It’s no secret that Steve Jobs did not have much affinity for his mobile competition at Google, going so far as to say he would destroy Android, which he considered to be a product that was stolen from Apple. His attacks appear to have been even more personal as Fred Vogelstein’s book, Dogfight: How Apple And Google Went To War And Started a Revolution reveals. Business Insider notes one especially provocative quote in which Jobs refers to Andy Rubin, the founder of Android, as a “big, arrogant f**k,” and Android itself as a “f**king rip off of what we’re doing.”
Apple’s iPhone may have forever changed the world of mobile communications but by 2009 Apple was starting to face some serious competition in the smartphone market from Google’s free-to-use Android operating system. According to a new book written by Fred Vogelstein that’s been excerpted by Wired, Jobs saw the dangers that Google’s platform presented and came up with a bold plan to hold off the Android barbarians that were banging on Apple’s gate. In short, he decided that the best way to maintain iOS’s relevance was to make the iPad. More →
Any time a company’s stock has a year like Apple shares have had between late September 2012 and now, investors and industry watchers are bound to get antsy. Many eyes obviously turned to CEO Tim Cook as Apple’s stock tumbled more than 30%, but now that Apple is launching new devices and smashing sales records again, sentiment is starting to turn. As for the job Cook has done since taking over as Apple’s chief executive, opinions will always vary despite Apple’s solid financials. According to former Apple CEO John Sculley, however, Cook should ignore critics and stay the course because he’s doing a “terrific job” at Apple’s helm. More →
Apple’s brightest days are apparently behind it and there’s nothing but doom and gloom ahead. So says Oracle CEO and long-time friend to Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, who recently shared his thoughts on the matter with CBS’ Charlie Rose. “Well, we already know. We saw. We conducted the experiment. I mean, it’s been done,” Ellison said. “We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. We saw Apple without Steve Jobs. We saw Apple with Steve Jobs. Now, we’re gonna see Apple without Steve Jobs.” Ellison of course is referring to Apple’s fall to the brink of bankruptcy when it ousted Jobs and then its eventual climb to the top of the world after bringing Jobs back in 1996. History, according to Ellison, will now repeat itself. The relevant portion of Ellison’s interview can be watched below. More →
Apple recently denied allegations from the United States Justice Department that suggested it was the ringleader in a conspiracy to fix eBook prices. The trial isn’t set to start until next month, but AllThingsD posted a now-public document the DoJ plans to use as evidence when making its case. In the email from late Apple co-founder to News Corporation’s James Murdoch, Jobs writes that News Corp. should “throw in with Apple and see if we can all make a go of this to create a real mainstream e-books market at $12.99 and $14.99.” Apple stands accused of colluding with book publishers to stop eBook vendors like Amazon from selling titles at discounted prices. Apple is now the lone defendant in the price-fixing trial after the four book publishers originally indicted settled out of court with the DoJ. A copy of Jobs’s full email follows below. More →
Bill Gates and late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs are among a small group of people who helped shape the technology industry over the past 40 years and in a new interview conducted by 60 Minutes’ Charlie Rose, the former reflects on his final visit with the latter. Gates recently sat down with 60 Minutes to discuss his work at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and although it didn’t air in CBS’ broadcast, the conversation veered off topic for a few moments as the Microsoft co-founder got emotional while recounting his last visit with friend and rival Steve Jobs in May 2011. No spoilers here — the unaired footage from the Gates interview follows below. More →
Apple (AAPL) has struck a new deal to license patents from Access, according to a document published on the patent holding firm’s website. The IP covered in the small deal includes patents originally filed by Palm, Bell Communications Research and Geoworks. As 9to5Mac points out, former Apple CEO Steve Jobs once told then-Palm CEO Ed Colligan that the company’s patents were “not that great,” and that Apple had passed on an earlier opportunity to acquire them to protect the iPhone because they were basically worthless. To be fair though, the Apple-Access licensing deal is valued at 1 billion yen, or about $10 million USD, which is indeed practically nothing to a company with more than $140 billion in cash on hand.
Apple (AAPL) is expected to sit atop the consumer electronics industry for quite some time to come, but the company’s stock continues to take a beating as growth inevitably slows and margins are squeezed. The latest ding to Apple shares came as Needam & Co. analyst Charlie Wolf lowered his price target from $750 to $710, citing a slowdown in iPhone sales growth and a crunch on iPad margins in the coming 12 months. More →
When Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook says that he hates patent litigation, he’s apparently not bluffing. In a long Reuters piece about the complicated relationship between Apple and rival Samsung (005930), unnamed sources claim that Cook was always opposed to suing Samsung but was overruled by then-CEO Steve Jobs. According to Reuters‘ sources, Cook was against filing patent suits against Samsung “largely because of that company’s critical role as a supplier of components for the iPhone and the iPad.” Given Cook’s role in building and managing Apple’s first-rate supply chain over the years, it makes sense that he’d be opposed to any strategy that could disrupt the company’s relationship with suppliers. Nonetheless, Apple has still followed through with Jobs’ plan for a “thermonuclear” war legal against Samsung and other Android vendors even after his passing in 2011. Reuters speculates, however, that given Apple’s lack of success in obtaining sales bans for Samsung devices that the two companies will reach a stalemate in the near future and that the patent wars between them will slowly wind down.
Late Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs was known for being insanely competitive, but this takes things to a whole new level. Reuters reports that documents unearthed in a civil suit against Apple, Google (GOOG) and Intel (INTC) show that Jobs once allegedly “threatened to file a patent lawsuit against Palm if that company’s chief executive didn’t agree to refrain from poaching Apple employees.” Former Palm CEO Edward Colligan, who described the feud with Jobs in a sworn statement, claims he told Jobs that such proposed collusion between the two companies was “likely illegal” and that he wasn’t intimidated by Jobs’ threats. Colligan provided his statement as part of a lawsuit filed by five tech industry employees who allege that major tech firms have engaged in a series of gentlemen’s agreements to not poach one another’s workers.
Just as Steve Jobs originally (and dubiously) thought “Bicycle” was a good name for the original Macintosh or “MacMan” for the first iMac, the late Apple (AAPL) CEO almost went with the name “Freedom” for its Web browser. Former retired Apple programmer Don Melton writes on his blog that other names on the table included “Alexander” and “iBrowse,” but in the end Jobs chose “Safari.“
Steve Jobs’ impact on Apple (AAPL) is still being felt more than a year after his passing. According to patents discovered by AppleInsider, Apple now owns the patent to the iPhone 4 and its external antenna design, iPad 2, Smart Cover, iPhone 4/4S Bumper, L-shaped MagSafe found on previous generation MacBooks. The patents are accredited to the late Jobs and Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of Industrial Design. As designers and artists, as Jobs liked to be called, both men were responsible for designing Apple’s most iconic products since Jobs returned to Apple in 1996.
Research in Motion (RIMM) CEO Thorsten Heins seems to have gone on a public relations binge ever since announcing the BlackBerry 10 launch event in January. The chief executive previously expressed his confidence in the company’s upcoming operating system, claiming it will be a hit with consumers and could even eliminate the need for a laptop computer. Heins’ confidence has reflected positively on shares of RIM with some analysts even moving to increase their price targets on the struggling company’s stock. He isn’t done talking yet, however. The executive revealed in an interview with Wired additional details about RIM’s recovery and his Steve Jobs inspired approach to leading a company. More →