Steve Jobs invented the iPhone because he "hated this guy at Microsoft"

  • Posted 9 months Ago

Some of the best inventions are born not out of a desire to change the world, but from intense rivalries between companies or individuals, and it seems the iPhone is no different. Shedding new light on its creation, ex-Apple iOS chief Scott Forstall said it all began because Steve Jobs "hated this guy at Microsoft."

"Any time Steve had any interaction with the guy, he’d come back pissed off," said Forstall while speaking at the Computer History Museum in California.

The Microsoft executive was apparently the husband of Jobs' wife's friend and would brag about how Microsoft was going to change the world with its tablet PC software and stylus and that Apple should just license it.

In the end, Jobs lost it. He grabbed a prototype of a tablet they were working on at Apple and took it down to the design team, telling them to shrink it down to a multi-touch device you could fit in your pocket. "Steve saw it and said 'put the tablet on hold, let’s build a phone.' And that’s what we did," said Forstall.

The very first iPhone was released in 2007 and, despite how huge it is now, wasn't met warmly by tech reviewers. Sales ended up being OK, but not amazing, although Forstall said that after he had spent some time with one in the real world he knew it was going to be huge. "We were changing the entire way things were done," he said.

And the rest, as they say, is history…