Ten Important Themes Covered in the New Steve Jobs Book

Walter Isaacson’s aptly-titled Steve Jobs book is available today and, at 650+ pages, it’s a doozy. If you’re looking to hone in on a particular section of the biography, here’s a roundup of recent articles from around the web that highlight various themes presented throughout the book:

On design:

Steve Jobs Would Annoy Jony Ive By Taking Credit For His Design Work [Business Insider]

“Jonathan ‘Jony’ Ive, Apple’s design maestro, was regularly frustrated with his good friend, and boss, Steve Jobs taking all the credit for Apple product’s design.”

On apps:

Steve Jobs resisted third-party apps on iPhone, biography reveals [The Guardian]

“Apple chief was initially reluctant to allow non-Apple apps but was swayed by lobbying from execs and board members.”


On the iPad:

Jobs ‘annoyed and depressed’ following iPad announcement, biography reveals [ZDNet]

“Isaacson recounts how Jobs had received hundreds of emails to his personal email account in the twenty four hours following the announcement and how ‘most of them were complaining.’”

On Facebook:

Jobs Admired Facebook’s Zuckerberg for ‘Not Selling Out’ [BusinessWeek]

“Steve Jobs, who mentored Silicon Valley technology leaders in the months before he died, said he admired Facebook Inc. co-founder Mark Zuckerberg for ‘not selling out.’”

On Apple TV:

Steve Jobs’ biography spurs round of iTV, Apple TV handicapping [ZDNet]

“Analysts are projecting a launch of an Apple iTV in the second half of 2012 based on Steve Jobs’ comments in his biography.”

On cancer treatment:

Steve Jobs’ Cancer Treatment Regrets

Jobs’ ‘magical thinking’ may have defined his business brilliance, but it could have been his downfall in his fight against cancer.”

On Jobs’ temper:

‘Steve Jobs’: an apt portrait of a jerk and a genius [CNet]

“Jobs, along with the bold company he built, gets people’s blood boiling with loyalty and with loathing. Vitriol often is the chief characteristic of debates between the Mac fans and the Windows fans, the Android fans and the iOS fans.”

On Microsoft:

Apple’s Steve Jobs Talks Microsoft, Gates, Ballmer in New Bio [eWeek]

“Apple’s Steve Jobs spends a chunk of his new biography drawing contrasts between Apple and Microsoft, while opining on Microsoft CEOs Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.”

When Steve Met Bill: ‘It was a kind of weird seduction visit’ [Fortune]

“Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were the ultimate frenemies.”

On Google:

Will Steve Jobs’ final vendetta haunt Google? [AP]

“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.”

On adoption:

Biographer says Steve Jobs saw himself as ‘chosen’ [MercuryNews.com]

“A key to understanding Steve Jobs, his hand-picked biographer Walter Isaacson said, can be found in the Apple co-founder’s childhood in Mountain View.”

[This post republished from Techland.]


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