The mastermind behind the iPad, the iPhone and Apple's general rise to technological dominance, the late Steve Jobs is hailed in the industry as a visionary. That's not how his ex-girlfriend and mother of his first child Chrisann Brennan remembers him though, describing the former Apple CEO as being "positively despotic".
In a new tell-all book called The Bite in the Apple: A Memoir of My Life With Steve Jobs, Brennan (Jobs's girlfriend for five years from 1972) paints a picture of Jobs as a nymphomaniac fantasist, whole-heartedly believing he had been reincarnated from a former life as a fighter pilot.
"Steve often said that he had a strong sense of having had a past life as a World War II pilot," reads a passage from Brennan's book.
"He’d tell me how, when driving, he felt a strong impulse to pull the steering wheel back as if for takeoff."
Getting the car up wasn't the only thing Jobs had a desire to do -- Brennan details Jobs' sometimes insatiable sexual appetite:
"Steve and I shared nights of lovemaking so profound that, astonishingly, some fifteen years later, he called me out of the blue to thank me for them. He was married at the time of his call and all I could think of was, Whoa ... men ... are ... really ... different. Imagine if I had called him to say such a thing.
"[...] Our lovemaking had been sublime. At the time of Steve’s phone call, I found that as I listened I was as awed by the memory as by his strange need to risk an expression of such intimacy. After I hung up I stood still and thought, maybe Steve thinks that love has its own laws and imperative."
So, not exactly taking the same approach to Jobs's life story as Walter Isaacson's biography did then. Whatever you think about Jobs's technological achievements, Brennan would have you believe the Apple maestro was bit of a bastard when it came to personal matters. More than a bit in fact -- she makes Jobs sound like a right shit. Highlighting Brennan's wrinkles, Jobs's put-downs eventually took on a "whole new category of unkindness". When Brennan fell pregnant in 1977, Jobs outright denied the child could ever be his, cuttingly saying that "28 per cent of the male population in the United States could be the father". Ouch. He would eventually accept daughter Lisa as his own, paying her way through Harvard university.
It's a tempestuous take on the early successes of the influential Apple boss, and one that offers intimate insights (truthful or otherwise) into one of the most fascinating figures of modern business. Pick it up from October 29th (no word yet on if it's available from iBooks). [New York Post via The Register]