4. "It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it"
Rumours of Apple developing a TV have been surfacing with regularity for a number of years, although little concrete evidence has emerged that anything is in production.
However, the biography offers one tantalising clue when Jobs tells Isaacson that he "cracked" an issue that was crucial to the development of this device.
We may never know the nature of this 'eureka' moment, but it could well have had something to do with Siri as a voice control for the TV, as the need for a remote control no doubt irritated Jobs.
Rather than flicking channels, pushing volumes up and down, and even turning the machine on, you'd presumably command the TV to do as you wish: "Turn to BBC1, record this show, volume to 24," and so on.
Siri on the iPhone 4S could well be the first step on the road to a voice-controlled future, although a voice-controlled TV would certainly change the dynamic of battling for control of the remote. Who can shout the loudest?
3. "Hewlett and Packard built a great company and they thought they had left it in good hands. But now it's being dismembered and destroyed"
It's easy to see HP as just one of the many tech behemoths that have grown out of California, but the reverence in which the company is held by those who grew up during the flourishing of Silicon Valley shows that the company deserves more respect than most.
Both Jobs and Steve Wozniak were inspired by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard and the legacy they created, and Wozniak still waxes lyrical about the HP ethos.
Indeed, Isaacson reveals that Wozniak phoned Hewlett to ask whether he could borrow some equipment for his own projects, and then felt compelled to offer HP his visionary circuit boards owing to a moral conviction that HP deserved first refusal after this help.
Both Steves were probably dismayed with the management issues that have hit HP in the past two years. Jobs was aware of the problems at the firm, and said that he hoped to leave "a stronger legacy so that will never happen at Apple".
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