Suicides, "Stolen" iPhones, Flash, And His Great Sex Life -- Steve Jobs Uncensored
June 1, 2010 11:15 PM
comment(s) - last by
Steve Jobs didn't shy away from ranting on his favorite topics at D8.
He even did the robot (or Android?) for a short bit.
Steve Jobs ponders a puzzling audience question.
Apple's CEO leaves no stone unturned in a candid interview
Tonight at the eight annual
All Things Digital
conference (D8 for short) a frequent guest -- Apple CEO, co-founder and "supreme leader" (according to
All Things Digital
) Steve Jobs -- popped and let loose on a variety of topics during an interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher (the exchange was liveblogged by
Fresh out the gates, Jobs ripped into Adobe on the
topic of Flash
. He said, "Flash looks like it had its day but it's waning, and HTML5 looks like it's coming up. There's no smartphone shipping with Flash."
Jobs not only yet again compared Flash to deceased formats like the 3 and 1/2 inch floppy disk and Hyper Card, but also claims that he's the one being victimized. He alluded to his recent
open letter/rant against Flash
, stating, "We told Adobe to show us something better, and they never did. It wasn't until we shipped the iPad that Adobe started to raise a stink about it. We weren't trying to have a fight, we just decided to not use one of their products. They made a big deal of it -- that's why I wrote that letter. I said enough is enough, we're tired of these guys trashing us."
The interview then took a turn into a discussion about
, and the
infamous lost iPhone prototype
. On this Jobs comments, "Well a guy... who can say if he's a journalist... I can tell you what I do know, though. To make a product you need to test it. You have to carry them outside. One of our employees was carrying one. There's a debate about whether he left it in a bar, or it was stolen out of his bag. The person who found it tried to sell it, they called
, they called
"The person who took the phone plugged it into his roommates computer. And this guy was
trying to destroy evidence
... and his roommate called the police. So this is a story that's amazing -- it's got theft, it's got buying stolen property, it's got extortion, I'm sure there's some sex in there."
And towards the end of his talk he commented, "You know, when this whole thing with
happened, I got advice from people who said 'you gotta just let it slide, you shouldn't go after a journalist just because they bought stolen property and tried to extort you.' And I thought deeply about this, and I concluded the worst thing that could happen is if we change our core values and let it slide. I can't do that. I'd rather quit."
Those two controversial topics weren't the only ones hit on during this barn-burner interview, though. Jobs was questioned on the topic of Foxconn where Apple is reportedly
subsidizing a pay raise
for its overworked employees after a
string of 11 suicides
, several of which occurred over the last couple weeks. Jobs remarks, "We are all over this. Foxconn is not a sweatshop."
He says that the suicides are somewhat like a string of suicides that occurred in his home town of Palo Alto. He comments, "The rate is under what the US rate is, but it's still troubling. We had this in my hometown of Palo Alto, copy cat suicides. We're over there trying to understand this. It's a difficult situation."
Jobs says that one morning he just woke up and heard about Android. When asked if he felt betrayed, though, he quipped, "My sex life is pretty good."
But when asked about his search plans, there was little humor in his unequivocal response. He stated, "We have no plans to go into the search business. We don't care about it -- other people do it well."
On the topic of the iPhone itself Jobs says that AT&T is doing a good job
handling its loads of traffic
, but complains that they
He failed to elaborate further on what these "issues" were, but he did comment that there might be advantages to going with a second carrier in the U.S. But he said he couldn't talk about that at this time.
Those were among the highlights in what was one of the most candid, at times hilarious, and overall hard-hitting interviews in recent history. A full video will be linked here, courtesy of
All Things Digital
, once it gets posted.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Get over it already.
6/2/2010 7:48:22 AM
Whats with all the flash hate? I used to do web design free lance and my personal philosophy was to use flash where necessary. It's powerful enough to have capabilities unrivaled, but if you go nuts with it and build your site in action script it will be bloated and take forever to load. Aside from ditching plenty of other "Web 2.0" conventions that everyone was on, this was my big rule. Ajax can already replace Flash to a large extent, but it has shortcomings as well. If flash is used correctly then it is great. Most people's issues with Flash revolves around bad implementation, not flash itself.
"We can't expect users to use common sense. That would eliminate the need for all sorts of legislation, committees, oversight and lawyers." -- Christopher Jennings
Report: Apple Cuts 0.7 Percent of iPad Profit to Give Factory Workers Big Raise
May 31, 2010, 9:15 PM
Foxconn Makes Employees Promise Not to Kill Themselves
May 27, 2010, 4:07 PM
Roommate Ratted Out iPhone 4G Thief, Finders Tried to Destroy Evidence
May 14, 2010, 7:12 PM
UPDATE 2: Study Finds AT&T Last in Dropped Calls, Satisfaction; AT&T Disputes Results
May 5, 2010, 2:30 PM
Steve Jobs Skewers Adobe in "Open Letter"
April 29, 2010, 10:36 AM
ZOTAC Announces Diminutive ZBOX PI320 pico
August 27, 2014, 9:00 AM
Quick Note: QNAP Announces $129 QGenie 7-in-1 NAS for Mobile Users
July 14, 2014, 9:32 AM
Apple Launches 21.5” iMac with 1.4GHz Core i5 Processor Priced at $1,099
June 18, 2014, 8:07 AM
Lowe's "Holoroom" Brings Holodeck, Home Improvement Dreams Closer to Reality
June 13, 2014, 9:06 AM
Intel to Broaden Market for Fanless Tablets, Ultrabooks with 14nm Intel Core M
June 3, 2014, 10:42 AM
ZOTAC Announces Four New Silent ZBOX Mini-PCs
June 2, 2014, 9:21 AM
Most Popular Articles
Microsoft's Surface 2 Tablet Family Gets a $100 Price Cut
August 25, 2014, 1:16 AM
Owner of "Decepticon" Maserati Ordered to Appear in Court This Thursday
August 25, 2014, 7:55 AM
LG Posts Teaser Video of Its “Round Face” G Watch R Smartwatch, Set for IFA Lauch
August 24, 2014, 2:49 PM
Windows 9: "Upgrade Now" Button Coming for Enterprise Updates, ARM Preview in H1 2015
August 26, 2014, 8:00 PM
Second ZMapp-Treated Patient Dies of Ebola, Supplies Run Out
August 25, 2014, 7:03 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information