All of us in the tech industry know how Steve Jobs felt about Android. The former CEO of the Cuptertino tech giant, Apple, was ready to do absolutely anything to burn Google’s mobile operating system down. But that did not happen to some extent. In this effort, he even sued as many Android smart phone manufacturers as he can to protect his mobile operating system, the iOS. His intentions became very clear after his biography, ‘Steve Jobs’, was released, which has been written by Walter Isaacson.
Steve Jobs has made some very strong comments on the Android operating system and the companies which use them in his book, and that is not at all good for the company if brought up in the court by the opposition, which is now Motorola, the soon to become part of the Google empire. So, Apple is of course worried about this. In an effort to reduce the impact of this in it winning the case, the company has requested Motorola not to quote Steve Jobs’ words in the court in the upcoming lawsuit set to take place in Northern Illinois starting June 11.. But the question is, will Motorola agree to this? If I were Motorola, I definitely would not.
Said quotes included the following:
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong.”
“I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
And though Judge Richard Posner gave no reason for his decision while setting the ground rules last Thursday, the reason was made very clear just a few days later.
“More broadly, I forbid Apple to insinuate to the jury that this case is a popularity contest and jurors should be predisposed to render a verdict for Apple if they like Apple products or the Apple company or admire Steve Jobs, or if they dislike Motorola or Google.”
The iOS vs Android case has involved the opinions of a lot of people. Everyone in the tech industry has an opinion on this, and probably the judges handling the case as well. The judge has ordered the juniors to get a clear perception of the case. But it would be very wrong if each junior has his/her own side of the case. Biasing would result to the worst. Let’s see what happens.