You’d think a product as popular and wide-ranging as Apple’s iPhone might have come out of intuitive perception or high-minded insights. Wrong!
The iPhone’s co-inventor, Scott Forstall says,
The roots of the Apple’s smart-phone project go back to founder Steve Jobs’ disdain for Microsoft and a grating social interaction with a particular employee of the software giant.
Forstall further added,
Steve hated this guy at Microsoft. At an event at the computer history museum while celebrating the 10th anniversary of the release of the first I phone. Anytime he had any kind of social interaction with that guy he would come back pissed off.
“First thing is, they are idiots,” said Jobs as stated in Business Insider. Jobs wasn’t referring to Bill Gates, his sometime friend, and long-time rival, who founded Microsoft. This reference was made to the unnamed Microsoft employee, the spouse of a friend of Laurene Powell Jobs, Steve’s wife, Forstall said.
A Microsoft employee informed Jobs that Microsoft had solved computing with its tablet PCs. This tablet had a special version of Microsoft Windows software which was smaller and lighter than laptops and included touch displays. Jobs felt offended by the employee’s comment and was more irritated when he added that these tablets would only work with a stylus.
When Steve returned to the office, he took an oath to surpass Microsoft, developing a touchscreen device which would not rely on a stylus but only fingers.
“First thing is, they’re idiots. You don’t use a stylus,” Jobs said, according to Forstall. Since people lose them, and they’re counter-intuitive anyway, Jobs said,
Let’s not use a stylus. We’re going to use the best pointing device in the world. We’re going to use a pointing device that we’re all born with – born with ten of them. We’re going to use our fingers.
Finally, the development of building a Tablet began. Apple assigned Scott Forstall to lead the software engineering for the project. And that is how the iPhone came to be!