Video Shared With Apple Employees Shows ‘Softer Side’ of Steve Jobs

A video obtained exclusively by ABC News today aims to showcase the „softer side“ of Steve Jobs, with the former Apple CEO addressing an assembly of Apple employees the day before the release of the original iPhone in 2007.

During the brief clips shared by ABC News, Jobs urges the company’s employees to go in to an Apple Store and „just give one of the Apple retail store employees a hug,“ discusses his theory of corporate management, and debunks the history to his famous ripped jeans.

The footage was shared with Apple’s employees yesterday to mark the fourth anniversary of Jobs’ death on October 5, 2011. A handful of well-known Apple executives put together some personal essays in memory of the Apple co-founder, including current Apple CEO Tim Cook, calling him „brilliant“ and with „a great sense of humor.“

A lot of Jobs’ past has been resurfacing recently alongside the release of a handful of films chronicling his life, including Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine and the upcoming Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie. A few of Jobs’ supporters aren’t backing many of these interpretations of him, including his widow Laurene Powell Jobs, who tried to cease production on the Sorkin script multiple times.



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Steve Wozniak Discusses Apple’s Early Days and Working with Steve Jobs [Mac Blog]

In a brief interview with Bloomberg Businessweek as part of highlighting Apple’s #10 ranking on the magazine’s list of „The 85 Most Disruptive Ideas in Our History“, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak discusses a handful of topics related to the company, mostly relating to Apple’s early days. Among the topics Wozniak delved into was Steve Jobs’ mindset in those early years of the company.

He had always spoken about wanting to be a person that moves the world forward, but he couldn’t really create things and design them like I could. Steve wanted a company real badly. His thinking was not necessarily about what computers would do for the average Joe in the average home. Steve found the words that explained what these computers would do for people and how important it was a little later in life.

Wozniak went on to mention his refrain from conflict, and that Jobs „was going to make sure that his position was strong and forceful and heard by others.“ He continued, „Thankfully he had the best brain. He usually had a little, tiny suggestion, but almost always he was right.“

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Discussing the onset of the „computer revolution“, Wozniak said he „knew that the computer was so far ahead of anything the rest of the world had seen. We knew we had a revolution. Everyone who joined Apple, this was the greatest thing in their life.“ Wozniak said that compared to every computer that came before it, the Apple I (which now sells for over half a million dollars at auction on occasion) was the point where he saw the future of widespread, affordable computing devices.

When asked where most of the work was being done in those early years, Wozniak mentions his cubicle at Hewlett-Packard in Cupertino, not the famous location of Steve Jobs’ family home that is now a historical landmark.

The garage is a bit of a myth. We did no designs there, no breadboarding, no prototyping, no planning of products. We did no manufacturing there. The garage didn’t serve much purpose, except it was something for us to feel was our home. We had no money. You have to work out of your home when you have no money.

Wozniak has been in the news a fair amount in recent months, with rumors swirling about who will play him in the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs film that Wozniak is consulting on, and the recent announcement of The Woz, a reality show about the future of technology Wozniak is set to host.




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Universal Studios Picks Up Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs Movie, Michael Fassbender to Star

Just under a week after Sony Pictures dropped the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs movie, Universal Studios has picked it up, according to The Wrap. X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender is also now attached to star as Jobs.

Universal Pictures has picked up the Steve Jobs biopic less than a week after it was dropped by Sony, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

Sony suddenly dropped the film last Wednesday after it had developed it for two years. One report indicated the studio dropped the movie because of the shooting schedule. Director Danny Boyle wanted to start shooting in January 2015, when Fassbender would be available to shoot. Sony, however, wanted to shoot a little later, which would have clashed with Fassbender’s schedule as he was set to shoot X-Men: Apocalypse.

Earlier this month, Christian Bale dropped out of the film despite Sorkin confirming his involvement. Fassbender stepped into the role shortly afterward and actors Jessica Chastain and Seth Rogen have recently emerged as potential cast members, with Rogen possibly playing Steve Wozniak.

The film is expected to follow Jobs during three stressful, high profile product launches, including NeXT, the debut of the Macintosh in 1984 and the iPod debut in 2001.




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