Steve Jobs was known for his perfectionism, insistence on innovation, megalomania and making workers' lives miserable. Now that he's gone, Apple's quality control has continued to slide. But Jobs' final project, a new corporate headquarters, may be his most demanding tantrum of all.
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This Wednesday, President-elect Donald Trump will meet with — or "summon", as it were — leaders from across the tech industry for a round-table chat. On paper, this appears to be a very sensible meeting. Silicon Valley nurtured a deliciously cosy relationship with the Obama administration, and it stands to reason that it will try that route with the Trump regime.
A bunch of old shit that used to belong to Steve Jobs is going up for auction later this month.
It's 2016, and Apple's mysterious, oft-buzzed about car project is still tucked away under the "ideas that may or may not happen in this lifetime" section of the company's filing cabinet. Despite a powerful rumour mill — former Apple board member Mickey Drexler once claimed it was Steve Jobs' "dream" to make an iCar, and reports have repeatedly materialised over the years that Apple was in various stages of building its own vehicle — we're still waiting, and the will-they-or-won't-they nature of the project has us asking if we'll ever see the vehicular version of Big Foot.
It's been 40 years since Apple was founded, and by now, the story is a Silicon Valley legend: Two friends, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, built a multi-billion dollar empire right out of their parent's garage. But what most people don't know was that there was actually a third person critical to Apple's origin.