Steve Jobs Vowed to Spend His ‘Last Dying Breath’ Destroying Android

Quotes from the Steve Jobs biography reveal how upset the Apple CEO was with Google’s launch of Android and that Jonathan Ive had ‘more operation power’ at Apple than anyone, according the Associated Press.

Jobs was reportedly livid that HTC released an Android device which feature 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.”

At a meeting with Eric Schmidt in Palo Alto, Calif., cafe, Jobs told Schmidt that he wasn’t interested in settling the lawsuit.

“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.

Jobs also reveals how much influence Jonathan Ive, Apple’s design chief, was given at the company. Jobs called him his “spiritual partner”.

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.”

In the book Jobs reveals that the name for Apple came to him as he was trying various diets, including one of fruits and vegetables. While on one of his fruitarian diets Jobs had just returned from an apple farm and thought the name sounded “fun, spirited and not intimidating.”

According to the book, Steve Jobs gave up Christianity at age 13 when he saw starving children on the cover of a Life magazine. He asked his Sunday school pastor whether God knew what would happened to him and consequently never went back. He did study Zen Buddhism later.

You can pre-order the biography from here for $17.88. It’s scheduled for release on October 24th.

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