Steve Jobs was driven to create iPhone by obnoxious Microsoft guy with stylus


The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs: “OK, put the tablet on hold. Let’s build a phone.”

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Had a Microsoft executive not boasted about Redmond’s plans to “rule the world” with a new Windows tablet and stylus, Steve Jobs might not have hit on the iconic design for the iPhone and iPad.

During a talk at the Computer History Museum this week, Scott Forstall, who led iOS development at Apple under Jobs, recounted the moment Jobs realized that fingers would be the way forward for mobile computing.

“It began because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft. That’s the actual origin of it,” said Forstall. “Any time Steve had any social…

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