During a talk at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, Scott Forstall, the former head of software for Apple, said a few things that most of the people in the tech industry do not know about.
Steve Jobs’ hate for a Microsoft executive led to the creation of the iPad
According to a recent report by news site CNET, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker would not have built the iPad a few years ago if the former chief executive officer of Apple Inc. had not “hated” a certain Microsoft executive. On Tuesday, Forstball, who is popular for creating iOS for the first time, said in the talk at the Computer History Museum that Jobs could not stand an executive at the software making company – Microsoft – who talked to him about plans for tablets and styluses.
Jobs was popular for favoring using fingers on touchscreen instead of using stylus. The Ex-CEO of Apple Inc. was irritated with the Microsoft executive so the Silicon Valley giant and Jobs began working on their own tablet, which was later known as the iPad. On Tuesday, Forstall said, “iPhone had a very circuitous route by itself. We’d been working on a tablet project, which has a really odd beginning. It began because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft.”
Until recently, Forstall has not spoken about the Cupertino-based giant – atleast since he left the iPhone maker in October 2012.
Here’s what Job said: Biography
The recent comment by the former head of Software at the iPad making company recounts back to the authorized biography “Steve Jobs” of Walter Isaacson. In the book, it was revealed by the writer that the late tech icon said, “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**k this, let’s show him what a tablet can really be’.”
The iPhone making giant introduced the first iPad in 2010, which was over three years after the first iPhone. However, the tech company began the development on the iPad before its phone. According to Forstall, after the conversation of the former CEO and Forstall himself, the company shifted its focus to introduce the iPhone first. So technically, the future of both iPhone and iPad was decided by Job’s hate for that Microsoft worker.