 4S
Apple's legendary co-founder Steve Jobs has a posthumous hit on his hands with the launch of the iPhone 4S, which was unveiled one day before his death on October 5. Perhaps inspired by the passing of the peerless tech visionary, customers have been streaming to Apple stores to buy the company's latest smartphone. In the first weekend alone, they snapped up more than four million of the devices. Few could have predicted such a rush in the immediate aftermath of the unveiling of the iPhone 4S. On the day that it was presented to the public, the reaction of the blogosphere, Apple fanboys included, was almost universal disappointment. Instead of treating its customers to an all-new iPhone 5, they moaned, the relentlessly innovative Apple ..More

Steve Jobs Bio: Neither Insane Nor Great
By: Brian Caulfield
There’s a moment in Tom Wolfe’s ‘The Right Stuff,’ where Wolfe does something crazy. The writer not only describes the reaction of Ham, a chimp launched into space in 1961, to his first exposure to the media. He crawls inside that chimp’s skull and makes the reader understand what he was thinking. "And suddenly there was a whole new mob of humans on hand! Even worse than the white smocks! Louder! Crazier! Totally out of their gourds! Yammering! Roaring, brawling, exploding lights beside their bug-eyed skulls! Suppose they threw him to those assholes! Fuck this–” The result was a teeth-baring, arm-flailing chimp out. ..More

Steve Jobs bio: Author speaks about writing
The Washington Post
By: Hayley Tsukayama
Walter Isaacson, the man behind the 630-page authorized biography of Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs, has been speaking about the emotional process he went through writing the book. In interviews, Isaacson has said that it was difficult for him not to become too connected to Jobs during the course of writing the book. “I got very emotionally — normally than you do as journalist — involved in this,” he told The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart. Isaacson himself said that he got a little caught up in Jobs’s “reality-distortion field” when the late Apple co-founder told the author that he would wait a year to read the book. ..More

How Does Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Compare to Steve Jobs, Other Silicon Valley Icons?
The Wall Street Journal
By: Michael Hickins
Richard Brandt’s new book, “one-click” (Portfolio/Penguin, October 2011), traces the life of CEO and founder Jeff Bezos from his early childhood impressions of a working California ranch to his iron-fisted rule of the online retailing giant he founded. Reporting on technology since 1981, and winning a National Magazine Award for BusinessWeek along the way, Brandt has authored a number of books about technology leaders, including one on Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Inside Larry and Sergey’s Brain, published in 2009). We caught up with Brandt by phone earlier this week. ..More

How Steve Jobs Got Away with Not Having a License Plate
The Atlantic Wire
By: Adam Clark Estes
Steve Jobs was characteristically coy when he told biographer Walter Isaacson why he felt no need to have a license plate on his Mercedes. Jobs brushed off the question as if he were invincible, but it turns out he was just exploiting a loophole in California's vehicle laws. Talking about Jobs and his signature Mercedes AMG sports coupe, Isaacson said on 60 Minutes last weekend: I said, "Why don't you have a license plate?" He said, "Well, I don't want people following me." I said, "Well not having a license plate is probably more noticeable." He said, "Yah, you're probably right. You know why I don't have a license plate?" ..More

Writer Isaacson on Steve Jobs: 'I just listened'

Author Walter Isaacson. Steve Jobs told Isaacson he wanted him to write his biography because he's good at getting people to talk. Jobs, it turns out, didn't need much prodding, secretive as he was about both his private life and the company he founded. "I just listened," said Isaacson, whose book, "Steve Jobs" went on sale Monday, Oct. 24, 2011. Jobs, who died Oct. 5 at the age of 56 after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer, was a man full of deep contradictions, a product of 1960s counterculture who went on to found what is now the world's most valuable technology company, Apple Inc. AP Photo/Patrice Gilbert.

By: BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK (AP) - Steve Jobs told Walter Isaacson he wanted him to write his biography because he's good at getting people to talk. Jobs, it turns out, didn't need much prodding, secretive as he was about both his private life and the company he founded.

"I just listened," said Isaacson, whose book, "Steve Jobs" (Simon & Schuster) went on sale Monday. Jobs, who died Oct. 5 at 56 after a long struggle with pancreatic cancer, was a man full of deep contradictions, a product of 1960s counterculture who went on to found what is now the world's most valuable technology company, Apple Inc.

In an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, Isaacson said Jobs was a compelling storyteller with "fascinating stories." Sometimes, the author would hear him tell those tales two or three times, often with slight variations. But through more than 40 conversations with Jobs, as well as interviews with his family, close friends, co-workers and rivals, Isaacson painted a rich portrait of a complex, sometimes conflicting figure.

Isaacson began work on the book in 2009 after Jobs' wife, Laurene Powell, told him that if he was "ever going to do a book on Steve, you'd better do it now." It was just after Jobs had taken his second medical leave as CEO of Apple, in January of that year. His third leave, which began in January 2011, would be his final one.

"He was not sick through much of this process," Isaacson said, when asked about what it was like to be working on the book and speaking with Jobs' family while he was ill.

"We took long walks," he said. "Every evening, he would have dinner around the kitchen table with his wife and kids. He didn't go out socializing or to black-tie dinners. He didn't travel much. Even though he was focused on his work, he was always home for dinner."

Those who see Jobs as the iconic CEO first might be surprised to read about his devotion to his family. It wasn't always evident. As a young man, Jobs denied paternity of his first daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, for years after Lisa was born in 1978. The two later reconciled.

Isaacson said he was most surprised by the intensity of Jobs' emotions.

"Sometimes I'd look up and there would be tears running down his cheek," Isaacson said.

Jobs told him he was always moved by "artistic purity." Sometimes, it was the design of a product, or even the creation of an advertisement that would move him to tears. Other times, it happened as he talked about a person who meant a lot to him. For his 20th wedding anniversary with Powell, Jobs wrote her a letter that he read to Isaacson from his iPhone. By the end, Isaacson said, he was crying uncontrollably.

"Years passed, kids came, good times, hard times, but never bad times," Jobs wrote in the note. "Our love and respect has endured and grown."

Those around Jobs referred to his ability to influence the perception of those around him as his "reality distortion field." Though on the surface it sounds similar, this was far more complex than someone who is lying or deluding himself. As Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak puts it in the book: "You realize that it can't be true, but he somehow makes it true."

The "reality distortion field" was Jobs' way of getting people to do what they thought was impossible, Isaacson said. An example was how he'd tell an engineer working on the Macintosh that he could save 10 seconds on the time the computer needed to boot up if he just wrote better code.

"And the guy would say 'no you can't,'" Isaacson said.

Jobs then asked the engineer if he could do it if it would save a life. And so the engineer did; he wrote better code and he shaved not 10 but 28 seconds off the Macintosh's boot-up time.

While writing the book, Isaacson said he came to understand the connection between Jobs' temperamental behavior and his artistic passion.

"I have a strong emotional respect for Steve," he said. "And it helped me put in perspective ... the tales of him being hard on people. Because I knew it was all in the context of getting people to do the impossible. Which he did."

Isaacson didn't spend time shadowing Jobs, though he did spend an afternoon at the design studio of Jony Ive, the chief designer at Apple who worked on the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. It was Ive who came up with the idea of making the first iPod, including its headphones, pure white. In the afternoons, Isaacson saidJobs would walk around Ive's studio and touch all the new prototypes that were laid out there.

"He was a very tactile person," Isaacson said. "He loved to fondle the prototypes."

Isaacson spent a long afternoon in that studio and doing so "realized what a serene experience it was. Quiet, with new-age jazz playing softly. The leaves from the trees outside casting dancing silhouette shadows on the tinted windows. And even small products like power adapters being lined up for inspections."

Can Apple continue to thrive without Jobs?

"Yeah, I think that his great creation was not any one product but a company in which creativity was connected to great engineering," Isaacson said. "And that will survive at least while the current people who trained under Steve are there."

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Flaming Lips to give musical tribute to Steve Jobs

File photo of US lead singer and guitarist Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips performing on stage, during the Music Openair Festival St.Gallen, Switzerland, 26 June 2009. EPA/ENNIO LEANZA.

NEW YORK (AP) Steve Jobs helped transform the way music is consumed, and now he's getting a musical tribute.

Rockers the Flaming Lips will honor the late Apple co-founder by performing a cover of the Beatles' "Revolution" at the O Music Awards 2 on Oct. 31. The performance will be recorded with an iPad and broadcast on, MTV announced Tuesday.

Electronic-dance singer Robyn will headline the award show, which will take place in Los Angeles. The special "celebrates the artists, innovators and fans impacting digital music culture."

Other performers and presenters include Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, Travie McCoy and Tyler, the Creator.

Jobs died at age 56 on Oct. 5 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Steve Jobs Called Fox News a 'Destructive Force'
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
(Newser) – Steve Jobs told Rupert Murdoch to his face last year that Fox News is "destructive" and that he was "blowing it" with the conservative news channel, reports Gawker, in the latest round of excerpts from Walter Isaacson's biography of the Apple founder. Jobs was invited to speak at the annual News Corp management retreat in 2010, and in exchange for talking he got to speak directly with Murdoch. "Fox has become a destructive force in our society," Jobs told Murdoch over dinner. "You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you're not careful." Murdoch, for his part, seemed unconcerned by the criticism from...More

Steve Jobs biopic: Is The Social Network's Aaron Sorkin in line to write the film?
The Periscope Post
The Steve Jobs book is selling like hot cakes. The movie is in the pipeline. The life of Jobs. Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography is being snapped up at an astounding rate by excited fans across the world, and now the inevitable conversion of the book into a Hollywood film is well under way. After Sony Pictures acquired the film rights to the book soon after Jobs’ death, speculation began to heat up about who might be involved with the project. The latest name being attached to the film is Aaron Sorkin, the writer of The Social Network and Moneyball, reported The Los Angeles Times Blog. Will he be keen to take the reigns, and would he be a good fit? Considering it. The Los Angeles Times spoke to “a person who was briefed on the project but not authorized ...More

Steve Jobs biographer: Apple founder was driven by simplicity, mystical thinking,and occasional LSD use.
Fast Company
By Gregory Ferenstein
Today Walter Isaacson talks with Fast Company about the method and philosophy that made Steve Jobs better than his competitors at innovation, products, and design. Bill Gates would "be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger,” Jobs said. "His whole life is a combination of mystical enlightenment thinking with hardcore rational thought," Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs' biographer, tells Fast Company. "He has an intuition for connecting artistry with technology and that allows you to make imaginative leaps." Jobs leveraged a combination of both the humanities and sciences to fold ...More

Steve Jobs was a saint. At least partly.
CNN (blog)
The face. The face is everywhere now. Steve Jobs the man is dead. But Steve Jobs the myth is only growing in stature and will only continue to grow as a cultural point of reference as an inspiring model for aspiring entrepreneurs, as a compelling success story with perplexing moral commitments and as an appealing icon whose life, death and products will, for many, cross over the line from profane to sacred. In a USA Today review of Walter Isaacson’s new book, "Steve Jobs," the author rightly suggests that no Silicon Valley figure has attained the “mythical status” of Jobs and notes his “almost messianic zeal” for work. ...More

Excerpts of Steve Jobs book show his advertising genius
Marketing Magazine
If Simon & Schuster wanted to make a few extra bucks off its book Steve Jobs, it could bundle up the parts about advertising and turn it into the definitive manual on how to be a client. Jobs sure made plenty of time to for advertising — three hours every Wednesday afternoon, during which time he’d meet with Lee Clow and James Vincent and others from their agency, TBWA Media Arts Lab, and his own staffers from Apple. Afterwards he might take them to Apple’s design studio to look at forthcoming products. That level of involvement is kind of amazing when you consider that he was spending the rest of his time running one of the most valuable companies in the world. ...More

Steve Jobs created 'iconic' iPad 'after being irritated' over dinner with Microsoft employee
Daily News & Analysis
Apple's visionary co-founder Steve Jobs got the idea of creating the iconic iPad after he felt irritated over a dinner with a Microsoft employee who boasted that they had a revolutionary tablet in production. The true inspiration behind the iPad which has sold a combined total of 39.8 million units, has been revealed in the recently published Walter Isaacson's authorised biography Steve Jobs, the Daily Mail reports."This dinner was like the tenth time he talked to me about it, and I was so sick of it that I came home and said, F**k this, let's show him what a tablet can really be," Jobs said, according to his biographer Isaacson. His anger drove him to create the seven-inch touchscreen iPad that was launched in April 2010. ...More

What would you like Apple to do to your TV?
By: James Poniewozik
When writers dream of someday producing work that will change the world, they are not necessarily thinking about adding millions of dollars to a company’s market cap. But my old boss, Walter Isaacson, pulled off just that with his upcoming biography of Steve Jobs, as Apple’s stock rose $3 a share 3% on a quote that Jobs was on the verge of producing an Apple television set before his death. In Isaacson’s words: ...More

'Steve Jobs' tops every e-book chart it can find
The Warp
By Lucas Shaw
The Steve Jobs biography has debuted at the top of the charts, and you can expect it to stay there for a long time. Though official book sales figures from Nielsen will not be released for more than a week, “Steve Jobs” is already No. 1 on the Kindle bestseller list, the Nook bestseller list and the Apple iBookstore chart.The authorized biography, written by Walter Isaacson, appeared in book stores yesterday, and the print and versions is already No. 1 on Industry analysts expect it to stay there for some time, and Amazon spokesperson Brittany Turner. ...More

Jobs wanted ban on third-party iPhone apps
The iPhone app explosion of the last three years may never have happened if Steve Jobs had his way, it has emerged. Since the arrival of the iPhone 3GS, Apple's phone has been sold and promoted largely on the sheer range of applications available at the App Store, so much so that the ‘there’s an app for that’ ad tagline eventually gained the kind of cultural currency perhaps last seen with the Budweiser ‘Wassup-ing’ frogs. The boom in apps was fostered by Apple sanctioning third-party developers to create wares for its handsets, swelling the range from just a few Apple-created titles to the 500,000-odd on offer now. ...More

Steve Jobs Bio Alludes to a Fully Integrated Apple TV
Signal News
Steve Jobs completely upended several industries in his lifetime, ranging from personal computing to music. It's now surfacing that he paved the way to upend one more industry in his posterity: television. “I'd like to create an integrated television set. Analysts believe Apple has invested in manufacturing facilities in Asia to produce LCD displays ranging in size from 3.5 inches to 50 inches. Analysts met with an Asian supplier contact who said Apple had already commissioned the building of TV prototypes. The USPTO has published Apple patents for television-related technology, including software for browsing and recording live television. ...More

Steve Jobs: HP Implosion was an iTragedy
Wired News
By Robert McMillan In the recently published biography of the late Apple founder, Steve Jobs sums up the new HP as 'tragic.' Hewlett Packard always held a special place in Steve Jobs' heart. And while the two companies were sometimes competitors. , Jobs took no comfort in HP’s corporate meltdown this summer. In fact, he thought it was a tragedy. “Hewlett and Packard built a great company, and they thought they left it in good hands,” Jobs told Apple staffers on his final visit to the company. “But now it’s being dismembered and destroyed. It’s tragic. I hope I’ve left a stronger legacy so that will never happen at Apple.”Journalist Walter Isaacson includes the comments in his intimate portrait of Jobs, iSteve, published on Monday. ...More

Nightline from ABC News: 'Steve Jobs' Book: Tale of Two Steves

Steve Jobs book may be Amazon's 2011 top seller

Copies of the new biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson are displayed at a bookstore in New York October 24, 2011. The biography hit bookstores on Monday, but was released earlier-than-expected on Apple's iBooks and's Kindle late Sunday. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

(Reuters) - The new biography of the late Apple Inc chief Steve Jobs is likely to be Inc's top-selling book of 2011, a spokeswoman at the Internet retailer said on Monday.

"Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson, hit bookstores on Monday though the digital version was released earlier than expected late on Sunday on Apple's iBooks online store and Amazon's Kindle eBook store.

The biography is the best-selling book on and is also listed as the top-selling electronic book on the Kindle.

"The way things are trending, it could very likely be our top-selling book of the year," Amazon spokeswoman Brittany Turner said in a statement.

She did not say how eBook sales compared to physical books, but James McQuivey, an analyst at Forrester Research, said that on average 50 percent of bestsellers are digital and in some cases that can go as high as 70 percent.

"It's very likely for the next six months this book will outperform the physical version," he said.

Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS Corp and the publishing house behind the book, declined to give sales projections.

Jobs reached out to Isaacson in the summer of 2004 and asked the former Time magazine managing editor to consider writing his biography.

At first, Isaacson turned down the offer on the grounds that Jobs was still in the heyday of his career. He reconsidered after realizing that the request came as Jobs was going to be operated on for a rare form of pancreatic cancer.

Isaacson took two years to write the book, which drew upon more than 40 exclusive interviews with Jobsincluding one week before his death on October 5.

Simon & Schuster originally slated the bio -- first titled "iSteve: The Book of Jobs," -- for publication in early 2012. It subsequently twice pushed up the date, first to November 21 and then finally to October 24.

That is unusually quick in an industry where it normally takes publishers at least a year to take a book to market.

There is some precedence though. Publication of the late Senator Edward Kennedy's memoir "True Compass," for example, was also brought forward and landed on shelves a few weeks after he died in 2009.

"Normally it takes a year for a publication to prep the marketplace," said Robert Gottlieb, a literary agent who is chairman of the Trident Media Group.

"The special thing about (Jobs') book is it's not a book that requires a year long preparation for a marketing campaign because the subject sells itself."

There are other factors to consider when pushing up a date including making sure the press run is correct, getting the books from warehouse to the stores, and making sure the stores have a place to trumpet the book.

Even electronic distribution comes with its own concerns.

"There is a huge amount of work -- sorting out the meta data, delivering the feeds and having to deal with quality control," said one publishing executive, who added it often takes a lot of human eyeballs to make sure the electronic transfer goes smoothly.

Another publishing source who did not want to be named due to the sensitivity of the topic believes the Jobs bio had pretty much been completed when Simon & Schuster announced the publication back in the spring.

(Reporting by Alistair Barr and Jennifer Saba; Editing by Tim Dobbyn, Bernard Orr)

Key excerpts from Steve Jobs biography

Store clerk Allison Page reacts after opening a box containing the new biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson at a bookstore in San Francisco, California, October 24, 2011. The biography hit bookstores on Monday, but was released earlier-than-expected on Apple's iBooks and's Kindle late Sunday. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

(Reuters) - A new biography of late Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs hit book-shelves on Monday, offering arguably the most comprehensive, insightful look to date at the life and times of the revered technology visionary.

Below are excerpts from the tome, penned by Walter Isaacson, relating to Apple and Jobs' sometimes stormy, often difficult relationship with Silicon Valley, partners and rivals, and how Jobs communicated his key business beliefs.

Jobs' resignation as CEO:

Jobs was wheeled into a board meeting on August 24, 2011, the day he handed Apple's reins to Tim Cook.

As Jobs' health deteriorated, he wrestled with the decision for weeks, discussing it with his wife, board memberBill Campbell, design chief Jonathan Ive and attorney George Riley.

When he finally made up his mind, arrangements were made to have him driven to 1 Infinite Loop and wheeled into the boardroom as secretly as possible.

"One of the things I wanted to do for Apple was to set an example of how do you transfer power right," Jobs told Isaacson. He added later that evening that his hope was to remain as active as his health allowed.

Making an enemy out of Google inc:

Isaacson's account of Jobs' blow-up over Google's entry into the smartphone market underscores the subsequent animosity he bore toward one-time Apple board member Eric Schmidt.

Jobs felt betrayed because Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin had treated him very much as a mentor. In 2008, he got into a shouting match with the pair, as well as with Android chief Andy Rubin, at Google's headquarters.

Jobs had offered Google an icon or two on the iPhone's home page; but in January 2010, HTC released a phone with multi-touch and other iPhone-like features that prompted Jobs to sue.

"Our lawsuit is saying, 'Google, you fucking ripped off the iPhone, wholesale ripped us off.' Grand theft. 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. I'm willing to go to thermonuclear war on this," Jobs told Isaacson the week after the suit was filed.

"They are scared to death, because they know they are guilty. Outside of Search, Google's products -- Android, Google Docs -- are shit."

Schmidt met with Jobs for coffee days later, but Jobs remained enraged and nothing was resolved.

"We've got you red-handed," Jobs told Schmidt. "I'm not interested in settling. 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."

On Apple's integrated approach:

Jobs' infuriation stemmed partly from a fundamental conflict between Android's open-source approach and his own belief in a closed, carefully controlled ecosystem.

"We do these things not because we are control freaks," he said.

Addressing users' concerns, he said: "They are busy doing whatever it is they do best, and they want us to do what we do best. Their lives are crowded; they have other things to do than think about how to integrate their computers and devices."

"Look at the results -- Android's a mess .... We do it not to make money. We do it because we want to make great products, not crap like Android."

Flash tirade got personal:

Jobs' well-known tirade against Adobe Systems Inc's Flash multimedia software may have had its roots in the 1980s. Apple had invested in Adobe in 1985 and they collaborated to popularize desktop publishing.

But in 1999, Jobs -- after returning to Apple -- had asked Adobe to make its video-editing software available for the new iMac but the company refused, focusing instead on Microsoft Windows. Soon after, founder John Warnock retired.

"I helped put Adobe on the map," Jobs told Isaacson. "The soul of Adobe disappeared when Warnock left. He was the inventor, the person I related to. It's been a bunch of suits since then, and the company has turned out crap."

Apple's control over apps, and censorship:

Isaacson describes an exchange with Ryan Tate, editor of the tech gossip site Valleywag, that offers glimpses into Jobs' steadfast belief in carefully curating the types of applications available for downloading on the iPhone.

Tate emailed Jobs decrying Apple's heavy-handedness and asked: "If (Bob) Dylan was 20 today, how would he feel about your company .... Would he think the iPad had the faintest thing to do with 'revolution'? Revolutions are about freedom."

According to Tate, Jobs replied after midnight: "Yep ... freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn. Yep, freedom. The times they are a changin', and some traditional PC folks feel like their world is slipping away. It is."

When Tate mentioned pornography was just fine with him and his wife, Jobs got snarky. "You might care about porn when you have kids. ... By the way, what have you done that's so great? Do you create anything, or just criticize others' work and belittle their motivations."

Tate told Isaacson he was impressed by Jobs' willingness to spar one-on-one with bloggers and customers.

Antennagate ... and reed:

"Antennagate" -- a faulty iPhone 4 antenna design that caused occasional dropped calls -- received a mountain of publicity, and Jobs came out publicly to acknowledge the mistake and announce a fix. But one little-known incident came to light in Isaacson's book.

Jobs, alerted to the possible defect while in Hawaii, first became defensive, then anguished in a conversation with director Art Levinson. Jobs brushed him off. But where Levinson failed, then-COO Tim Cook prevailed -- by quoting someone as saying Apple was becoming the new Microsoft.

Reviewers praise new Steve Jobs biography

A poster advertising the new biography of Apple CEO Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson is displayed at a bookstore in New York October 24, 2011. The biography hit bookstores on Monday, but was released earlier-than-expected on Apple's iBooks and's Kindle late Sunday. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The biography of late Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs' hit the bookstores on Monday, and reviewers wasted little time in heaping praise on the much-anticipated book destined for the bestseller list.

The New York Times called Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs," which Simon & Schuster published earlier than planned following of Jobs' death from pancreatic cancer on October 5, clear and concise, saying it "does its solid best to hit" its target.

"Here is an encyclopedic survey of all that Mr. Jobs accomplished, replete with the passion and excitement that it deserves," wrote New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin.

Isaacson, the onetime editor of Time magazine and author of biographies on Albert Einstein and BenjaminFranklin, "has given us a nuanced portrait of the brilliant, mercurial, complicated genius," said Entertainment Weekly's Tina Jordan of what she called the "occasionally workmanlike ... thoughtful, broadly sourced" book.

"Isaacson has taken the complete measure of the man. This is a biography as big as Steve Jobs," Jordan concluded.

The Washington Post lauded the book for its scope -- "on the one hand a history of the most exciting time in the age of computers," and "a textbook study of the rise and fall and rise of Apple," as well as "a gadget-lover's dream."

"But more than anything," wrote the Post's Michael Rosenwald, "Isaacson has crafted a biography of a complicated, peculiar personality" which succeeded in showing how Job's character shaped great technological innovations.

Like others, the Huffingtonpost's Barbara Ortutay gave Isaacson's book credit for taking off "the rose-colored glasses that often follow an icon's untimely death," calling the book "a rich portrait" -- if one that could have used "another round of editing" in the rush to publish.

Still, she wrote, "'Steve Jobs' is must-read history."

At ABC News, former Clinton White House staffer George Stephanopoulos praised Isaacson for having "pulled no punches in this book," such as characterizing Jobs as sometimes being very tough, even mean.

"This is a fascinating character study," Stephanopoulos enthused.

Of the 22 amateur reviewers on, the vast majority agreed with the pros, with 18 giving it a highest-possible five stars, while only three tarred the book with a lowly one-star rating.

Steve Jobs and Apple skewered on New York stage

Eric Calderon, an Apple fan who said he owns most of the company's products, browses through the biography of Steve Jobs, sold at a bookstore in Quezon City, Metro Manila October 24, 2011. Many across Asia queued up at bookstores on Monday when the authorized biography of Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs went on sale globally. Biographer Walter Isaacson's "Steve Jobs" reveals that Jobs refused potentially life-saving cancer surgery for nine months, was bullied in school, tried various quirky diets as a teenager, and exhibited early strange behavior such as staring at others without blinking. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravel..

By Jed Horowitz

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In a sold-out theater in downtown Manhattan, two miles from the square where anti-Wall Street demonstrators daily use iPhones, iPads and other devices to mobilize their forces, a performance artist named Mike Daisey is mounting a subversive attack on Apple Inc.

Sitting at a stainless steel table set with nothing but a glass of water, the actor slyly describes his geeky devotion to the perfectionist designs and operating systems of the House of Macintosh and its progenitor, Steve Jobs.

Before long, however, Daisey is recounting a trip he took to China to investigate the heavily guarded massive factories where screens and other parts for countless Apple, Dell, Nokia, Samsung and other manufacturers' products are made.

He meets underage workers, some as young as 12, who describe 12-hour, 14-hour and even 34-hour shifts and their dormitory "cubes" stocked sardine-can style with 13 beds. He shows his iPhone to workers with crippled hands, and describes an "epidemic of suicides" that prompted Foxconn International Holdings, which he says manufactures more than 50 percent of the world's electronic device parts, to install nets around its massive factories in China. (It's "Foxconn's version of corporate responsibility," he says.)

The show, "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs," oscillates between Daisey's China experiences, including his misadventures posing as a prospective purchaser of both bootleg iPhones and Chinese companies, and his gradual disillusionment with his onetime hero, Jobs.

"I started to think," Daisey says, "and that's dangerous for any religion."

Knifing the baby

He depicts Jobs, whom he never met, as an obsessive who divided his employees into either geniuses or bozos, who hooked the public on beautiful devices that he declared obsolete with each new product iteration ("the master of the forced upgrade," an "enemy of nostalgia" who was "never afraid to knife the baby") and who put business ahead of ethics.

"He knew these things," Daisey said of Jobs and the China supply chain, "and he decided not to act."

Daisey is framed onstage by a rectangular structure that flashes intermittently with LED-like illuminations to indicate chaos or order. When the stage lights are brightest, however, the frame is empty, opening on a bare view of brick wall and window - a metaphor, perhaps, for the void Daisey sees at the center of the consumer economy or for marketing creating an insatiable craving for new technology. "Steve Jobs," Daisey marvels, was "so good at making us need things we didn't know we needed."

The show opened in New York last week, days after Jobs's death following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Daisey says Jobs had heard about earlier versions of the show from audience members and occasionally responded with the email: "Mike doesn't appreciate the complexity of the situation."

Recalling his own years basking in the nighttime glow of a MacBook, inhaling the burned PVC incense of a new device being fired up and coddling iPod parts in their perfect packaging, Daisey asks: "Do we just see what we want to see?"

Dear Mr. Cook

Steve Dowling, an Apple spokesman, said the company is committed to "driving the highest standards of social responsibility throughout our supply chains," has on-site auditors at Foxconn and other suppliers, and requires suppliers to commit to a published code of conduct as a condition of doing business.

Apple posts five years' worth of audits verifying compliance on its website and has gone beyond monitoring labor conditions to areas such as breaking up indentured servitude rings, Dowling said.

Daisey, meanwhile, has no illusions that people will give up on electronic devices but as the audience files out of the show, whispering about whether to restart their cellphones, ushers distribute a single page suggesting "concrete steps" for what to do next.

It suggests e-mailing Apple CEO Tim Cook (Daisey gives his address) with a "firm, polite, resolute" plea to hire independent outside auditors to verify factory conditions.

It urges consumers to "think different" about the need to upgrade with the introduction of each new "amazing"Apple device. "If we weighed the human cost of each piece of technology we would become more stringent in our purchasing," Daisey writes.

Evoking one of the show's wittiest scenes, in which the actor despairs about mind-numbing communications tools such as Microsoft's PowerPoint that lets people in the same room avoid talking to each other, the monologist ends his handout with a cry to spread the word about Chinese labor conditions.

"Talking about it, thinking about it when making purchasing decisions and understanding it is not just symbolic. In a world of silence, speaking itself is action," Daisey writes.

(Reporting by Jed Horowitz; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)

Jobs says Bill Gates "unimaginative" in his biography

Reserved copies of a newly released biography of Steve Jobs are displayed at a bookstore in Hong Kong October 24, 2011. The book, written by biographer Walter Isaacson, emerged from scores of interviews withJobs. It is expected to paint an unprecedented, no-holds-barred portrait of a man who famously guarded his privacy fiercely but whose death ignited a global outpouring of grief and tribute. Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, died early this month at the age of 56, after a long battle with cancer and other health issues. REUTERS/Bobby Yip.

By Soyoung Kim and Poornima Gupta

(Reuters) - Steve Jobs called long-time rival and Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates as "unimaginative" and not really a product person, according to a biography of the deceased Apple Inc chief executive.

"Bill is basically unimaginative and has never invented anything, which is why I think he's more comfortable now in philanthropy than technology," Jobs told author Walter Isaacson. "He just shamelessly ripped off other people's ideas."

"He'd be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger," Jobsadded.

The biography "Steve Jobs" by Isaacson hits bookstores on Monday, but was released earlier-than-expected onApple's iBooks and's Kindle late Sunday.

Gates, for his part, was slightly envious of Jobs' mesmerizing effect in people but found the technology icon "weirdly flawed as a human being."

But Gates, despite his differences with Jobs, enjoyed his frequent visits to Apple's office in Cupertino, especially when he got to watch Jobs' interaction with his employees, according to the biography.

"Steve was in his ultimate pied piper mode, proclaiming how the Mac will change the world and overworking people like mad with incredible tensions and complex personal relationships," Gates said.

Isaacson's biography reveals that Jobs refused potentially life-saving cancer surgery for nine months, was bullied in school, tried various quirky diets as a teenager, and exhibited early strange behavior such as staring at others without blinking.

The book paints an unprecedented, no-holds-barred portrait of a man who famously guarded his privacy fiercely but whose death ignited a global outpouring of grief and tribute.

Isaacson, in an interview with "60 Minutes" on CBS on Sunday, provided more insight on Jobs' personality and character traits.

While Jobs revolutionized multiple industries with his cutting-edge products, he was not the world's best manager, Isaacson said.

Jobs changed the course of personal computing during two stints at Apple and then brought a revolution to the mobile market but the inspiring genius is known for his hard edges that have often times alienated colleagues and early investors with his my-way-or-the-highway dictums.

"He's not warm and fuzzy," Isaacson said in the interview. "He was not the world's greatest manager. In fact, he could have been one of the world's worst managers."

"He could be very, very mean to people at times," he added.

Jobs loved to argue but not everyone around him shared that passion, which drove some of his top people away. While his style had yielded breakthrough products, it didn't make for "great management style," Isaacson said.

In one of the more than 40 interviews that Jobs gave the biographer, the technology icon said he felt totally comfortable being brutally honest.

"That's the ante for being in the room. So we're brutally honest with each other and all of them can tell me they think I'm full of shit, and I can tell anyone I think they're full of shit," Jobs said. "And we've had some rip-roaring arguments where we're yelling at each other."

'Few other visions'

Jobs, who has revolutionized the world of personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet, digital publishing and retail stores, would have liked to conquer television as well, Isaacson said.

"He had a few other visions. He would love to make an easy-to-use television set," said Isaacson, speaking of Job's last two-and-a-half years of life. "But he started focusing on his family again as well. And it was a painful brutal struggle. And he would talk, often to me about the pain."

Jobs, in his final meeting with Isaacson in mid-August, still held out hope that there might be one new drug that could save him. He also wanted to believe in God and an afterlife.

"Ever since I've had cancer, I've been thinking about (God) more. And I find myself believing a bit more. Maybe it's because I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn't just all disappear," Isaacson quoted Jobsas saying.

"Then he paused for a second and he said 'yeah, but sometimes I think it's just like an on-off switch. Click and you're gone," Isaacson said of Jobs. "He paused again, and he said: And that's why I don't like putting on-off switches on Apple devices."

(Editing by Anshuman Daga and Derek Caney)

Jobs abrasive style drove some people away: biographer

On the night of Sunday to Monday, the biography of Apple founder Steve Jobs by US author Walter Isaacson was launched in the Apple store in Utrecht, The Netherlands, 24 October 2011. Jobs, who had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, died at the age of 56 at his home in Palo Alto, California, USA, on 05 October 2011. EPA/MICHAEL KOOREN.

By Soyoung Kim and Poornima Gupta

(Reuters) - Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs revolutionized multiple industries with his cutting-edge products but he was not the world's best manager, biographer Walter Isaacson said.

Jobs changed the course of personal computing during two stints at Apple and then brought a revolution to the mobile market but the inspiring genius is known for his hard edges that have often times alienated colleagues and early investors with his my-way-or-the-highway dictums.

"He's not warm and fuzzy," Isaacson said in an interview with "60 Minutes" on CBS on Sunday. "He was not the world's greatest manager. In fact, he could have been one of the world's worst managers."

"He could be very, very mean to people at times," he added.

Jobs loved to argue but not everyone around him shared that passion, which drove some of his top people away. While his style had yielded breakthrough products, it didn't make for "great management style," Isaacson said.

In one of the more than 40 interviews that Jobs gave the biographer, the technology icon said he felt totally comfortable being brutally honest.

"That's the ante for being in the room. So we're brutally honest with each other and all of them can tell me they think I'm full of s**t, and I can tell anyone I think they're full of s**t," Jobs said. "And we've had some rip-roaring arguments where we're yelling at each other."

Isaacson's biography "Steve Jobs," which hits bookstores on Monday, reveals that Jobs refused potentially life-saving cancer surgery for nine months, was bullied in school, tried various quirky diets as a teenager, and exhibited early strange behavior such as staring at others without blinking.

The book is expected to paint an unprecedented, no-holds-barred portrait of a man who famously guarded his privacy fiercely but whose death ignited a global outpouring of grief and tribute.

Isaacson said in the interview that the reality distortion theory that had always been associated with Jobsstemmed from the Apple co-founder's belief that he was special and that the rules didn't apply to him.

'Magical thinking'

"He could drive himself by magical thinking," Isaacson said. "By believing something that the rest of us couldn't possibly believe, and sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't."

Jobs, who has revolutionized the world of personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet, digital publishing and retail stores, would have liked to conquer television as well, Isaacson said.

"He had a few other visions. He would love to make an easy-to-use television set," said Isaacson, speaking of Job's last two-and-a-half years of life. "But he started focusing on his family again as well. And it was a painful brutal struggle. And he would talk, often to me about the pain."

Jobs, in his final meeting with Isaacson in mid-August, still held out hope that there might be one new drug that could save him. He also wanted to believe in God and an afterlife.

"Ever since I've had cancer, I've been thinking about (God) more. And I find myself believing a bit more. Maybe it's because I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn't just all disappear," Isaacson quoted Jobsas saying.

"Then he paused for a second and he said 'yeah, but sometimes I think it's just like an on-off switch. Click and you're gone," Isaacson said of Jobs. "He paused again, and he said: And that's why I don't like putting on-off switches on Apple devices."

(Editing by Anshuman Daga)

'Steve Jobs' delves deep into complex man's life

A Japanese book store putposters of Steve Jobs to promote the releaseof Steve Jobs official biography in downtownTokyo, Japan, 24 October 2011. Thebiography, written by Walter Issacsson, wenton sale world-wide on 24 October.EPA/EVERETT KENNEDY BROWN.

By Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer

"Steve Jobs" (Simon & Schuster), by Walter Isaacson: "Steve Jobs" takes off the rose-colored glasses that often follow an icon's untimely death and instead offers something far more valuable: The chronicle of a complex, brash genius who was crazy enough to think he could change the world — and did.

Through unprecedented access to Jobs with more than 40 conversations, including long sessions sitting in the Apple co-founder's living room, walks around his childhood neighborhood and visits to his company's secretive headquarters, Isaacson takes the reader on a journey that few have had the opportunity to experience.

The book is the first, and with his Oct. 5 death at age 56, the only authorized biography of the famously private Jobs and by extension, the equally secretive Apple Inc. Through Apple, Jobs helped usher in the personal computer era when he put the Macintosh in the hands of regular people. He changed the course of the music, computer animation and mobile phone industries, and touched countless others with the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad, Pixar and iTunes.

His biography, therefore, serves as a chronicle of Silicon Valley, of late 20th- and early 21st-century technology, and of American innovation at its best. For the generation that's grown up in a world where computers are the norm, smartphones feel like fifth limbs and music comes from the Internet rather than record and CD stores, "Steve Jobs" is must-read history.

Isaacson, whose other books include biographies of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin and Henry Kissinger, uses anecdotes from friends, family, colleagues and adversaries to illustrate sometimes deep contradictions inJobs.

Given up for adoption at birth, the young Jobs would go on to deny his daughter Lisa for years. The product of 1960s counterculture who shunned materialism, he'd go on to found what would become the world's most valuable company. Deeply influenced by the tenets of Zen Buddhism, Jobs rarely achieved the internal peace associated with it and was prone to wild mood swings and mean outbursts at people who weren't living up to his expectations.

But it's these contradictions that make the out-of-this-world Apple magician human to a fault. And it's his uncanny ability to meld art and technology, design and engineering, beauty and function that allowed him to put the Macintosh, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad into the hands of millions of people who didn't even know they wanted them. Jobs changed our relationship with technology because he understood humanity as well as he understood chips and interfaces.

"I'm one of the few people who understands how producing technology requires intuition and creativity, and how producing something artistic takes real discipline," Jobs tells Isaacson in one of the extended passages in the book that are in his own words.

These longer interview excerpts pepper the book like rare gems. In them, Jobs offers eloquent, no-apologies explanations of why he did things the way he did and what was going on in his mind amid decisions at Apple and in his own life.

Apple fanboys, tech geeks and encyclopedic-minded journalists will likely comb the book for previously unknown details about Jobs and Apple. I went into it with only a little more knowledge than the average reader, and a tenuous, nostalgic connection to him through having attended high school with his daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs. I found myself combing the book not for secrets about Apple, but secrets about Steve Jobs the man, the father, the son.

With little patience for technical details, I found myself skimming through some of the book's passages detailing the creation of the Apple I computer, the Macintosh and the i-gadgets of Jobs' later years. It's in these passages, though, where the reader might find explanations for why the iPhone's battery is not replaceable, why Macs cost more than PCs and why the iPod's headphones are white.

The intimate chapters, where Jobs' personal side shines through, with all his faults and craziness, leave a deep impression. There's humor, too, especially early on when Isaacson chronicles Jobs' lack of personal hygiene, the barefoot hippie who runs a corporation. And deeply moving are passages about Jobs' resignation as Apple's chief executive, and an afternoon he spent with Isaacson listening to music and reminiscing.

"Steve Jobs" was originally scheduled to hit store shelves in 2012. Its publication date was moved up afterJobs died. As such, there are bits that might have benefited from another round of editing. There are anecdotes, for example, that Isaacson repeats as if introducing them to the reader for the first time.

In the end, it's a rich portrait of one of the greatest minds of our generation.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Will Steve Jobs' final vendetta haunt Google?

In this Sept. 5, 2007, file photo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces the Apple Nano in San Francisco. Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Steve Jobs comes out on Oct. 24. AP Photo/Paul Sakuma.

By: Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google can only hope that Steve Jobs' final vendetta doesn't haunt the Internet search leader from his grave.

The depths of Jobs' antipathy toward Google leaps out of Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Apple's co-founder. The book goes on sale Monday, less than three weeks after Jobs' long battle with pancreatic cancer culminated in his Oct. 5 death. The Associated Press obtained a copy Thursday.

The biography drips with Jobs' vitriol as he discusses his belief that Google stole from Apple's iPhone to build many of the features in Google's Android software for rival phones.

It's clear that the perceived theft represented an unforgiveable act of betrayal to Jobs, who had been a mentor to Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin and had welcomed Google's CEO at the time, Eric Schmidt, to be on Apple's board.

Jobs retaliated with a profane manifesto during a 2010 conversation with his chosen biographer. Isaacson wrote that he never saw Jobs angrier in any of their conversations, which covered a wide variety of emotional topics during a two-year period.

After equating Android to "grand theft" of the iPhone, Jobs lobbed a series of grenades that may blow a hole in Google's image as an innovative company on a crusade to make the world a better place.

"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 told Isaacson. "I'm going to destroy Android because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go to thermonuclear war on this. They are scared to death because they know they are guilty."

Jobs then used a crude word for defecation to describe Android and other products outside of search.

Android now represents one of the chief threats to the iPhone. Although iPhones had a head start and still draw huge lines when new models go on sale, Android devices sold twice as well in the second quarter. According to Gartner, Android's market share grew 2 1/2 times to 43 percent, compared with 17 percent a year earlier. The iPhone's grew as well, but by a smaller margin — to 18 percent, from 14 percent.

Both Google and Apple declined comment to The Associated Press when asked about Jobs' remarks.

Jobs' attack is troubling for Google on several levels.

It suggests that Apple, which has pledged to be true to Jobs' vision, may try to derail Android in court, even if Google obtains more patent protection through its proposed $12.5 billion acquisition of phone maker Motorola Mobility Inc. The derision comes across as a bitter pill for Page and Brin, who have hailed Jobs as one of their idols. It also appears to contradict Schmidt's repeated assertions that he remained on friendly terms with Jobs even after he resigned from Apple's board in 2009.

Most of all, Google should be worried whether the Android brand is damaged by the withering criticism of a revered figure whose public esteem seems to have risen as friends, colleagues and customers paid tribute over the past few weeks.

"The words of cultural icons have a lot of power after death," veteran technology analyst Rob Enderle said. "This almost sounds like a spiritual leader declaring a jihad on Android as his dying wish."

Apple fans tend to be fiercely loyal, making it more feasible to envision an anti-Android movement taking shape like some kind of political protest, Enderle said.

It's also possible that Jobs' criticisms of Google may be seen as hypocritical. That's because some of Apple's computing breakthroughs were based on technology developed by others. The Mac's easy-to-use interface and its mouse controller, for instance, came out of Xerox Corp.

The bitter divide between two of the most beloved and successful technology companies would have seemed inconceivable a few years ago.

In 2006, Google and Apple were on such friendly terms that Jobs welcomed Schmidt to Apple's board of directors with these words: "Like Apple, Google is very focused on innovation and we think Eric's insights and experience will be very valuable in helping to guide Apple in the years ahead," Jobs said.

But in 2008, a year after the iPhone came out, Google unveiled plans to release Android as a free software system that phone makers can use to make devices that compete with the iPhone. Jobs was so infuriated that he went to Google's Mountain View headquarters — about nine miles from Apple's Cupertino office— to try to stop the project, according to the biography.

Jobs' persuasive powers failed to sway Google's leaders.

Now, more than 550,000 devices running on Android are being activated each day. Apple, meanwhile, sold about 3 million fewer iPhones than anticipated in the July-September quarter, contributing to a sharp drop in the company's stock. The newest Android challenger to the iPhone, the Galaxy Nexus from Samsung, is scheduled to go on sale next month.

Although there's no indication in the book that he ever forgave Google, Jobs set aside his disdain for the company long enough to counsel Page nine months ago, according to the biography.

After Google's Jan. 20 announcement that Page would replace Schmidt as CEO in April, Page called Jobs for some pointers. Jobs told Isaacson that his first instinct was to reject Page with a curt expletive, but he reconsidered as he recalled his times as a young entrepreneur listening to the advice of elder Silicon Valley statesmen including Bill Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Co.

Jobs didn't mince words when Page arrived at Jobs' Palo Alto home. He told Page to build a good team of lieutenants. In his first week as Google's CEO, Page reshuffled his management team to eliminate bureaucracy. Jobs also warned Page not to let Google get lazy or flabby.

"The main thing I stressed was to focus," Jobs told Isaacson about his conversation with Page. "Figure out what Google wants to be when it grows up. It's now all over the map. What are the five products you want to focus on? Get rid of the rest because they're dragging you down. They're turning you into Microsoft. They're causing you to turn out adequate products that are adequate but not great."

Page has shut more than 20 Google products and services in his first six months as Google's CEO as part of an effort to "put more wood behind fewer arrows." It was the type of discipline Jobs instilled on Apple when he returned in 1997 after a dozen years of exile. Jobs killed such products as the Newton handheld device and the PC clones that were allowed to run on Apple's operating system.

It still remains to be seen whether Jobs' words of wisdom or his grievances will leave a bigger imprint on Google.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

CNET UK presents: History of the iphone, dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs

Apple posts video of Jobs memorial

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is allowing the general public to get a look at a memorial service it held for employees to celebrate the life of co-founder Steve Jobs at its Cupertino headquarters last week.

The company posted a link on its website late Sunday to a video of the service, which was held on Wednesday in the center of Apple Inc.'s campus. It runs 81 minutes and is kicked off by CEO Tim Cook, who addresses an overflowing crowd of Apple employees. Apple Inc. has not held any public services for Jobs, who died at age 56 on Oct. 5 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Apple sells 4M-plus new iPhone models in 3 days

The Leon Guerrero family, on vacation from Dallas, show off their new Apple iPhone 4S phones they purchased at a Sprint store in San Francisco, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. Apple's latest iPhone arrived to an enthusiastic response from buyers camped out at stores Friday, but many observers noted the crowds were smaller than those that gathered for previous releases. AP Photo/Eric Risberg.

NEW YORK (AP) Apple Inc. on Monday said it sold more than 4 million units of the new iPhone model in three days — meaning it's selling more than twice as fast as the previous model did when it launched last year.

Apple and its phone company partners started selling the iPhone 4S on Friday in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Britain. They are coming to 22 more countries by the end of the month.

When Apple launched the iPhone 4 last year, it sold 1.7 million in the first three days.

There are two more launch countries than last year, and there are also more phone companies that sell the phone. In the U.S., Sprint Nextel Corp. is the new carrier, joining AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless.

On Friday, both AT&T and Sprint said the new phone had broken sales records. At Verizon Wireless, a lot of pent-up iPhone demand was satisfied with the February launch of the iPhone 4, the first iPhone for that company.

Apple shares fell $1.54 to $420.46 in afternoon trading, after hitting a new all-time high of $426.70 earlier in the session.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

New iPhone launch turns into remembrance for Jobs

A customer jumps into the arms of an Apple employee outside the Apple Store in Covent Garden, to celebrate his purchase of the new iPhone 4S, which went on sale in London, Friday, Oct. 14, 2011. AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth.

By: CHIP CUTTER, AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) It wasn't just the latest iPhone that drew people to Apple stores Friday.

Many consumers waited in lines for hours — sometimes enduring chilly temperatures and overnight thunderstorms — to remember Steve Jobs, Apple's visionary who died last week.

The company's first iPhone release since Jobs' death turned into another tribute. Some customers even joked that the new model 4S stood "for Steve."

Tony Medina, a student from Manhattan, stood outside Apple's flagship store on New York's Fifth Avenue for nine hours, waiting through rain. He had originally planned to order the phone online but decided to join a crowd of about 200 people to honor Jobs.

"For loyalty, I felt I had to do the line," he said. "I had to say thank you."

The new phone, which went on sale Friday in seven countries, is faster than the previous model and comes with better software and an improved camera. Yet the unveiling comes at a time when Apple is finding it difficult to maintain the excitement of previous iPhone introductions.

For starters, the phone is more widely available than in the past. In addition to Apple stores, it's also sold by three wireless carriers: AT&T Inc., Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Wireless. Some Best Buy, Target and Walmart stores also carry the phones, as do authorized resellers.

Buyers were also able to preorder the phone on Apple's website and have it shipped to their homes or offices.

Many die-hard Apple fans and investors were disappointed that Apple did not launch a more radically redesigned new model — an iPhone 5. It's been more than a year since Apple's previous model was released.
That also may have contributed to smaller gatherings at some Apple locations.

"People are not as excited about this version as they might have been" if an iPhone 5 came out," said Charles Prosser, a retired teacher and computer technician fromTuscaloosa, Ala.

Even so, hundreds of buyers camped out in front of stores for hours to be among the first to get an iPhone 4S.

Steve Wozniak, who created Apple with Jobs in a Silicon Valley garage in 1976, was first in line at a store in Los Gatos, Calif., having arrived on his Segway the afternoon before.

Wozniak, who typically waits in line for new Apple products, said he barely slept Thursday night as he was busy chatting with Apple fans, taking photos and giving autographs. Wozniak pre-ordered two new iPhones. He bought two more Friday.

"I just want to be part of an important event, so I feel it more deeply," he said.

Many said the event resembled a remembrance to Jobs, who died a day after Apple Inc. announced the new phone.

Emily Smith, a Web designer, checked in to the line in New York on the location-centric social network Foursquare. She got a virtual Steve Jobs badge that read: "Here's to the crazy ones. ThankYouSteve."

In Chicago, Nicole Pacheco dragged her brother and a friend out to buy Apple's latest gadget.

"I wanted to see how it was, to come out here for once," she said as she looked at the line that stretched past her. "We're kind of a memory for Steve Jobs. It's one of his last inventions. It kind of motivated me to get the next one."

Apple and phone companies started taking orders for the iPhone 4S last Friday. Apple said Monday that more than 1 million orders came in, breaking the record set by last year's model, which was available in fewer countries and on fewer carriers.

And a representative for AT&T said Friday that as of 4:30 EDT, it had activated a record number of iPhones and was on track to double its previous single-day record for activations.

Jobs' death could be helping sales. Marketing experts say products designed by widely admired figures such as Jobs usually see an upsurge in sales after their death.

The base model of the iPhone 4S costs $199 in the U.S. with a two-year contract. It comes with 16 gigabytes of storage. Customers can get 32 gigabytes for $299 and 64 gigabytes for $399. The phones come in white or black.

The phones also debuted Friday in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Britain. They are coming to 22 more countries by the end of the month.

Besides a better processor and camera, the new phone has a new operating system that allows users to sync content without needing a computer. It also includes a futuristic, voice-activated service that responds to spoken commands and questions such as "Do I need an umbrella today?"

The new features appealed to Dina Nguyen, who came to the Apple store in Palo Alto, Calif., the same location where Jobs was known to show up on sale days. She and her brother, Kennedy, picked up four iPhones for their family.

The siblings said it was a bit sentimental to get the phones now, right after Jobs' death.

"He left a good legacy. He had a good life. He wanted to make people happy," Kennedy Nguyen said. "It's good to support that."

Associated Press writers Barbara Rodriguez in Chicago, Brooke Donald in Palo Alto, Calif., and Rachel Metz in San Francisco contributed to this report.

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iTunes great for Apple, but was it for music biz?

Trumpet player Winton Marsalis plays after Steve Jobs, Apple Computer's CEO, announcement in San Jose, California Wednesday, 12 October 2005. The announcement introduced the new iMac G5 computer which features a built-in iSight video camera and an Apple Remote to use Front Row media; the new iPod which now plays music, photos and video and holds up to 15,000 songs, 25,000 photos and over 150 hours of video; and iTunes 6 which now allows users to download music videos, short films and televisions shows in partnership with Disney. EPA/ARLEEN NG.


NEW YORK (AP) When Apple rolled out iTunes for the masses in the spring of 2003, the music industry was at a point of transition — and chaos.

Entering the new millennium, albums were enjoying blockbuster sales of several million units for its superstar artists, and profits were booming. Yet the threat of Napster and other forms of illegal downloading threatened to eviscerate those profits as many music fans were starting to get used to the idea that music, and loads of it, could be free.

Apple's iTunes entered into that landscape with a concept that wasn't exactly new: a system where you could pay for songs online. Yet iTunes, with its simple interface, its simple concept — 99 cents per song — and revolutionary MP3 device, the iPod, made it the golden standard.

The entry of Apple and its leader, Steve Jobs, who died Wednesday, into the music world was more than a success — it was a phenomenon. Today, iTunes is the largest music retailer, has redefined the listening experience and has largely become the way that music is consumed.

What's less clear is how much the music industry — which is continuing to decline — has benefited. Even today, consensus is mixed.

"It really did remind an entire industry, and gave a cue to even a culture beyond the industry that if you provided music in a convenient, direct way and responded to the consumers' interest and demands, they would in fact buy it, especially if it was priced appropriately," said James Diener, CEO and President of A&M/Octone Records.

"It forced change in a positive way. People who are critical of what iTunes may have done perhaps have short memories and don't realize that the alternative at the time was that an enormous amount of music was leaking onto the Internet and being consumed for free," Diener added. "The alternative was to inspire people to buy music, and to go to a digital retail site. ... That was a remarkable step forward."

Apple introduced iTunes in 2001, a few months before it would release the now-ubiquitous iPod (which begat the iPod Nano, the iPhone, the iPad). At the time, it was not a music store but a rip-and-burn library service only available for Mac users. It initially was viewed with great skepticism by record companies for its ability to make digital copies of music — something the industry thought would lead to piracy.

The industry had a lot to protect. It was enjoying booming sales at the turn of the last century, fueled by the success of teen sensations like Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync. But it was just starting to feel the effects of the illegal downloading era: The top-selling album of that year, Linkin Park's "Hybrid Theory," sold 4.8 million, down from 2000's top-seller, 'N Sync's "No Strings Attached," which sold almost 8 million a year before.

"That was at the same time we were confronting Napster, we were confronting the beginnings of the global piracy epidemic that was to come," said Jim Donio, president of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, or NARM.

"At the same moment of time, we were also experiencing the biggest weekly sales of all time. It was a very odd confluence of events, because you had the harbinger of immense challenges, but at the same time, reaping the rewards of incredible record breaking physical sales. ... It was heated, it was tense."

When Apple's iTunes became a full-service online music store in 2003, it offered more than 200,000 songs that could be loaded on your iPod and fully portable, all for 99 cents a download, no matter who the artist was (in recent years, it has allowed for more variation, with some singles now costing $1.29 per song).

Bill Werde, editorial director at Billboard, said that while other services were available at the time, the genius of Jobs was making iTunes the ultimate consumer destination.

"He created the retail experience that most people know now. He focused on the fan, he focused on the user experience, he didn't focus on rights and complicated pricing schemes. He focused just on what would be simple and what would be easy for a music fan to do, and what would be good for a music fan to experience," Werde said.

"You look around today, we sell tens of millions of digital tracks each year," he continued. "Given that Apple has an 80 percent, 70 percent market share in that digital space when it comes to downloads, you really see how important Apple has become in selling music to music fans."

Apple set the pricing, to the chagrin of the music industry, promoting parity for singles and albums.

"If you walked into a physical record store prior to iTunes ... there was more confusion about what the value of what certain records were worth. You'd see one record that was a brand new release marked at $17.98, and then another one right next to it for $13.98, so there was a lot of clarity for iTunes," Diener said. "I think what iTunes did, which was wise on their part and difficult necessarily for the industry to appreciate at first, was they just standardized all the pricing. ... That was growing pains for the industry because they were used to having more control of the pricing of their products."

Diener believes that price standardization was one of the key reasons for iTunes' success. But while iTunes was booming, the era also hastened the demise of traditional retail stores like Tower and Virgin. No longer did rabid fans need to form a line in front of a music store to get their favorite album, then play it once they got home; They could order it at home and listen instantaneously.

They also didn't have the buy the whole album: iTunes ushered in the era of the singles artists. Cherry-picking songs from albums has become the norm, and some artists have complained that iTunes led to the diminishment of the album.

"I don't disagree with some of that criticism," Diener said. "By unbundling the album and allowing consumers to buy songs one at a time, it changed the whole nature of consumer thinking of what is the basic unit of music — is it an album or is it a single?"

But Werde says Napster and other forms of illegal downloading already had started that process in motion.

"I don't think that iTunes unbundled the album, but I think Apple sort of benefited from this eco-system that certainly supported the single," he said. "Really, it's the music fan that unbundled the album, by all of these fans clearly responding to this amazing new way to experience their music. I mean, the shuffle button? I think the shuffle button may have single-handedly changed the musical horizon of 50 percent of the world."

In 2010, iTunes marked the sale of its 10 billionth song. Even longtime stalwarts have come to embrace iTunes: The Beatles' catalog finally became available late last year. Paul McCartney considered Jobs a friend and called him "a great creative artist" and a music lover.

Yet for all of iTunes' success, the music industry is still floundering. While sales are up slightly this year, the industry has been on a dramatic decline for the past decade, as labels have been shuttered and thousands of jobs lost as it continues to contract. While digital downloads continue to explode, overall album sales have dropped by at least half.

"Steve Jobs leaves behind a little bit of a complex legacy," Werde said.

"He helped create what we think of today as the legal digital music market, which is a substantial music market around the world. But at the same time, the music business in the retail space is probably worth about half of what it was worth ten years ago, so I don't know that anyone saved the music business," he said. "No one has yet solved the problem that music can still be free."


Nekesa Mumbi Moody is the music editor for the AP. Follow her at

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Factbox: Apple's history and milestones

Passers by walk past a giant portrait of late Apple founder Steve Jobs made of thousands of Post-it-notes on a window of an Apple Store in Munich, Germany, 18 October 2011. Jobs died on 05 October 2011 at the age of 56. EPA/PETERKNEFFEL.

(Reuters) Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs on Wednesday resigned as chief executive of Apple Inc in a stunning move that ended his 14-year reign at the technology giant he co-founded in a garage.

Here are some of Apple's milestones:

1976 - High-school buddies Steven Wozniak and Steve Jobs start Apple Computer. Their first product, Apple I, built in circuit board form, debuts at "the Homebrew Computer Club" in Palo Alto, California.

1977 - Apple II is unveiled, the first personal computer in a plastic case with color graphics.

1983 - Apple starts selling the "Lisa," a desktop computer for businesses with a graphical user interface, the system most users are familiar with today.

1984 - Apple debuts the Macintosh personal computer.

1985 - Jobs leaves Apple after a power struggle.

September 1997 - Jobs is named Apple's interim CEO after the company records losses of more than $1.8 billion.

November 1997 - Jobs introduces a new line of Macintosh computers called G3, and a website that lets people order directly from Apple.

1998 - Apple unveils the iMac desktop computer.

2001 - Apple introduces the iPod.

2003 - The iTunes Store opens, allowing users to buy and download music, audiobooks, movies and TV shows online.

August 2004 - Jobs announces he underwent successful surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his pancreas.

October 2005 - Tim Cook is named Apple's chief operating officer, after serving as executive vice president of worldwide sales and operations since 2002.

January 2007 - Apple introduces the iPhone.

2008 - Apple opens its App Store as an update to iTunes.

January 2009 - Jobs takes leave for health reasons. COO Cook leads the company in the interim.

June 2009 - Jobs returns to the company after undergoing a liver transplant.

April 2010 - Apple begins selling the iPad, a 10-inch touchscreen tablet, and has an 84 percent share of the tablet market by year's end.

January 17, 2011 - Jobs announces that he will take another medical leave.

March 2, 2011 - Apple launches the iPad 2.

August 9, 2011 - Apple briefly edges past Exxon Mobil Corp to become the most valuable U.S. company.

(Compiled by Paritosh Bansal, Liana B. Baker, Ilaina Jonas and Franklin Paul; Editing by Gary Hill)

Memorial for Jobs held at Stanford Sunday

President and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, Robert A. Iger (L) pose with animated characters Woody (R) and Buzz Lightyear (C) as he arrives for the premiere of 'Toy Story 3' in Hollywood, California, USA, 13 June 2010. The Disney-Pixar animated feature by US director Lee Unkrich opens in the United States on 18 June. EPA/MIKE NELSON.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Some of Silicon Valley's top tech leaders attended a memorial service for Steve Jobs held Sunday evening at Stanford University.The Wall Street Journal has reported that invitations were sent out, but Apple and Stanford officials did not release any information about the event.

Calls The Associated Press made to Stanford on Saturday and Sunday seeking details were not returned. Apple has said the services were private.Sunday's event comes after California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a proclamation declaring Sunday as Steve Jobs Day in California.

It was unclear when the event started or how many were in attendance but reporters saw dozens of people walking from a church to another building. Soft music could be heard coming from there later. Apple spokesman Todd Wilder told reporters he had been there since 2 p.m. PDT. He said it was a private event and that he couldn't release any details about it. Stanford also declined comment.

The celebration in memory of Jobs reportedly ended with a rendition of the Randy Newman song "You've Got a Friend in Me" featured in the blockbuster film "Toy Story" made by Pixar, a studio created by Jobs.

Earlier, guards directed the handful of reporters to a parking lot several hundred yards away from Stanford's Memorial Church where the service was held.

Additional personnel behind steel barricades allowed only a smattering of vehicles to enter the area.

Jobs, who co-founded Apple Inc. and was the mastermind behind popular gadgets such as the iPhone and the iPad, died Oct. 5 at age 56 after struggling for years with pancreatic cancer.

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Toy Story - "You've Got a Friend in Me"

Jobs questioned authority all his life, book says

This book cover image released by Simon & Schuster shows "Steve Jobs," by Walter Isaacson. AP Photo/Simon & Schuster.

By: BARBARA ORTUTAY,AP Technology Writers
JORDAN ROBERTSON,AP Technology Writers
RACHEL METZ,AP Technology Writers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new biography portrays Steve Jobs as a skeptic all his life — giving up religion because he was troubled by starving children, calling executives who took over Apple "corrupt" and delaying cancer surgery in favor of cleansings and herbal medicine.

"Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson, to be published Monday, also 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.

The Associated Press purchased a copy of the book Thursday.

The book delves into Jobs' decision to delay surgery for nine months after learning in October 2003 that he had a neuroendocrine tumor - a relatively rare type of pancreatic cancer that normally grows more slowly and is therefore more treatable.

Instead, he tried a vegan diet, acupuncture, herbal remedies and other treatments he found online, and even consulted a psychic. He also was influenced by a doctor who ran a clinic that advised juice fasts, bowel cleansings and other unproven approaches, the book says, before finally having surgery in July 2004.

Isaacson, quoting Jobs, writes in the book: "'I really didn't want them to open up my body, so I tried to see if a few other things would work,' he told me years later with a hint of regret."

Jobs died Oct. 5, at age 56, after a battle with cancer.

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.

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."

"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.

"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.

The book is clearly designed to evoke the Apple style. Its cover features the title and author's name starkly printed in black and gray type against a white background, along with a black-and-white photo of Jobs, thumb and forefinger to his chin.

The biography, for which Jobs granted more than three dozen interviews, is also a look into the thoughts of a man who was famously secret, guarding details of his life as he did Apple's products, and generating plenty of psychoanalysis from a distance.

Jobs resigned as Apple's CEO on Aug. 24, six weeks before he died.

Doctors said Thursday that it was not clear whether the delayed treatment made a difference in Jobs' chances for survival.

"People live with these cancers for far longer than nine months before they're even diagnosed," so it's not known how quickly one can prove fatal, said Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society.

Dr. Michael Pishvaian, a pancreatic cancer expert at Georgetown University's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, said people often are in denial after a cancer diagnosis, and some take a long time to accept recommended treatments.

"We've had many patients who have had bad outcomes when they have delayed treatment. Nine months is certainly a significant period of time to delay," he said.

Fortune magazine reported in 2008 that Jobs tried alternative treatments because he was suspicious of mainstream medicine.

The book says Jobs gave up Christianity at age 13 when he saw starving children on the cover of Life magazine. He asked his Sunday school pastor whether God knew what would happen to them.

Jobs never went back to church, though he did study Zen Buddhism later.

Jobs calls the crop of executives brought in to run Apple after his ouster in 1985 "corrupt people" with "corrupt values" who cared only about making money. Jobs himself is described as caring far more about product than profit.

He told Isaacson they cared only about making money "for themselves mainly, and also for Apple — rather than making great products."

Jobs returned to the company in 1997. After that, he introduced the candy-colored iMac computer, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad, and turned Apple into the most valuable company in America by market value for a time.

The book says that, while some Apple board members were happy that Hewlett-Packard gave up trying to compete with Apple's iPad, Jobs did not think it was cause for celebration.

"Hewlett and Packard built a great company, and they thought they had left it in good hands," Jobs told Isaacson. "But now it's being dismembered and destroyed."

"I hope I've left a stronger legacy so that will never happen at Apple," he added.

Advance sales of the book have topped best-seller lists. Much of the biography adds to what was already known, or speculated, about Jobs. While Isaacson is not the first to tell Jobs' story, he had unprecedented access. Their last interview was weeks before Jobs died.

Jobs reveals in the book that he didn't want to go to college, and the only school he applied to was Reed, a costly private college in Portland, Ore. Once accepted, his parents tried to talk him out of attending Reed, but he told them he wouldn't go to college if they didn't let him go there. Jobs wound up attending but dropped out after less than a year and never went back.

Jobs told Isaacson that he tried various diets, including one of fruits and vegetables. On the naming of Apple, he said he was "on one of my fruitarian diets." He said he had just come back from an apple farm, and thought the name sounded "fun, spirited and not intimidating."

Jobs' eye for simple, clean design was evident early. The case of the Apple II computer had originally included a Plexiglas cover, metal straps and a roll-top door. Jobs, though, wanted something elegant that would make Apple stand out.

He told Isaacson he was struck by Cuisinart food processors while browsing at a department store and decided he wanted a case made of molded plastic.

He called Jonathan Ive, Apple's design chief, his "spiritual partner" at Apple. He told Isaacson that Ive had "more operation power" at Apple than anyone besides Jobs himself — that there's no one at the company who can tell Ive what to do. That, says Jobs, is "the way I set it up."

Jobs was never a typical CEO. Apple's first president, Mike Scott, was hired mainly to manage Jobs, then 22. One of his first projects, according to the book, was getting Jobs to bathe more often. It didn't work.

Jobs' dabbling in LSD and other aspects of 1960s counterculture has been well documented. In the book, Jobs says LSD "reinforced my sense of what was important — creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could."

He also revealed that the Beatles were one of his favorite bands, and one of his wishes was to get the band on iTunes, Apple's revolutionary online music store, before he died. The Beatles' music went on sale on iTunes in late 2010.

The book was originally called "iSteve" and scheduled to come out in March. The release date was moved up to November, then, after Jobs' death, to Monday. It is published by Simon & Schuster and will sell for $35.

Isaacson will appear Sunday on "60 Minutes." CBS News, which airs the program, released excerpts of the book Thursday.


Ortutay reported from New York. AP Technology Writer Peter Svensson in New York and AP Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione in Milwaukee also contributed to this report.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Jobs Refused cancer treatment too long: Biographer

A family walks by the closed and draped Apple Store in Washington, DC USA 19 October 2011. Apple stores closed while a celebration of Steve Jobs' life was held at an outdoor amphitheater at Apple headquarters in California. The memorial lasted about 90 minutes, and employees were able to watch video of it on a live webcast. The event was closed to the public and the news media. EPA/SHAWN THEW.

(Reuters) - Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs refused potentially life-saving cancer surgery for nine months, shrugging off his family's protests and opting instead for alternative medicine, according to the tech visionary's biographer.

When he eventually sought surgery, the rare form of pancreatic cancer had spread to the tissues surrounding the organ, biographer Walter Isaacson said in an interview with "60 Minutes" on CBS, to be aired on Sunday.

Jobs also played down the seriousness of his condition and told everyone he was cured but kept receiving treatment in secret, Isaacson said in the interview.

The biography hits bookstores October 24 and emerged from scores of interviews with Jobs. It is expected to paint an unprecedented, no-holds-barred portrait of a man who famously guarded his privacy fiercely but whose death ignited a global outpouring of grief and tribute.

The book reveals Jobs was bullied in school, tried various quirky diets as a teenager, and exhibited early strange behavior such as staring at others without blinking, according to the Associated Press, which said it bought a copy on Thursday, without disclosing how.

In his "60 Minutes" interview, Isaacson confirmed details that had been speculated upon or widely reported, including that Jobs might have been cured of his "slow-growing" cancer had he sought professional treatment sooner, rather than resorting to unconventional means.

Jobs deeply regretted putting off a decision that might have ultimately saved his life, according to Isaacson.

"He tries to treat it with diet. He goes to spiritualists. He goes to various ways of doing it macrobiotically and he doesn't get an operation," Isaacson said in the interview.

"I think that he kind of felt that if you ignore something, if you don't want something to exist, you can have magical thinking," he said. "We talked about this a lot."

Jobs announced in August 2004 that he had undergone surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his pancreas. In 2008 and 2009 -- as his dwindling weight stirred increasing alarm in Silicon Valley and on Wall Street -- he said first he was fighting a "common bug," then that he was suffering from a hormone imbalance. In 2009, news emerged that he had undergone a liver transplant.


Jobs died on October 5 at the age of 56. Outpourings of sympathy swept across the globe as state leaders, business rivals and fans paid their respects to the man who touched the daily lives of countless millions through the Macintosh computer, iPod, iPhone and iPad.

He had never revealed much about his life or thinking -- until he commissioned Isaacson for a biography he hoped would let his children know him better.

The book shed new light on how Jobs' relationship with longtime friend and ex-Apple board member, then-Google Inc CEO Eric Schmidt -- unraveled when the Internet search giant chose to go toe-to-toe with Apple in the smartphone arena.

According to AP's account of the biography, Jobs went on an expletive-laced rant against what he called "grand theft," after Google launched its Android mobile software on phones made by Taiwan's HTC Corp in 2010.

"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 was cited as saying in the book, according to AP. "I'm going to destroy Android, because it's a stolen product. I'm willing to go thermonuclear war on this."

Experts say Apple and Samsung Electronic's legal patent battle -- spanning at least three continents -- was really an attack on Google's 3-year-old software, now the world's most-used smartphone operating system.

Details also emerged about Jobs' life away from the world of business, which by all accounts had consumed most of his time.

Adopted as a baby by a family in Silicon Valley, Jobs met his biological father -- Abdulfattah "John" Jandali -- several times in the 1980s without realizing who he was, according to Isaacson.

Jandali had been running a restaurant in the area at the time. But Jobs never got in touch with Jandali once he found out the restaurateur was his biological father, according to an excerpt from the TV interview posted on CBS' website.

The technology icon also revealed he stopped going to church at age 13 after he saw starving children on the cover of Life Magazine, the AP cited the book as saying.

Jobs spent years studying Zen Buddhism and has famously traveled through India in search of spiritual guidance.

He talked in his biography about his love for design and called Apple's design chief Jonathan Ive his "spiritual partner"; Ive had "more operation power" at Apple than anyone besides Jobs himself, according to AP.

Jobs, who counted The Beatles among his favorites, came up with the name of his iconic company while on one of his "fruitarian diets." He had just returned from an apple farm and thought the moniker was "fun, spirited and not intimidating," AP cited the biography as saying.

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(Reporting by Poornima Gupta and Edwin Chan; Editing by Richard Chang)

Apple employees celebrate Jobs, stores close

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks to employees during a celebration of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs' life, held at an outdoor amphitheatre at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California October 19, 2011. Apple Inc closed U.S. retail stores for several hours on Wednesday so employees could watch a simulcast of the company-wide celebration. Apple Inc. co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs died October 5 at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues. REUTERS/Apple Inc.

By: BROOKE DONALD, Associated Press

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) - Apple leaders, employees and pop culture stars celebrated the life of Steve Jobs in a tribute Wednesday to a computer visionary who changed the world when he incorporated music, media and lifestyle into a sleek line of products.

The service at company headquarters in Cupertino drew hundreds of employees. They crowded into an outdoor amphitheater to reflect on the legacy of the company co-founder, who died Oct. 5 after battling pancreatic cancer.

Across the country, Apple stores shut their doors for several hours so retail employees could watch through a live webcast. The ceremony was closed to the public and media handlers shooed reporters away from the famously private company.

Despite the best efforts at keeping the 90-minute ceremony private, music drifted across the campus when Norah Jones and British rock band Coldplay performed. And employees took to Twitter to relay some of the scene.

Helicopter footage showed banners splayed on the building walls surrounding the amphitheater with pictures of Jobs. One banner showed Jobs sitting cross-legged cradling the first Macintosh computer. Employees crowded balconies overlooking the stage.

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook, chief designer Jony Ive and former Vice President Al Gore, who is on Apple's board, were among those who took to the stage to reminisce about their experiences working with Jobs, according to employees leaving the service.

They wouldn't give their names but described the ceremony as festive and inspiring.

Elsewhere, Apple customers found shuttered stores but rarely an explanation for the closure. Most who visited didn't mind the inconvenience once they learned of the tribute.

"Jobs is a visionary. He is basically the core of Apple. So it makes a lot of sense," said Stephanie Desanges, 25, who works in finance and lives in New York. She had gone to the store to get her laptop fixed.

Apple customer Carol Badger only had one complaint after she showed up at a store in San Francisco to find it closed.

"I was just a little bit disappointed that it was not simulcast around the world so people could gather in cities and take part, much in the same way England did when Lady Diana passed away," she said.

Analyst Stephen Baker, who tracks consumer electronics sales for research group NPD, said Apple doesn't stand to lose a lot of sales by closing its stores for a few hours.

A customer or two might be unhappy, but most would simply turn to other outlets that sell Apple products, he said.

Ahead of the memorial, Apple unveiled a new Jobs memorial webpage titled "Remembering Steve." The site posts some of the one million messages the company has received since Jobs' death.

People thanked Jobs for his creations, including the iPhone, iPod, iPad and easy-to-use personal computers, and noted how they changed the way they listened to music, read news and communicated with friends.

Wednesday's service follows a memorial at Stanford University last Sunday for friends and family. That service at Memorial Church reportedly brought out tech titans including Oracle chief Larry Ellison and Microsoft's Bill Gates, as well as politicians including Bill Clinton. U2 frontman Bono and Joan Baez reportedly performed.

Associated Press technology writers Rachel Metz and video journalist Haven Daley in San Francisco and technology writers Barbara Ortutay and Peter Svensson in New York contributed to this report.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

A sign announces the temporary closure of the Apple retail store in the Marina District in San Francisco, California October 19, 2011. Apple Inc closed its stores across the United States on Wednesday for several hours to commemorate co-founder Steve Jobs, who died two weeks ago. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith.

White curtains hang as employees inside the Lincoln Park Apple store in Chicago, gather to watch a video feed from the California memorial service for founder Steve Jobs Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast.

Thanks Steve

A young man had a brilliant idea and he expressed it in a graphic form. What is most astonishing is that Jonathan Mak is just 19 years old and studies design in Hong Kong. On August 26, the day that Steve Jobs resigned from Apple, Jonathan posted this design and wrote "Thanks, Steve". This design has been shown throughout the world in a chain reaction by the press - who have given it their front covers such as the Times in London, and television programs too. He has accepted that he is living his 15 minutes of fame, but we believe he will have many more if he stays on this road. Congratulations, Jonathan, on this brilliant idea

Steve Jobs: The man who changed the world, a genius like Leonardo and Einstein

Apple Inc. CEO and co-founder Steve Jobs unveils the much anticipated iPad during an Apple event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, California, USA, 27 January 2010. The launch of the new items was an Apple media invitation-only event. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO.

By: Poornima Gupta and Edwin Chan

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS).- Steve Jobs, who transformed the worlds of personal computing, music and mobile phones, died on Wednesday at the age of 56 after a years-long battle with pancreatic cancer.

The co-founder of Apple Inc, one of the world's great entrepreneurs, was surrounded by his wife and immediate family when he died in Palo Alto, California. Other details were not immediately available.

His death was announced by Apple and sparked an immediate outpouring of sadness and sympathy from world leaders, competitors and other businessmen including Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The Silicon Valley icon who gave the world the iPod, iPhone and iPad had stepped down as chief executive of the world's largest technology company in August, handing the reins to long-time lieutenant Tim Cook.

He was deemed the heart and soul of a company that rivals Exxon Mobil as the most valuable in America.

"Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve," Apple said in a statement.

"His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts."

Apple paid homage to their visionary leader by changing their website to a big black-and-white photograph of him with the caption "Steve Jobs: 1955-2011." The flags outside the company's headquarters at 1 Infinite Loop flew at half mast.

Jobs' health had been a controversial topic for years and his battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer a deep concern to Apple fans and investors.

In past years, even board members have confided to friends their concern that Jobs, in his quest for privacy, was not being forthcoming enough with directors about the true condition of his health.

Now, despite much investor confidence in Cook, who has stood in for his boss during three leaves of absence, there remain concerns about whether Apple would stay a creative force to be reckoned with in the longer term without its visionary.

Jobs died one day after the consumer electronics powerhouse unveiled its latest iPhone, the gadget that transformed mobile communications and catapulted Apple to the highest echelons of the tech world.

His death triggered an immediate outpouring of sympathy.

"The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come," Gates said. "For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely."

Outside an Apple store in New York, mourners laid candles, bouquets of flowers, an apple and an iPod Touch in a makeshift memorial.

"I think half the world found out about his death on an Apple device," said Robbie Sokolowsky, 32, an employee for an online marketing company, who lit a candle outside the store.

Cook said in a statement that Apple planned to hold a celebration of Jobs' life for employees "soon".


A college dropout, Buddhist and son of adoptive parents, Jobs started Apple Computer with friend Steve Wozniak in 1976. The company soon introduced the Apple 1 computer.

But it was the Apple II that became a huge success and gave Apple its position as a critical player in the then-nascent PC industry, culminating in a 1980 initial public offering that made Jobs a multimillionaire.

Despite the subsequent success of the Macintosh computer, Jobs' relationship with top management and the board soured. The company removed most of his powers and then in 1985 he was fired.

Apple's fortunes waned after that. However, its purchase of NeXT -- the computer company Jobs founded after leaving Apple -- in 1997 brought him back into the fold. Later that year, he became interim CEO and in 2000, the company dropped "interim" from his title.

Along the way Jobs also had managed to revolutionize computer animation with his other company, Pixar, but it was the iPhone in 2007 that secured his legacy in the annals of modern technology history.

Forbes estimates Jobs' net worth at $6.1 billion in 2010, placing him in 42nd place on the list of America's richest. It was not immediately known how his estate would be handled.

Six years ago, Jobs had talked about how a sense of his mortality was a major driver behind that vision.

"Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life," Jobs said during a Stanford commencement ceremony in 2005.

"Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure -- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."

"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

(Reporting by Poornima Gupta, Edwin Chan, Andrew Longstreith, Sarah McBride; Editing by Gary Hill and Tiffany Wu)

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Steve Jobs saw the future and led the world to it. He moved technology from garages to pockets, took entertainment from discs to bytes and turned gadgets into extensions of the people who use them. Jobs, who founded and ran Apple, told us what we needed before we wanted it. In this image: Apple CEO Steve Jobs holds up the new MacBook Air after giving the keynote address at the Apple MacWorld Conference in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008. The super-slim new laptop is less than an inch thick and turns on the moment it s opened. AP Photo/Jeff Chiu.
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Job's design legacy: More than just a pretty phone

A man holds an iPhone 4 displaying an obituary of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs outside an AppleStore in downtown Shanghai October 6, 2011. Apple Inc co-founder and former CEO Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation. REUTERS/Carlos Barria.

By Mark Bendeich, Astrid Wendlandt and Peter Henderson

SAN FRANCISCO. (REUTERS).- - The beauty of Apple products secured Steve Jobs a place in history long before his death, but design professionals said the depth of his influence on their profession goes much deeper than the minimalist look of an iPhone.

The Mac and the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad, born out of his vision of marrying high technology with an elegant and simple form, are already recognized as iconic products of the digital age.

One architect compared Jobs to Mies van der Rohe, the Modern designer who said "less is more" and unleashed stark glass skyscrapers on a world used to brick and mortar.

"He is the virtual Mies. The Mies of the virtual world," said Harvard Graduate School of Design's Florian Idenburg.

But he said that the influence of Jobs on Harvard design students went beyond the look of his products. In fact, although every person in the building appeared to have an iPhone, some aesthetes are turning against the ultra-smooth look.

The enduring influence of Jobs may be more in how his products unlock creativity and change how we view the world -- and what we want and make the world to be.

Idenburg said students who constantly use the iPhone in their work want their own designs to have a similar "flexibility and looseness," so that a concert hall could be ready to host different types of events, for instance.

"It's a nice little phone. But what it really does, is it absolutely changes how people behave," said Thom Mayne, the avant garde Los Angeles architect who is a winner of architecture's Nobel prize, the Pritzker.

"We're all interested in what buildings look like, but what I'm interested in is how they reshape behavior," he said. "He's a symbol that we really need in this culture at this time."

Big and small

Jobs maintained strict control over the creation of his own product, even as he expected others to invent new uses for it.

He displayed an inspiring combination of mastering detail and dreaming big, said British architect Norman Foster, known for working on major projects such as the Millennium Bridge and Swiss Re's headquarters dubbed "The Gherkin" in London.

"Steve Jobs encouraged us to develop new ways of looking at design to reflect his unique ability to weave backwards and forwards between grand strategy and the minutiae of the tiniest of internal fittings," said Foster.

Foster, who has designed a new Apple headquarters that looks like a cross between a donut and a spaceship, called Jobs "One of the truly great designers and mentors".

All over the world, iPods are tucked into the back of torn jeans and in the pockets of executive suits, strapped to the arms of joggers or entertaining commuters on tedious journeys home, and the lesson for many designers is that daily objects can be beautiful.

At Paris Fashion Week, which ended on Wednesday, fashion buyers took photos of dresses with their iPad and once the show was over, they flicked through them as a catalog they had just created and decided which ones they wanted to buy.

"What I think was extraordinary about Steve Jobs was his ability to create sophisticated objects that are simple to use. My three-year-old daughter Giulia knows how to use the iPhone," said Paolo Pininfarina, CEO of the eponymous group that has designed Ferrari sportscars since the early 1950s.

Museums around the world have been collecting early Apple and Jobs products, starting from the original Apple 1 developed in a bedroom in the 1970s by Jobs and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to the first NeXt computer, a magnesium "cube" developed by Jobs during a break with Apple in the 1980s.

"It (the iPod) may not be working in 20 years time but it will remain in that echelon of great designs for sure," said Campbell Bickerstaff, curator for the information and communication technology collections at Sydney's Powerhouse Museum, which collects icons of contemporary culture,

From calligraphy to the Apple Mac

Jobs was inspired by design early on, having revealed in a famous 2005 commencement speech to Stanford University students -- which is easy to view on YouTube -- that one of his formative experiences was a calligraphy class at Reed College.

"None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But 10 years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography," Jobs said at the time.

"I was almost brought to tears" watching a video of the address, said Calvin Klein, the fashion designer, who attributed part of Jobs's success to his devotion.

"It sounds like he had a full life. But to build a business of that size, and to be constantly innovating, it takes up as much as one can imagine. It becomes your life. It requires a dedication that is very special and very unusual."

In the Stanford address, Jobs also spoke of the importance of being confident in oneself, a command that resonates with artists and designers.

"Steve Jobs has shown that breakthrough products come from taking intuitive risks, not from listening to focus groups," said British industrial designer James Dyson, whose bagless vacuum cleaner that swivels on a ball is an object of desire as well.

(Additional reporting by Clare Jim in TAIPEI, Abi Sekimitsu in TOKYO, Georgina Prodhan in London, Tarmo Virki in Helsinki, Silvia Aloisi in Milan; Editing by Chris Wickham and David Cowell, Gary Hill)

Inspiring words from Steve at Stanford

Steve asks students to never stop dreaming during Stanford University 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.

Stanford Report, June 14, 2005

'You've got to find what you love,' Jobs says

This is a prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: "We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?" They said: "Of course." My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents' savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn't see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn't interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn't all romantic. I didn't have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends' rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn't have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can't capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it's likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn't know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down - that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn't see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple's current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I'm pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn't been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: "If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you'll most certainly be right." It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn't even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor's code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you'd have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I'm fine now.

This was the closest I've been to facing death, and I hope it's the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960's, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: "Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish." It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.
Thank you all very much.

How Steve Jobs planned for the end

Shane Richmond, Editorial Head of Technology at The Telegraph, reflects on the achievements of the late Steve Jobs, the visionary who shaped consumer technology. The Telegraph.

10 products that defined Steve Jobs' career

From left, Steve Jobs, chairman of AppleComputers, John Sculley, president and CEO, and Steve Wozniak,co-founder of Apple, unveil the new Apple IIc computer in SanFrancisco. Apple on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011 said Jobs has died. He was56. AP Photo/Sal Veder.

By: Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP).- Steve Jobs had no formal schooling in engineering, yet he's listed as the inventor or co-inventor on more than 300 U.S. patents. These are some of the significant products that were created under his direction:

1. Apple I (1976) - Apple's first product was a computer for hobbyists and engineers, made in small numbers. Steve Wozniak designed it, while Jobs orchestrated the funding and handled the marketing.

2. Apple II (1977) - One of the first successful personal computers, the Apple II was designed as a mass-market product rather than something for engineers or enthusiasts. It was still largely Wozniak's design. Several upgrades for the model followed, and the product line continued until 1993.

3. Lisa (1983) - Jobs' visit to Xerox Corp.'s research center in Palo Alto inspired him to start work on the first commercial computer with a graphical user interface, with icons, windows and a cursor controlled by a mouse. It was the foundation for today's computer interfaces, but the Lisa was too expensive to be a commercial success.

4. Macintosh (1984) - Like the Lisa, the Macintosh had a graphical user interface. It was also cheaper and faster and had the backing of a large advertising campaign behind it. People soon realized how useful the graphical interface was for design. That led "desktop publishing," accomplished with a Mac coupled to a laser printer, to soon become a sales driver.

5. NeXT computer (1989) - After being forced out of Apple, Jobs started a company that built a powerful workstation computer. The company was never able to sell large numbers, but the computer was influential: The world's first Web browser was created on one. Its software also lives on as the basis for today's Macintosh and iPhone operating system.

6. iMac (1998) - When Jobs returned to Apple in 1996, the company was foundering, with an ever shrinking share of the PC market. The radical iMac was the first step in reversing the slide. It was strikingly designed as a bubble of blue plastic that enclosed both the monitor and the computer. Easy to set up, it captured the imagination just as people across the world were having their eyes opened to the benefits of the Internet and considering getting their first home computer.

7. iPod (2001) - It wasn't the first digital music player with a hard drive, but it was the first successful one. Apple's expansion into portable electronics has had vast ramifications. The iPod's success prepared the way for the iTunes music store and the iPhone.

8. iTunes store (2003) - Before the iTunes store, buying digital music was a hassle, making piracy the more popular option. The store simplified the process and brought together tracks from all the major labels. The store became the largest music retailer in the U.S. in 2008.

9. iPhone (2007) - The iPhone did for the phone experience what the Macintosh did for personal computing — it made the power of a smartphone easy to harness. Apple is now the world's most profitable maker of phones, and the influence of the iPhone is evident in all smartphones.

10. iPad (2010) - Dozens of companies, including Apple, had created tablet computers before the iPad, but none caught on. The iPad finally cracked the code, creating a whole new category of computer practically by itself.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Steve Jobs unveils the first Apple Macintosh in 1984

Grainy footage from January 1984 shows Apple founder and former CEO Steve Jobs in a bow tie unveiled the groundbreaking Macintosh computer in scenes that would become synonymous with the technology giant's progress to the biggest brand on Earth. The Telegraph.

Softbank CEO: Steve Jobs like Leonardo da Vinci

TOKYO (AP).- Softbank Corp. Chief Executive Masayoshi Son, whose company is the sole carrier of the iPhone in Japan, compares Steve Jobs to Leonardo da Vinci.

"I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Steve Jobs," Son said in a statement. "Steve was truly a genius of our time, a man with a rare ability to fuse art and technology. In centuries from now, he will be remembered alongside Leonardo da Vinci. His achievements will continue to shine forever."

Jobs died in the U.S. on Wednesday. He was 56.

Softbank has seen profits and subscriber numbers surge since embracing the iPhone in 2008. It overcame initial critics who said the device would flop in Japan, which until recently was seen as the birthplace of the world's most advanced mobile phones.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Apple co-founder Wozniak recalls a friend in Jobs

Artist Gennaro Di Virgilio paints a figure of Apple founder Steve Jobs in his shop in Naples October 7, 2011. REUTERS/Ciro De Luca.

By: Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP).- When Steve Wozniak co-founded Apple with Steve Jobs in a Silicon Valley garage in 1976, he couldn't have known the incredible footprint that Jobs would leave on the consumer electronics landscape.

The two built and marketed the first personal computer to generate color graphics, the Apple II. Jobs would go on to become the showman and the mastermind behind revolutionary products such as the iPod, iPhone and iPad.

Although the two didn't stay as close through the decades, they remained in touch.

Wozniak was among millions mourning Jobs' death on Wednesday at 56.

"We've lost something we won't get back," Wozniak said in a phone interview with The Associated Press. "The way I see it, though, the way people love products he put so much into creating means he brought a lot of life to the world."

Wozniak wiped away tears in a separate AP video interview.

Jobs "gets a reputation for being a strong leader and for being brash. But to me he was always so kind, such a good friend," he said.

Wozniak, five years older than Jobs, first met him when Jobs was still in high school. Early on, the two experimented with technology in a mischievous way: by building so-called "blue boxes" that emits tones at the right frequencies to trick phones into allowing users to make free calls anywhere in the world.

The two were also active in the Homebrew Computer Club, a group of computer hobbyists, where Wozniak's homemade computer drew attention from other enthusiasts. That computer piqued Jobs' interest as something with potential far beyond the geeky hobbyists of the time.

The pair started Apple Computer Inc. in the garage of Jobs' parents in 1976 (a rarely-mentioned third co-founder, Ronald Wayne, left shortly after its creation). According to Wozniak, Jobs suggested the name after visiting an "apple orchard" that Wozniak said was actually a commune.

Wozniak and Jobs both left Apple in 1985. In Jobs' case, it followed a clash with then-CEO John Sculley. Jobs resigned his post as chairman of the board and left Apple after being pushed out of his role leading the Macintosh team.

Jobs returned in 1997 as interim CEO after Apple, then in dire financial dire straits, bought Next, a computer company he started. This was the start of Apple's amazing upswing, which continues today with the popularity of products such as the iPhone and the iPad.

In recent years, they weren't as close — Jobs declined to write the forward for Wozniak's autobiography, iWoz, which was released in 2006. Wozniak said he last saw Jobs about three months ago, shortly after Jobs briefly emerged from a medical leave to unveil the company's latest iOS mobile software and its iCloud content syncing service.

Wozniak said Jobs looked ill and sounded weak at the time.

Jobs, whose cause of death wasn't revealed by Apple or his family, had battled cancer in 2004 and underwent a liver transplant in 2009 after taking a leave of absence for unspecified health problems. He took another leave in January — his third since his health problems began — and officially resigned as CEO in August. Jobs became Apple's chairman and handed the helm to his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook.

His death was followed by an outpouring of grief around the world from Apple fans and competitors, as well as heads of state. In a sign of how pervasive the gadgets he spearheaded have become, much of the mourning was done on Apple gadgets: People held up pictures of candles on their iPads, reviewed his life on Macintosh computers and tapped out tributes on iPhones.

Wozniak, 61, said Jobs was a good husband and father and a great businessman who had an eye for details. He said Jobs was a good marketer and understood the benefits of technology.

When it came to Apple's products, "while everyone else was fumbling around trying to find the formula, he had the better instincts," he said.

According to Wozniak, Jobs told him around the time he left Apple in 1985 that he had a feeling he would die before the age of 40. Because of that, "a lot of his life was focused on trying to get things done quickly," Wozniak said.

"I think what made Apple products special was very much one person, but he left a legacy," he said. Because of this, Wozniak hopes the company can continue to be successful despite Jobs' death.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Americans recall personal impacts of Jobs' vision

A man displays a paper cut created to mourn the death of Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs inJinan, Shandong province October 7, 2011. Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, died on Wednesday at the age of 56, after a year-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues. REUTERS/China Daily.

By: Brooke Donald, Associated Press

CUPERTINO (AP).- Steve Jobs urged people to think different, and wowed them when his own different thinking put thousands of songs in their pockets, the power of the Internet at their fingertips and a whole world of possibilities in the palm of their hands.

For many, his vision resulted in more than another gadget. The tools inspired careers, opened doors for communication and fueled a new economy.

As Jobs admirers pay tribute to the computer wizard, the signs of his influence can be seen everywhere: A farmer in Arkansas monitors crops from the field on his iPhone. A North Carolina father develops an app that helps him communicate with his disabled son. A Silicon Valley technology worker uses an Apple program to disseminate lectures to people across the globe.

Brent Izutsu, the manager of Stanford on iTunes U, fondly recalls Jobs' stirring 2005 commencement address to Stanford University graduates.

"In his commencement address, which I've watched many times, Jobs mentioned you might as well do what you love because you have to do that for most of your life," Izutsu said. "Well, I guess that's what I'm doing every day. And that's thanks to him. It makes you feel good."

The Associated Press interviewed people across the country to see how their lives were affected by Jobs, the answers reveal his vast influence as a technology pioneer, an employer and an innovator.

First Person: Apple's Steve Jobs on Life, Death

Steve Jobs of Apple talks about how he's tried to live his life, and how health concerns got him thinking about death. His words were part of a commencement address at Stanford University in 2005. Jobs died on Wednesday. He was 56. (Oct. 6). AP.

Apple in the early days

Tributes to the late Steve Jobs are posted at an Apple reseller store in Kuala Lumpur October 7, 2011. Apple Inc co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, died on Wednesday at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad.

Jonathan Knowles describes the effect Jobs had on his life with one word: dominoes.

"One thing touched off something else and that touched off something else," Knowles said.

The first domino was the first Macintosh. Its ease of use and simple design hooked him, and that was when Knowles turned away from the biological sciences and to computer science.

Knowles was on the faculty at the Claremont Colleges when Apple Inc. recruited him 20 years ago. He moved to the San Francisco Bay area and more dominoes kept falling. He met his wife, and is now deeply involved in his community.

He worked for Apple for eight years in project management and consulting and ultimately worked closely with Jobs for about two years. He said while the technology drew him in, it was Jobs' passion that kept him engaged.

"I can't be the only one, of course, who credits Jobs with so much," Knowles said.

"It was his drive that made it happen and inspired me," Knowles added. "I'm just some guy out there in the world who sees this computer that he forced through with a Henry Ford-type attitude. He knew what people wanted even if they didn't. He knew what was possible."

Inspiring creativity

A woman offers flowers while signing her name on a sympathy board set up for Apple's co-founder Steve Jobs inside a Power Mac store in Manila October 7, 2011. Jobs, counted among the greatest American CEOs of his generation, died on October 5, 2011 at the age of 56, after a years-long and highly public battle with cancer and other health issues. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco.

Rene Lee says if not for Jobs, he might well be in engineering school now. The 26-year-old, who is studying at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, says while he was choosing his course of study in the early 2000s, Apple was just coming back after a slump.

"If it hadn't been for their success, it would have been a lot harder to convince my parents that art and design is a viable career choice," Lee said.

Lee was fortunate to work for Jobs during an internship last summer. He never met the man whom he says had a "huge impact" on his life, but his vision and presence were felt in everything that was worked on.

"Apple is a great example of how creativity can set you apart," Lee said. "Technology is not enough. It's all in how you humanize the technology."

A vital connection to disabled son

Apple Computer co-founder and current board member Steve Jobs (L) pauses in his keynote address at the Macworld Expo in Boston to allow Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates (R) to address the crowd via satellite link, in this August 6 1997 file photo. Microsoft Corp co-founder and chairman Bill Gates bid farewell to his long-time friend and competitor Steve Jobs on October 5, 2011, using the Apple co-founder's own words in his tribute. "For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it's been an insanely great honor," Gates said in an e-mailed statement. "I will miss Steve immensely." "Insanely great" was of one of Jobs' favorite expressions. Gates, 55, and Jobs, 56, were twin figureheads in the early development of personal computers in the 1970s and 1980s. They became friends and fierce competitors. REUTERS/Jim Bourg.

For Paul Pauca, admiration for Apple innovations goes beyond technology. They enabled him to help his disabled son.

Pauca, a computer science professor at Wake Forest University, and some of his students developed a $10 app for the iPad and iPhone last year called VerbalVictor. It helps his young son, Victor, and others with severe disabilities communicate.

The program was designed after the Paucas had a series of disappointments with specialized devices intended for people with disabilities.

Pauca's son, Victor, was born with a rare genetic disease shared only by about 50 other people in the U.S. It delays speech, among other skills.

The app allows his parents to snap pictures and record phrases to go with them, which in turn become "buttons" on the touch screen. An example would be a picture of a playground paired with the phrase "I want to go out and play,"

"If it wasn't for Steve Jobs, this wouldn't be possible," Pauca said. "For people with disabilities, the iPad, the iPhone, the App Store — it was really a revolution."

His son now brings an iPod Touch and iPad to school every day so he can communicate with the teachers and fellow students at his school.

Steve Jobs on Microsoft

Steve Jobs resigns from Apple, Cook becomes CEO

An apple-shaped pizza as a tribute to Steve Jobs in Naples, Italy, 06 October 2011. Steve Jobs, the co-founder and CEO of Apple died on 05 October 2011 at the age of 56 in California after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. EPA/CESARE ABBATE.

By: Poornima Gupta

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) Silicon Valley legend Steve Jobs on Wednesday resigned as chief executive of Apple Inc in a stunning move that ended his 14-year reign at the technology giant he co-founded in a garage.

Apple shares dived as much as 7 percent in after-hours trade after the pancreatic cancer survivor and industry icon, who has been on medical leave for an undisclosed condition since January 17, announced he will be replaced by COO and longtime heir apparent Tim Cook.

Analysts do not expect Jobs' resignation -- which had long been foreseen -- to derail the company's fabled product-launch roadmap, including possibly a new iPhone in September and a third iteration of the iPad tablet in 2012.

Text: Letter from Steve Jobs resigning as Apple CEO

Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces countries that will carry the new updated Apple 3G iPhone during his keynote speech at the World Wide Developers Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, USA 09 June 2008. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO.

(Reuters) Following is a letter from Steve Jobs who resigned on Wednesday as chief executive officer of technology giant Apple Inc:

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple's brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Instant view: Apple CEO Jobs resigns, Cook to take over

Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Inc. unveils the second generation iPad, the iPad 2, in San Francisco California, March 02, 2011. This is Jobs first public appearance since announcing he was going on sick leave. EPA/MONICA M. DAVEY.

NEW YORK (REUTERS) Steve Jobs resigned as Apple Inc Chief Executive on Wednesday, without specifying a reason.

Tim Cook, the company's Chief Operating Officer, who has been standing in for Jobs during his medical leave, has been named the new CEO. Jobs becomes Chairman.

Apple's shares fell 5 percent in after-hours trading.

The following are instant reactions from analysts and investors.


"Frankly it removes an overhang. People didn't know when this would happen or when the day would come, but now we know. It's probably the best possible outcome."

"I don't expect a big sell-off from this. There's a shock there because it's the middle of August. A lot of people are out and its thinly traded so you do get loud moves."

"I'm not saying it's a good thing that Steve Jobs is not CEO -- he's a genius -- but he's not really going away. He's staying on as chairman. I would be much more discouraged if he wasn't going to be involved at all anymore."

"I don't know if anyone knows how his health is. People thought he'd be gone long ago and he's outlived all those alarmists. He's got a tough condition and that's understood."


"First of all, the product pipeline is pretty much set for the next couple of years."

"The battle is moving to the cloud and connective services. It's a chance to hire some people with those capabilities. That's what's going to be more important in the future."

"They are in capable hands for the next couple of years. Any weakness I'd tell investors to buy."


"I certainly wasn't expecting it this evening but this is his third medical leave, this one has lasted roughly eight months, so I don't think it's a terrible shock either."

"The foregone conclusion was that we wouldn't have Steve as CEO forever and there was just a lot of speculation about what the succession plan was and now they've made it very clear -- it's Cook."

"He (Cook) has done in the COO role a tremendous job in running this company and bringing new products to bear. Should the stock trade down on this? It's going to be a great opportunity because this is a growth company."

"In each of the three medical leaves that Steve has been on they have released new products. The rest of technology is stumbling and this company is growing at dramatic rates."

"The quality of a good leader is being able to put together a team around you. Steve doesn't design every aspect of these products the way the mythology says he does. There are guys who run the floor sales at Apple retailers that could go out and be head marketers at this company. They've done a great job of imprinting Steve's DNA across the organization and they will continue to innovate and take share."


"The real takeaway is not to underestimate the bench. He's got an amazing cast supporting the operation of the company."

"The acceleration you've seen in product introduction over the past five years is a real tribute to the team ... the talent that he's been able to attract is absolutely phenomenal."

"The big concern is 'Uh-oh, is this the end?' I think that would be clearly overblown."

"He's an extraordinary individual with incredible vision and drive. I'm sure he will be sorely missed, but I don't think the company spirals out of control. It's not like this is surprising news."


"In the pantheon of American business there may be another person who should be elevated to the business Hall of Fame for two lives. But he's the only one who should be in there for three lives. This is for his first incarnation at Apple, then Pixar and then the latest Apple period."

"Apple will be a very strong financial company for decades to come. But it's not on autopilot. They will ultimately need someone who is at minimum a strong decider. To remain at the top they'll need a new visionary."


"While this marks the end of an era for Apple, it's important to remember the there's more to Apple than any one person, even Steve Jobs."

"Continuing as chairman Mr. Jobs will continue to leave his mark on both the company and products even as he transfers the reigns to Mr. Cook."


"Given that it's just ahead of the iPhone 5 release it is a surprise because this company is near and dear to his heart and he has been instrumental in re-architecting this turnaround and its explosive performance. So the fact that he is stepping down ahead of a much anticipated product release is not a good sign."

"(Tim Cook) is very highly regarded internally at Apple. From a succession perspective they could not possibly identify a better candidate. He has a track record to back it up. What Steve Jobs leaves behind is a very deep and a broad bench and so they will continue in his footsteps."

"Steve Jobs is not your typical CEO. He is both a visionary from a technology industry perspective as well as a micro-manager. To say that he is instrumental or key in the turnaround of Apple's fortunes would be a gross understatement."

"It really does create uncertainty even though the execution may not falter given the company's deep product pipeline. But the headline risk is still there."


"It's not a big surprise. Investors had expected it."

"Investors are very comfortable with Tim Cook even though Jobs has been a driver of innovation and clearly an Apple success. Tim has shown Apple can still outperform extremely well when he's been acting as CEO during the prior medical leave."

"I don't know if it's a health issue. I don't know if it is a shock. Most likely it was going to happen at some point. Why today versus another day? I don't know."

"It won't affect next the iPad or next iPhone. Apple's product line-up is well set. Steve, keep in mind, has been training people at Apple and there is a culture at Apple that is very strong."


"I'm sad. He's the greatest entrepreneur ever."

(Asked if Apple's future is secure without Jobs)

"At least in the near term."


"I will say to investors don't panic and remain calm, it's the right thing to do. Steve will be chairman and Cook is CEO."

"This is not a surprise or unexpected. Steve is going to be able to provide the input he would do as a CEO. But Tim has been de facto CEO for some time and the company has been hugely successful. The vision and the roadmap is intact."


"It's a prudent move to name a successor that is Tim Cook."

"I don't think the Street will find that unexpected. It's nice to get a succession plan in place with Steve Jobs still at the helm of the board and guiding Tim Cook."

(Reporting by Liana Baker and Yinka Adegoke in New York, Alistair Barr in San Francisco, Nichola Groom and Lisa Richwine in Los Angeles)

Newsmaker: Apple's Tim Cook steps up

Tim Cook, Chief Operating Officer of Apple, speaks during a press conference announcing that Verizon will being offering the Apple iPhone to its customers in New York, New York, USA, on 11 January 2011. AT T has been the sole carrier of the iPhone since its introduction in 2007. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT.

By: Bill Rigby

SEATTLE (REUTERS) Tim Cook, Apple's Chief Operating Officer, who has been standing in for CEO Steve Jobs during his medical leave, has been named the new CEO after Jobs resigned as Apple Inc Chief Executive on Wednesday, without specifying a reason.

The 50-year-old Alabama native, who has been at the company since 1998, was seen as a safe bet to run Apple's day-to-day operations while Jobs was away for medical reasons in 2009. During that time, the company prospered and its stock jumped 60 percent.

Although lacking Jobs' showmanship -- he is not known for pitching products on stage -- Cook is regarded as the effective force behind Apple's day-to-day operations.

Earlier this year, it was Cook, not Jobs, who took the stage in New York to announce that its popular iPhone would be available to customers of Verizon Wireless.

"I spent some time with Tim Cook last week in New York, and walked away from my discussion with him thinking that he was much more in charge at Apple then people think," said Tim Bajarin, president of research firm Creative Strategies. "He has emerged as a most competent person who could carry Steve Jobs' vision into the future."

Apple investors and board of directors appear to agree.

The company's shares rose 60 percent between Jobs' last leave of absence between mid-January and late June 2009.

Its board awarded him a cash and stock bonus valued at about $22 million for that stint, at Jobs' recommendation, citing his "outstanding performance in assuming the day-to-day operations."

Cook's total compensation for 2010 was $59 million, mostly in stock awards, according to the company's latest filing with securities regulators.

Many believe Cook will one day succeed Jobs as CEO at Apple, although the company has never disclosed any succession plan.

"Since Jobs returned to Apple, he has created a powerful management team that really does understand how he thinks and his vision and direction for Apple," said Bajarin. "This team is more the capable of keeping that vision alive and continues to innovate well into the future."

Cook, who also took the helm at Apple briefly in 2004, when Jobs was recuperating from pancreatic surgery, was named chief operating officer in 2005, making him responsible for sales and operations and the company's complex and far-flung supply chain. He is credited with pulling Apple out of making its own devices and putting in place tight outsourcing agreements with manufacturers in China.

Cook also manages sales, service and support and leads the company's Mac computer division, whose sales have been surging over the past few years.

His talents appear to be in high demand. Last year there was talk he would take over as CEO of Hewlett-Packard Co, briefly sending Apple's shares down until Cook himself dismissed the rumor as untrue.

Before joining Apple, Cook was vice president of procurement at computer maker Compaq, then the leader of the personal computer market, which was subsequently acquired by HP. He also worked for 12 years at International Business Machines Corp.

Behind Apple's clean, inviting products is longtime British designer Jonathan Ive

Various displays are seen at the preview of the exhibition 'Stylectrical' at the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum for Arts and Crafts) in Hamburg, Germany, 24 August 2011. The US company Apple is at the focus of the exhibition 'Stylectrical. On Electro-Design That Makes History', which runs until January 2012. It shows all of the products that British head designer Jonathan Ive conceived as well as imitations and influences. EPA/CHRISTIAN CHARISIUS.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP).- Steve Jobs has been Apple's most recognizable personality, but much of its cachet comes from its clean, inviting designs. For that, Apple can credit its head designer, Jonathan Ive.

Ive, a self-effacing 44-year-old Brit, helped Jobs bring Apple back from the brink of financial ruin with the whimsical iMac computer, whose original models came in bright colors at a time when bland shades dominated the PC world. He later helped transform Apple into a consumer electronics powerhouse and the envy of Silicon Valley with the iPod, the iPhone and, most recently, the iPad.

In the wake of Jobs' resignation as CEO, Apple must show that it can keep churning out head-turning products even without its charismatic leader. Apple's chief operating officer, Tim Cook, is now CEO, taking on the role of Apple's public face.

But in many ways the real pressure will fall on Ive to make sure Apple continues its string of gadget successes.

Ive, known to his friends as "Jony," has led Apple's design team since the mid-'90s. Working closely with Jobs, Ive has built a strong legacy at Apple, ushering in products that are sleek and stylish, with rounded corners, few buttons, brushed aluminum surfaces and plenty of slick glass.

Apple's pride in this work is evident even in the packaging: Open up any iPhone box, for example, and see Apple proudly proclaim, "Designed by Apple in California." Six of Ive's works, including the original iPod, are even part of the collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

People who have worked with Ive describe him as humble and sweet, quiet and shy, but also confident, hard-working and brilliant. Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture and design for MoMA, said she knows "hardly anybody that is so universally loved and admired" as Ive.

"Products have to be designed better now for people to buy them because of Jony Ive and Steve Jobs and Apple," Antonelli said. "All of a sudden people have gotten used to elegance and beauty, and there's no going back."

Design, as well as software that makes the gadgets easy to use, is a crucial part of setting Apple products apart from those of its rivals. Apple didn't make the first music player or smartphone, but it blew past rivals by making ones that looked cool and worked well.

Ive started out far from Apple Inc.'s Cupertino headquarters. He grew up outside London and studied design at Newcastle Polytechnic (now Northumbria University) in Newcastle, England. After finishing school, he co-founded a London-based design company called Tangerine. There, he designed a range of products including combs and power tools. It was through Tangerine that he first got to work with Apple.

In 1992, while Jobs was still in the midst of a 12-year exile from Apple, the company's design chief at the time, Robert Brunner, hired Ive as a senior designer. Thomas Meyerhoffer, who worked under Ive at Apple in the '90s, believes Ive came because he understood Apple was different from other computer companies.

"He came to Apple to take that even further," Meyerhoffer said.

And Ive did, but not right away. Ive quickly became a leader, working as the creative studio manager and helping to build Apple's design team during a period in which the company struggled to innovate.

Apple declined requests for an interview with Ive. But during a 1999 interview with The Associated Press, Ive said that for years, designers would produce foam models of computers only to be sent back to their drawing boards because of managers' fixations with focus groups and marketing figures.

"We lost our identity and looked to competition for leadership," Ive said at the time.

Brunner left in 1996 and suggested that Ive take over the post, even though Ive was only 29. When Jobs returned from his exile and became interim CEO in 1997, he named Ive as senior vice president of industrial design.

With Jobs again at the helm and Ive as his style guru, Apple refocused around design and produced a hit that got the company back on track. Apple shook up the personal computer industry in 1998 with the candy-colored all-in-one iMac desktop, the original models shaped like a futuristic TV.

Unlike previous product attempts, the iMac concept was immediately embraced by the top decision makers at Apple, and the design went through very few revisions.

"We knew we had it when we saw it, and with Jobs' support we were able to make it happen," Ive said in 1999.

At a time when most computers were boxy and largely black, beige or gray, the iMac was bulbous and flashy. People snapped up 150,000 of them in the first weekend following its release. Apple sold 800,000 iMacs by the end of the year.

The iMac changed the way consumers thought about personal computers and about Apple itself. It gave Apple a vital boost that helped it usher in a new era of consumer electronics that were quirky, fun and colorful. The marketing team even teased consumers by encouraging them at one point to collect all five: strawberry, blueberry, grape, tangerine and lime.

With Ive in charge of design, Apple then bought out the first iPod in 2001, the iPhone in 2007 and the iPad in 2010. In recent years, the company has largely dropped the bright color palette (though you can still find it on some iPods) in favor of black, white and silver hues. Yet they retained simplicity that made them approachable to everyone — from the tech geek to Grandma — as well as the curves, shiny surfaces and expensive appearance.

As a result, Apple's products are more popular than ever, allowing the company to surpass rival Microsoft Corp. last year as the most valuable technology company in the world.

"He wasn't responsible for them, but they definitely couldn't have done them without him," said Leander Kahney, who has written about Apple in several books and on his "Cult of Mac" blog.

Ive and Jobs have worked hand in hand and, in many respects, have contributed to each other's success. Ive has always been in contact with Jobs and speaks the same language as him, Antonelli said, and they clearly have chemistry.

Don Norman, who worked at Apple in the '90s as vice president of the company's advanced technology group, said that while Ive had good design ideas "sitting on the shelves," he needed Jobs to get those designs off the shelves.

"Jony has always been Jony: brilliant," Norman said. "What he needed was a Steve Jobs to say, 'Make this happen.'"

Now, the test will be whether Cook can continue to keep that focus at Apple and encourage Ive to continue creating hits.

In a sense, the challenge won't be as difficult as it had been in the 1990s. Now that Apple has developed a style, it can build on it rather than try to reimagine it with each new product.

And that, Norman says, is now in Apple's DNA.



Ive collection at MoMA:

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Hockney hails iPad as new art tool

A man looks at the oil painting 'More Felled Trees On Woldgate' by artist David Hockney at 'Kunsthalle Wurth' in Schwaebisch Hall, Germany. EPA/NORBERT FOERSTERLING.

LONDON (Reuters) - Painter David Hockney has embraced the new Apple iPad as a boon to art.

The artist, whose most famous work is a series of pool paintings set in Los Angeles and who has experimented with iPhone photographs in his work, said the new Apple touchscreen computer tablet will have a transformative effect on art.

"The iPad is many things, but one is a very useful new visual tool," Hockney told Britain's Times newspaper in an interview on Thursday.

"There is of course a dark side to it. It doesn't take too much imagination to see it will get thinner, perhaps even like a piece of paper, and then they might be compulsory -- an iPad passport with your whole life story in it, a more sinister form of control."

The 72-year-old Yorkshireman thinks that the iPad's ability to share images will also have profound effects, both artistically and politically.

"As it empowers more and more people to distribute their own images, it weakens the older suppliers of images and perhaps governments as well," he said.

Hockney said his iPhone work may be very 21st century, but it still requires an ancient method of display -- mounted on a wall in a gallery -- for admirers to get the full effect.

"Last year I made 300 drawings on an iPhone. You can only see them one at a time (on an iPhone), so I am having an old-fashioned exhibition. You can compare drawings and keep groups together."

Despite his enthusiasm for his new iPad, Hockney said he could not give up painting.

"I see the iPad as a wonderful new drawing medium, but I am at a loss as to how to make it pay," he said.

(Reporting by Paul Casciato, editing by Steve Addison)

Apples in cotton fields

Nathan Reed and his friends who farm in eastern Arkansas consider two brands golden: John Deere and Apple.

Reed, 31, grows cotton and soybeans on about 6,000 acres in Marianna, Ark., in the Mississippi River Delta. He purchased his first iPhone more than two years ago, and almost all the farmers he knows also have iPhones.

Reed uses the phone to check storage bins to see if his soybeans are too wet or too dry. He can watch the temperature whether he's in Marianna or out of the country. "The old method was to guess and turn your fans on and off when you thought you needed to," Reed said.

Reed uses the Field Notes app to monitor how much pesticide is used on each crop. And he reads farm news and market reports while standing in his fields. That's where he saw an alert about Jobs' death.

Reed said he and other farmers trust Jobs' creations in the same way most trust John Deere for combines and tractors.

"His products touch a very large majority of people in the world on a daily basis," Reed said. "It's pretty amazing that one guy was able to do all that."

Apple all around

On Wednesday night, as much of the world was learning about Jobs' death, Katy Culver was sitting in an emergency room with her son, who had a severely broken arm. She looked at the technology around her and was struck by the degree to which Jobs had impacted her life.

A hospital specialist was lifting her son's spirits by helping him play Angry Birds on an iPad with his good arm. Doctors appeared to be reviewing X-rays on a MacBook. And Culver used her iPhone to alert friends and family.

"It just hit me in that moment, how much his visionary technologies have changed my life — the way I communicate with family and friends, the way I work with my students, the way I relate to my kids," said Culver, a journalism professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Culver recalled being impressed after her introduction to a Macintosh computer in 1991 when she became a teaching assistant at UW-Madison. She was especially fascinated by the computer mouse.

"I remember remarking, 'Wow, this is a much better way to use a computer,'" she said. "Apple technologies have touched every part of my life. As a parent, my work life, everything from humor to surgery, my world is so different because of Apple."

Protest and remembrance

Some of Jobs' products are among the tools that help Wall Street generate billions of dollars. But protesters in lower Manhattan saw no irony in mourning, or celebrating, the billionaire while opposing many others who are just as wealthy.

The cluster of computerized protesters has been camped out for weeks in a park near Wall Street, telling the world how they believe greed destroyed the economy.

"I dislike billionaires with a complete disregard for the future of the human race, to make money," said Thorin Caristo, taking a deep puff from his cigarette as he sat on a stone wall.

There are billionaires — and then there was "this different, quiet billionaire," Caristo said. "He was a beneficial member of the human community."

Associated Press writers Tom Breen in Raleigh, Dinesh Ramde in Milwaukee, David Klepper in Providence, Nomaan Merchant in Little Rock, Ark., and Verena Dobnik in New York contributed to this report.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Sony buying movie rights to Steve Jobs biography

By: Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP).- Sony Corp.'s movie studio is in final talks to acquire the movie rights to the highly anticipated authorized biography of Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.

According to a person familiar with the matter, the studio is negotiating to pay about $1 million for the rights to the project.

The person declined to be identified because the deal has not been finalized.

Sony was also behind the Oscar-winning biopic "The Social Network," about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and "This Is It," a documentary made of concert rehearsal footage of pop star Michael Jackson.

The news was earlier reported by Hollywood blog

After Jobs' death on Wednesday, publisher Simon & Schuster pushed up the release date on Isaacson's "Steve Jobs" by a month to Oct. 24.

Large numbers of pre-orders of the digital e-book for $16.99 pushed the title to No. 1 on Apple's iTunes store and No. 2 on Pre-orders of the hard cover copy, for $17.88, put the book at No. 1 on Amazon.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Jobs authorized biography so his kids can know him

By: Alistair Barr and Poornima Gupta

CUPERTINO (REUTERS).- Steve Jobs, in pain and too weak to climb stairs a few weeks before his death, wanted his children to understand why he wasn't always there for them, according to the author of his highly anticipated biography.

"I wanted my kids to know me," Jobs was quoted as saying by Pulitzer Prize nominee Walter Isaacson, when he asked the Apple Inc co-founder why he authorized a tell-all biography after living a private, almost ascetic life.

"I wasn't always there for them, and I wanted them to know why and to understand what I did," Jobs told Isaacson in their final interview at Jobs' home in Palo Alto, California.

Isaacson said he visited Jobs for the last time a few weeks ago and found him curled up in some pain in a downstairs bedroom. Jobs had moved there because he was too weak to go up and down stairs, "but his mind was still sharp and his humor vibrant," Isaacson wrote in an essay on that will be published in the magazine's October 17 edition.

Jobs died on Wednesday at the age of 56 after a long battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer.

Outpourings of sympathy swept across the globe as state leaders, business rivals and fans paid respect to the man who touched the daily lives of countless millions through the Macintosh computer, iPod, iPhone and iPad.

Jobs had struggled with health issues but said very little about his battle with cancer since an operation in 2004. When he stepped down in August, handing the CEO reins to long-time operations chief Tim Cook, Jobs said simply that he could no longer fulfill his duties as chief executive.

Apple has been similarly guarded about the circumstances of his death, saying only that their chairman was surrounded by his wife Laurene and immediate family. Jobs had four children from two relationships.

Funeral arrangements have not been disclosed and it is uncertain when the company will hold a planned "celebration" of Jobs' life. Officials in Sacramento said there will be no state or public funeral.


From Tokyo and Paris to San Francisco and New York, mourners created impromptu memorials outside Apple stores, from flowers and candles to a dozen green and red apples on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.

At corporate headquarters in the heart of Silicon Valley on Thursday, employees -- current and former -- gathered with their families under an overcast sky to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial on a driveway leading up to the entrance.

"He was a very private person, but he's everywhere in the products he created," said Glenn Harada, a 22-year-old former Apple employee. "He didn't work alone but none of this could have happened without him."

Employees said they went on with business, but with an undercurrent of sadness. Grief counselors on the payroll had reached out to Apple workers, a spokesman said.

"Deep down there's sadness," said Cory Moll, a part-time Apple employee who had tried to organize a union. "We have lost someone who touched us all."

With his passion for minimalist design and a genius for marketing, Jobs laid the groundwork for Apple to continue to flourish after his death, most analysts and investors say.

But Apple still faces challenges in the absence of the man who was its chief product designer, marketing guru and salesman nonpareil. Phones running Google's Android software are gaining share in the smartphone market, and there are questions about what Apple's next big product will be.

The launch of the iPhone 4S -- at the kind of gala event that became Jobs' trademark -- was a letdown to many fans earlier this week, underscoring how Jobs' showmanship and uncanny instincts will be missed.

But Wall Street analysts said Cook's new team-based approach and operational savvy will keep the company on track -- at least for now.

Apple shares ended down just 0.23 percent at $377.37, though that underperformed the broader U.S. market.

"It didn't come as a shock," said Terry Donoghue, an Apple technical writer, whose department boss called an hour-long meeting to reminisce about Jobs. "It's still hard for a lot of people."


Jobs, in his trademark uniform of black mock-turtleneck and blue jeans, was deemed the heart and soul of a company that rivals Exxon Mobil as the most valuable in America.

With an estimated net worth of $7 billion -- including a 7 percent stake in Walt Disney Co -- it was not known how Jobs' estate would be handled.

The entrepreneur had sometimes been criticized for not wielding his enormous influence and wealth for philanthropy like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. His death revived speculation that some of his estate might be donated to cancer research groups or hospitals.

California law requires a will to be filed in probate court within 30 days of death.

Jobs and his wife placed at least three properties into trusts in 2009, which legal experts say is a sign he may have been preparing his assets to remain confidential upon his death.

Placing stock and real estate into trusts can both minimize estate taxes upon a person's death, and keep them from being publicly disclosed in probate court, said John O'Grady, a trusts and estates attorney in San Francisco.

Jobs was given up for adoption soon after his birth in San Francisco to an American mother, Joanne Carole Schieble, and a Syrian-born father, Abdulfattah "John" Jandali.

A college dropout, Jobs started Apple Computer with friend Steve Wozniak in his parents' garage in 1976.

"I do feel like I did when John Lennon was killed. Also JFK and Martin Luther King. Like Steve Jobs, they gave us hope," Wozniak said on his Facebook page.

Jobs changed the technology world in the late 1970s, when the Apple II became the first personal computer to gain a wide following. He did it again in 1984 with the Macintosh, which built on breakthrough technologies developed at Xerox Parc and elsewhere to create the personal computing experience as we know it today.

The rebel streak that was central to his persona got him tossed out of Apple in 1985, but he returned in 1997 and after a few years began the roll-out of a troika of products -- the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad -- that again upended the established order in major industries.

(Additional reporting by Michael Miller, Jennifer Saba, Sinead Carew and Liana Baker in New York; Scott Malone in Columbus, Ohio; Sarah McBride in Cupertino; Poornima Gupta and Dan Levine in San Francisco; Edwin Chan in Los Angeles; Matt Cowan in London; and Amy Pyett in Sydney; editing by John Wallace, Tiffany Wu and Matthew Lewis)

Steve Jobs' funeral is taking place Friday

(REUTERS).- The funeral for Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs is taking place on Friday, the Wall Street Journalcited a person familiar with the matter as saying.

The funeral "is characterized as a small private gathering", WSJ reported, citing the person.

An Apple spokesman declined to comment but repeated that no public memorial has been planned.

Jobs' death on Wednesday, following a years-long battle with pancreatic cancer, sparked an outpouring of tributes from world leaders, business rivals and fans.

(Editing by Carol Bishopric)

No bites (yet) for Apple collectibles after death of Jobs

By: Lou Carlozo

NEW YORK (REUTERS).- Not everything Steve Jobs touched, as it turns out, turned to iGold. With 12 minutes to go, an eBay auction ticked down, down, down Thursday afternoon for a trinket of Apple history dubbed "COLLECTIBLE-RARE": A set of demo floppy discs released between 1980 and 1983 for Apple III software programs.

The high bid: $7.50 for the set of seven, in pristine condition. And the top bidder, one of just two on the virtual auction floor, didn't even meet the reserve price. In the end, no one won the item and the disks went unsold, presumably to return to a dusty drawer in someone's basement.

Talk about a glitch in the program: When pop culture heroes die, their cultural artifacts are supposed to soar in value. But in the 24 hours after Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer Wednesday, the news had yet to send prices on Apple regalia through the roof.

Elsewhere on eBay, the bidding activity was so silent you could hear a hard drive chug from 50 feet away. No bids on an Apple III external floppy disc drive, "buy it now" priced to sell at $160. Likewise for an Apple III System PFS Report software package, looking pristine and offered for $90.

Nor was there barely any love for newly-minted "Steve Jobs R.I.P." baseball caps, with the old-school Apple silhouette logo utilizing a profile of Jobs. Bidders cast a few scattered offers in the $12 range for the hats - maybe one or two per eBay vendor - and that was it.

It was as though Apple groupies, already disappointed with unveiling of the iPhone 4S, decided to cocoon with their MacBooks and pine for the good old days in private - avoiding their usual impulse to spend every spare dime on All Things Apple.

Yet as nostalgia and fondness for the high-tech guru builds over the next few weeks, that could well change. A Playboy magazine featuring an extensive interview with Jobs, from February 1985, was up to $71 in a mild sort of bidding frenzy. (In this case, it's assumed the winning bidder truly wants the Playboy to read the article.)

Then there are Jobs collectibles of a different sort. James Halperin, co-chairman of Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas, owns with his wife a Maxfield Parrish painting previously owned by Jobs himself, and that was reputed to be one of Jobs' favorites.

"He was selling many of his favorite possessions at the time because he found them a distraction and wanted to hone his focus on Apple by simplifying the rest of his life," says Halperin, who purchased it from Jobs in 1985 for $70,000. Its value today? "$3 million to $4 million, or maybe more as of yesterday," Halperin says, "if only because more art collectors now understand the guy really had taste, and was always ahead of his time."

Meanwhile, finding old Apple computers and peripherals that have a sort of Smithsonian cache is hard because, well, Apple sold so many.

"There were huge, huge numbers of the machines sold," especially after Jobs returned to the company in 1997, says Roger Knuth, owner of Lapin Systems, an Apple specialty store. Besides repairing and selling Apples, Knuth also collects them; for many years a vintage spread of Apple machines graced the display window of his Evanston, Illinois store.

Knuth, who owns an ancient Apple 2E and an 1985 128K Macintosh - upgraded to a then-astonishing 1MB of computing power - hasn't been fielding any offers for his collection just yet. But he does know what some items were worth before Jobs' passing: "People already value the original 128K Mac and that has a pretty decent market value" as a collectible, he says.

Knuth's brother sold a 1984 Macintosh 128K for $1,300. That's a nice chunk of change for a tech dinosaur, but keep in mind the computer sold new for about $2,000, or $4,100 in 2010 dollars.

Will prices on the original Macintosh computers now go up? Tom Slater, Heritage's director of Americana auctions, doesn't think so. "Everyone has to die eventually, and real collectors are generally not affected much one way or the other when famous people pass," Slater says. "There is already active collecting interest in early Apple items; first-generation Apple computers have sold for tens of thousands of dollars." So Jobs' passing, he predicts, is unlikely to have any long-term effect on that market.

Knuth isn't sure how he'd react to any offers to buy items from his treasure trove. Right now, he's still a little numb. He and his Lapin crew, all Apple loyalists, had a rough go of it at work Thursday.

"I would love to do something in the store that commemorates Steve in some way," says Knuth, a leader in Chicago's community of Apple experts. "We're pretty sad about his loss. There will never be a replacement for Steve. It's just the passing of an icon."

Or, if you prefer, an iCon.

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Apple design guru key in post-Jobs era

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS).- His name may lack the broad brand recognition of Apple Inc co-founder Steve Jobs, but his touch on Apple's popular line of products is unmistakable.

Jonathan Ive, Apple's head of industrial design, has played a key role in Apple's success, dreaming up the distinct look and feel of the phones, computers and other gadgets that have become consumer must-haves.

With Apple's executive team now rallying around newly-appointed Chief Executive Tim Cook in the wake of Jobs' death on Wednesday, it will be up to Ive and his studio of designers to carry on the artistic legacy that has proven so vital to Apple.

"Jony brings the form factor" for Apple products expected by consumers, said BGC Partners analyst Colin Gillis. "That's critical. It's their look."

"The key thing is you don't want to lose him. You want to keep the team together," said Gillis.

A native of Britain, the 44-year-old Ive is said to be soft-spoken and private, with a knack for blending the aesthetically beautiful with the functional.

"He just has a wonderful eye of making things that are simple and elegant. But he also understands that it has to be usable by people," said Don Norman, the co-founder of usability consulting firm Nielsen Norman Group.

Norman, who served as Apple's Vice President of Advanced Technology in the mid 1990s, recalled working with Ive at Apple on efforts to make it easier for PC users to open the machines and swap out computer memory.

Among the iconic Apple products on Ive's resume are the translucent, colorful iMac computers that marked the beginning of Apple's revival after Jobs returned to the company in 1997, the iPod music player and the iPhone.

Apple declined to make Ive available for comment.

Dubbed the "Armani of Apple" in a 2002 BBC profile, Ive lives in San Francisco, drives a Bentley and opts for a casual work attire that typically includes a dark T-shirt and sneakers.

"He's quiet but insightful. He's not this big booming personality," said one industrial design expert who has worked with Ive in the past.

At the heart of Ive's aesthetic is an obsession with materials. Ive once traveled to Japan to meet with a master Samurai swordmaker and to observe first-hand the painstaking process of creating the beautifully polished, razor sharp and extremely durable steel blades.

In awarding Ive its product design award in 2007, the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum cited his "sculptural, desirable objects."

Much of that high-tech oeuvre is the result of a close partnership with Jobs, who, like Ive, was famously obsessive about details and design.

The industrial design team that Ive leads works out of a large, open studio on Apple's campus in Cupertino, California, with music blaring through giant sound system and access strictly limited to a small portion of Apple's employees, according to a 2006 profile of Ive in Business Week.

"They prototype a lot, to the level which is ten times what anybody else does," said the industrial design expert who has previously worked with Ive and wished to remain anonymous.

"They are there to break the rules and then propose ideas," he added. "They were kind of the muse for Jobs."

As Apple enters its new era, it will be up to Ive and his team to find new ways to inspire.

(Reporting by Alexei Oreskovic, editing by Bernard Orr)

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