'60 Minutes' features previously unheard interviews with Steve Jobs

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
Ahead of Monday's release of the authorized biography of Steve Jobs, CBS news magazine 60 Minutes offered a closer look at the book and the life of the Apple co-founder.



The TV special included excerpts of taped interviews Jobs did with the author of the book, Walter Isaacson. Speaking about his book, Isaacson said he believe it's a look at Jobs that's "fair," offering a closer look at the man, including his strengths and flaws.



Isaacson said in the interview that Jobs was "petulant" and "brittle," and said he could be very mean to people. But he was also a man who demanded perfection, something taught to him at a young age.



Isaacson said when Jobs was young, his father showed him how to build a fence, and taught him that the back of the fence had to look just as good as the front -- even though no one would see it.



It was that attention to detail that helped make Apple's products so appealing, but also made Jobs a difficult manager to work for. The interview discusses the origins of Apple, the clashes Jobs had with employees at the company, and how he was eventually chased away, only to come back and save Apple years later.



Isaacson described Jobs's house as a "normal" home in Palo Alto, Calif. The Apple co-founder said that was important to him -- he didn't want to live a "nutso lavish lifestyle" that rich people often do, even though he was worth more than $7 billion.



"I made a promise to myself, I said I'm not going to let this money ruin my life," Jobs said in one taped interview.



Isaacson also showed off personal family pictures provided by Jobs just before he died. The family was pictured in portraits and on vacation, and Isaacson flipped through the images on a white iPad 2.



He also said that as recently as August Jobs expressed hope that new treatments might help him beat cancer. He told his biographer that he wouldn't read Isaacson's book as soon as it came out, but would instead wait six months to a year.



Isaacson's book, entitled "Steve Jobs," goes on sale Monday in a hardcover edition, as well as digitally through Amazon Kindle and Apple's iBooks.



The TV interview that aired Sunday evening also discusses Jobs's search for his biological mother and a chance encounter with his biological father, his reluctance to undergo surgery to treat his pancreatic cancer, his secret liver transplant, and his desire to conquer the television market. The full interview is included in two segments below:











The news program also included a number of Web extras, featuring even more content on Jobs and the new biography. The segments include what Jobs felt about his rivals, more details on his secret liver transplant, and his critical advice given to U.S. President Barack Obama. These four clips are included below:



















The 60 Minutes episode that aired on Sunday also featured a segment on how the iPad and its touchscreen interface has been a major benefit for people afflicted with autism:



Comments

  • Reply 1 of 17
    Stop teasing us! I'll buy the book already!
  • Reply 2 of 17
    And the videos aren't playing for me because.....



    Funny....I get the Pfizer commercial, though.
  • Reply 3 of 17
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    Originally Posted by Dickprinter View Post


    And the videos aren't playing for me because.....



    Funny....I get the Pfizer commercial, though.



    Ask your doctor if Viagra? is right for you.
  • Reply 4 of 17
    ktappektappe Posts: 759member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dickprinter View Post


    And the videos aren't playing for me because.....



    Funny....I get the Pfizer commercial, though.



    Oh the irony if the videos only play on Windows.....
  • Reply 5 of 17
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    Originally Posted by ktappe View Post


    Oh the irony if the videos only play on Windows.....



    It's not playing on my iphone. At all.
  • Reply 6 of 17
    It is time for AppleInsider to dump Flash and change to HTLM
  • Reply 7 of 17
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    Originally Posted by Charel View Post


    It is time for AppleInsider to dump Flash and change to HTLM



    They just embedded the video from CBS.



    Go tell CBS to dump Flash. Just another sign that Flash isn't dead, as much as we'd like it to be.
  • Reply 8 of 17
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    Originally Posted by MaroonMushroom View Post


    They just embedded the video from CBS.



    Go tell CBS to dump Flash. Just another sign that Flash isn't dead, as much as we'd like it to be.



    Hehe it's not dead. Not reliable, either, apparently
  • Reply 9 of 17
    ikolikol Posts: 369member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Charel View Post


    It is time for AppleInsider to dump Flash and change to HTLM



    Flash works just fine on my MPB running Lion. Thank god Apple had some good sense and didn't banish it from Lion.
  • Reply 10 of 17
    mjtomlinmjtomlin Posts: 1,793member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by iKol View Post


    Flash works just fine on my MPB running Lion. Thank god Apple had some good sense and didn't banish it from Lion.



    Flash doesn't ship with Lion either... You had to install it, or had it installed before you upgraded.
  • Reply 11 of 17
    Watch the last movie with Leslie Stahl -- on Autism and the iPad.



    What isn't mentioned is that there were desktop computer-based tools (accessories, hardware and software) costing $8,000 or more.



    The Proloquo2go app (the major app shown) costs $189. Add to that the cost of an iPad or an iPod touch and you have a better, easier solution for 1/10 of the cost -- and it's mobile.



    We bought this app, when it first came out, to show a friend who teaches autistic children. We loaned her an iPad and she was totally blown away!



    The app is most portable, of course, on the iPod Touch -- but it, and the kids, really come into their own using the larger iPad touch surface and display.





    For all the trolls and naysayers who denigrate the iPad -- and say it's nothing but a large iPod touch...



    IMO, if iPads were used for no other reason than this -- you'd have to call the iPad a resounding success.





    When we had the computer stores, Apple donated an Apple ][ to a young teen boy who was quadriplegic. (We delivered the computer and showed the boy and his family how to use it). The boy navigated the keyboard with special device by blowing through a tube like a soda straw.



    You should have seen the glint in his eyes and smile on his face -- the sense of empowerment and satisfaction.





    I suspect we will see similar uses of Siri -- to enhance peoples ability to communicate and accomplish not-so-simple [for them] tasks.
  • Reply 12 of 17
    moxommoxom Posts: 325member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post


    Watch the last movie with Leslie Stahl -- on Autism and the iPad.



    What isn't mentioned is that there were desktop computer-based tools (accessories, hardware and software) costing $8,000 or more.



    The Proloquo2go app (the major app shown) costs $189. Add to that the cost of an iPad or an iPod touch and you have a better, easier solution for 1/10 of the cost -- and it's mobile.



    We bought this app, when it first came out, to show a friend who teaches autistic children. We loaned her an iPad and she was totally blown away!



    The app is most portable, of course, on the iPod Touch -- but it, and the kids, really come into their own using the larger iPad touch surface and display.





    For all the trolls and naysayers who denigrate the iPad -- and say it's nothing but a large iPod touch...



    IMO, if iPads were used for no other reason than this -- you'd have to call the iPad a resounding success.





    When we had the computer stores, Apple donated an Apple ][ to a young teen boy who was quadriplegic. (We delivered the computer and showed the boy and his family how to use it). The boy navigated the keyboard with special device by blowing through a tube like a soda straw.



    You should have seen the glint in his eyes and smile on his face -- the sense of empowerment and satisfaction.





    I suspect we will see similar uses of Siri -- to enhance peoples ability to communicate and accomplish not-so-simple [for them] tasks.



    Thanks for sharing - that is great to hear
  • Reply 13 of 17
    paxmanpaxman Posts: 4,589member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post


    Watch the last movie with Leslie Stahl -- on Autism and the iPad.



    What isn't mentioned is that there were desktop computer-based tools (accessories, hardware and software) costing $8,000 or more.



    The Proloquo2go app (the major app shown) costs $189. Add to that the cost of an iPad or an iPod touch and you have a better, easier solution for 1/10 of the cost -- and it's mobile.



    We bought this app, when it first came out, to show a friend who teaches autistic children. We loaned her an iPad and she was totally blown away!



    The app is most portable, of course, on the iPod Touch -- but it, and the kids, really come into their own using the larger iPad touch surface and display.





    For all the trolls and naysayers who denigrate the iPad -- and say it's nothing but a large iPod touch...



    IMO, if iPads were used for no other reason than this -- you'd have to call the iPad a resounding success.





    When we had the computer stores, Apple donated an Apple ][ to a young teen boy who was quadriplegic. (We delivered the computer and showed the boy and his family how to use it). The boy navigated the keyboard with special device by blowing through a tube like a soda straw.



    You should have seen the glint in his eyes and smile on his face -- the sense of empowerment and satisfaction.





    I suspect we will see similar uses of Siri -- to enhance peoples ability to communicate and accomplish not-so-simple [for them] tasks.



    Very moving, very cool
  • Reply 14 of 17
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mjtomlin View Post


    Flash doesn't ship with Lion either... You had to install it, or had it installed before you upgraded.



    Just like windows.
  • Reply 15 of 17
    akf2000akf2000 Posts: 223member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum View Post


    Watch the last movie with Leslie Stahl -- on Autism and the iPad.



    What isn't mentioned is that there were desktop computer-based tools (accessories, hardware and software) costing $8,000 or more.



    The Proloquo2go app (the major app shown) costs $189. Add to that the cost of an iPad or an iPod touch and you have a better, easier solution for 1/10 of the cost -- and it's mobile.



    We bought this app, when it first came out, to show a friend who teaches autistic children. We loaned her an iPad and she was totally blown away!



    The app is most portable, of course, on the iPod Touch -- but it, and the kids, really come into their own using the larger iPad touch surface and display.





    For all the trolls and naysayers who denigrate the iPad -- and say it's nothing but a large iPod touch...



    IMO, if iPads were used for no other reason than this -- you'd have to call the iPad a resounding success.





    When we had the computer stores, Apple donated an Apple ][ to a young teen boy who was quadriplegic. (We delivered the computer and showed the boy and his family how to use it). The boy navigated the keyboard with special device by blowing through a tube like a soda straw.



    You should have seen the glint in his eyes and smile on his face -- the sense of empowerment and satisfaction.





    I suspect we will see similar uses of Siri -- to enhance peoples ability to communicate and accomplish not-so-simple [for them] tasks.





    best post I've ever read on AI
  • Reply 16 of 17
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MoXoM View Post


    Thanks for sharing - that is great to hear



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by paxman View Post


    Very moving, very cool



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by akf2000 View Post


    best post I've ever read on AI



    Thank you guys for reaffirming the belief in the basic goodness of mankind:



    Abou Ben Adhem



    Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)

    Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,

    And saw, within the moonlight in his room,

    Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom,

    An Angel writing in a book of gold:



    Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold,

    And to the Presence in the room he said,

    "What writest thou?" The Vision raised its head,

    And with a look made of all sweet accord

    Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord."



    "And is mine one?" said Abou. "Nay, not so,"

    Replied the Angel. Abou spoke more low,

    But cheerily still; and said, "I pray thee, then,

    Write me as one who loves his fellow men."



    The Angel wrote, and vanished. The next night

    It came again with a great wakening light,

    And showed the names whom love of God had blessed,

    And, lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest!



    -- James Leigh Hunt
  • Reply 17 of 17
    frankiefrankie Posts: 370member
    Watched the 60 minutes interview.



    Kind of sad to watch actually. I always admired Steve just like millions of others, for his great products and magical thinking. It's too bad to learn that he was actually kind of a douchebag.



    He may have had great design ideas, great products, intelligent interfaces, simplicity and uniqueness...but Humility trumps every other quality, every single time.
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