iPhone might never have existed if Apple co-founder Steve Jobs didn’t hate an executive at Microsoft

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iPhone might never have existed if Apple co-founder Steve Jobs didn’t hate an executive at Microsoft

CNET reported Scott Forstall revealed that the iPhone might never have existed if Apple co-founder Steve Jobs didn’t hate an executive at Microsoft.

Scott Forstall, the man who created iOS for the first iPhone and the former head of Apple’s software business, said during an event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Jobs, who was famously anti-stylus and instead favored using fingers on touchscreens, couldn’t stand an executive at Microsoft continuously talked and bragged about company’s plans was going to change the world with its tablets and styluses.

Forstall revealed it was Jobs’ hatred of a particular Microsoft executive that sparked his interest in tablet computing. Jobs and Apple started work on their own tablet, which eventually became the iPad.

During the development of iPad, Forstall recounted Jobs asked if Forstall and his team could make a multitouch demo on hardware small enough to fit in a pocket. And so came the first visions of iPhone. The first iPad in 2010 was launched three years after the first iPhone.

Forstall was fired by Tim Cook, who became CEO in August 2011, for reportedly failing to take responsibility for problems with Apple Maps.

Source: CNET