Steve Jobs (Spiritually) Hated Power Switches

60 Minutes had a lengthy interview with Steve Jobs’ handpicked biographer Walter Isaacson (who has authored well received biographies of Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein). Video below and here’s an explanation for why your iPad or iPhone is a royal pain to turn off:

Walter Isaacson (Jobs’ biographer): I remember sitting in his backyard in his garden one day and he started talking about God. He said, “Sometimes I believe in God, sometimes I don’t. I think it’s 50–50 maybe. But ever since I’ve had cancer, I’ve been thinking about it more. And I find myself believing a bit more. I kind of — maybe it’s ’cause I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn’t just all disappear. The wisdom you’ve accumulated. Somehow it lives on. The he paused for a second and he said ‘yeah, but sometimes I think it’s just like an on-off switch. Click and you’re gone.’ He said — and paused again, and he said, “And that’s why I don’t like putting on-off switches on Apple devices.”

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7 Responses to Steve Jobs (Spiritually) Hated Power Switches

  1. Anarchy Pony October 24, 2011 at 8:32 pm #

    Right, that way we can’t ever get the fucking things to stop taking all of our attention and we can live in techno bubbles divorced from reality forever.

  2. Anti-Citizen1 October 25, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    Right, that way we can’t ever get the fucking things to stop taking all of our attention and we can live in techno bubbles divorced from reality forever.

  3. MoralDrift October 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm #

    Steve Jobs was God……..

    when it came to apple devices

  4. Anonymous October 25, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    Steve Jobs was God……..

    when it came to apple devices

  5. Anonymous October 25, 2011 at 12:49 am #

    Steve Jobs was God……..

    when it came to apple devices

  6. Anonymous October 26, 2011 at 12:29 am #

    Steve Jobs hates on/off power switches on electronic devices because it reminds him of death? That’s childish, weird and irrational. Go figure.

  7. tooCents October 25, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    Steve Jobs hates on/off power switches on electronic devices because it reminds him of death? That’s childish, weird and irrational. Go figure.

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