While many publications are pulling out the same news about the new Steve Jobs autobiography–news of Jobs putting off cancer surgery to try herbal remedies, against advice from his doctors and friends–the most interesting nugget we gleaned from the quotes from Walter Isaacson’s new Jobs’ book is Jobs’ nuclear disdain for Android.
The novel delves into Jobs’ relationship with Eric Schmidt, who sat on Apple’s board from 2006-09 before leaving to become CEO of Google and leading Google’s Android software war with Apple’s iPhone. In the book, Jobs is described as “livid” when he saw an HTC phone in January 2010 that had many iPhone-like features.
Jobs and Apple sued for what Jobs describes in the book as “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 said in the book that he told Schmidt in a later meeting: “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.”