Steve Jobs Final Words – Steve Jobs uttered a few words during his final hours of being alive. Google can only hope that he doesn’t haunt the Internet search leader from the grave.
The depths of his 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 his long battle with pancreatic cancer culminated in his Oct. 5 death. The Associated Press obtained a copy Thursday.
The biography drips with his 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.
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.
Today’s New York Times features a contribution from Steve’s sister, the novelist Mona Simpson: the eulogy she gave at her brother’s funeral, and the final words the Apple co-founder gave.
It’s one of the better things we’ve read in the wake of his death–if we have to read platitudes, we’d rather they be written by someone who knew and loved him personally–and in it Simpson writes about Jobs.
Hours before his death, Steve said:
“OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW.”
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