5 Revelations From Steve Jobs' Biography
The Apple co-founder's take on alternative medicine, turtlenecks, and Google Android are included in Walter Isaacson's upcoming book.
Steve Jobs, the biography of the Apple co-founder, arrives in stores on Oct. 24. Walter Isaacson penned the book, which was pushed to its current release date after Jobs' death on Oct. 5.
Excerpts from the book have been leaked in anticipation of the release and Isaacson goes on record about it on 60 Minutes Sunday.
Here are 5 revelations from Steve Jobs that have people talking:
1. Jobs told Barack Obama he'd be a one term President.
Jobs believed the Obama administration embraced an anti-business philosophy and stubbornly waited for a week to meet the President because the invitation wasn't delivered to him personally. When they did meet in fall 2010, Jobs told Obama, "You're headed for a one-term presidency."
Despite his differences with the President, Jobs offered to help create political ads for Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, writes Isaacson.
2. The Apple co-founder regretted putting off cancer surgery.
Jobs sought alternative treatments for nine months after doctors told him he had pancreatic cancer. He told Isaacson he refused surgery initially because he "didn’t want to be violated in that way."
Jobs, who secretly received cancer treatments while telling everyone he was cured, later lamented his decision, according to Isaacson, "He wanted to talk about it, how he regretted it….I think he felt he should have been operated on sooner."
3. Jobs met his biological father before knowing it was his father.
Jobs was adopted when he was a baby and actually met his biological father a few times before either of them knew each other's identities. Abdulfattah "John" Jandali ran a Mediterranean restaurant in Silicon Valley and once told Jobs' biological sister, novelist Mona Simpson, that "everybody used to come there. Even Steve Jobs used to eat there. Yeah, he was a great tipper."
4. The exec threatened "thermonuclear was" on Google Android.
Jobs wanted to launch "thermonuclear war" on Google's Android software because he felt it was "grand theft" of Apple's features, according to his biography. Jobs said he'd “spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong."
Steve Jobs details how tension ran so high between Jobs and then-Google CEO Eric Schmidt, that Schmidt was forced to resign from Apple's board in 2009.
5. He had more than 100 black turtlenecks made for him by Japanese designer Issey Miyake.
In the early ‘80s, Jobs considering making Apple corporate employees wear uniforms. The idea was inspired by the practical uniforms designed by Miyake for all the Sony employees. When the staff balked at wearing Miyake's nylon vests, Jobs asked Miyake to make him some of his black turtlenecks that he liked. Those turtlenecks and his 501 jeans became his uniform until the day he died.
Issacson writes that Miyake made Jobs more than 100 sweaters. And Jobs actually showed them to Isaacson, all neatly stacked up in his closet. "That's what I wear," he told Isaacson. "I have enough to last for the rest of my life."