iPhone History : The iPhone was born because Steve Jobs hated some guy at Microsoft

...and no, it wasn't Bill Gates.

Some humanity's best achievements were borne of noble causes. Just take the Taj Mahal, by way of instance, which has been commissioned by Shah Jahan as a tomb for his favorite wife -- a sentence that's significantly more romantic if you eliminate the word "favorite."

The iPhone, based on Apple's former elder vice president of all iOS software Scott Forstall, has a history that's much more spiteful.

"It began because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft," described Forstall in an interview with an event celebrating the 10th anniversary of their iPhone. The worker remained unnamed, but it wasn't Bill Gates ("he was starting to like Bill at this point") -- this was the husband of one of Laurene Powell Jobs' friends, and therefore someone Steve Jobs ended up spending plenty of time with socially. "Anytime he had any social interaction with this particular man, he'd return pissed off," explained Forstall.

Seemingly it had been the Microsoft employee crowing over the approaching Tablet PC that set Jobs off in his desire to come up with a touch-screen mobile computer keyboard.

Following a "group of expletives," Jobs briefed his group on their new rival. "Let's show them how it's done -- the first issue is, they are idiots. You don't use a stylus," Job is quoted as saying, adding that the finger is better because it's easier to eliminate a stylus than a finger, which is hard to contend with.

Early prototypes had more in common with a table than the iPhone ("wouldn't fit in your toilet, much less your pocket"), but the engineers maintained on noodling away in the capacitive multi-touch screen until 2004 when Jobs had the thought to shrink it right into a telephone. According to Forstall, inspiration destroyed in a coffee shop where Jobs noticed lots of folks carrying mobiles to, but none of them appear to enjoy the encounter. And in 2007 the iPhone was born and also changed, and thus, Project Purple was born the entire world.

Forstall himself asserts he'd "no right" to be direct on a team working on a mobile phone. "The very first text I ever sent was on the iPhone because texting like everything was horrid" he clarified.

You can see the full interview with Scott Forstall below. It starts around one hour, seven minutes. The section on the iPhone begins at 1:29:51.

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