Thermonuclear: Steve Jobs’ Android Rant Could Hurt Apple

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Explosive comments made by Steve Jobs to his biographer can be used against Apple in its patent case between them and Motorola following a judge’s ruling.


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Before his death, Steve Jobs opened up to his biographer Walter Isaacson, and with impassioned language, described the lengths he’d endeavour to ‘destroy Android.’ Jobs said:

“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong.

“I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this,” Jobs said prior to his death in October of 2011.

The passage is arguably the most newsworthy in the biography as it encapsulates Jobs’ great distaste in Apple’s threatening rival.

Now, Apple is in the thick of patent litigation with Motorola Mobility, a company recently acquired by Google, and a Chicago Judge has ruled comments Jobs made in his biography can be used in the hearing.

Apple is concerned Jobs’ comments could be used against them, and in a filing to the court said:

“To avoid any potential prejudice to Apple if Motorola attempts to use the book to appeal to the jury’s passion. Apple asks that the court prevent any reference to the Jobs book during the trial.”

However, TechRadar report Judge Richard Posner of the Federal court shot down Apple’s request without explanation.

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