In a number ofÂ revelationÂ discovered in Walter Isaacson’sÂ Steve JobsÂ biography that went on sale earlier this week, here is one of them.
The iPad and the iPad 2 has been one of the greatest inventions by Steve Jobs and success for Apple since its launch in 2009, but if it wasn’t for one loud-mouthed Microsoft employee, the tablet may have never been born. Steve Jobs decided that he would create the device after listening to a Microsoft employee boast about a Windows tablet over dinner.
When he got home that night, Steve said, “Fuck this, let’s show him that a tablet really can be.”
[Bill] Gates was annoyed that the guy kept revealing information about theÂ tablet PCÂ he had developed for Microsoft. “He’s our employee and he’s revealing out intellectual property,” Gates recounted. Jobs was also annoyed, and it had the consequence that Gates feared. As Jobs recalled:
This guy badgered me about how Microsoft was going to completely change the world with thistablet PCÂ software and eliminate all notebook computers, and Apple ought to license his Microsoft software. But he was doing the device all wrong. It had a stylus. As soon as your have a stylus, you’re dead. This dinner was like the tenth time he talked to me about it, and I was so sick of it that I came home and said, “F*ck it, let’s show him that a tablet can really be.”
Jobs went into the office the next day, gathered his team, and said, “I want to make a tablet, and it can’t have a keyboard or a stylus.”
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