If Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography didn’t live up to your expectations, then there is another biography incoming titled, Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution Of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary World. The forthcoming book promises quite a few bombshells, and some excerpts are already living up to it.
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FastCompany points to an excerpt that talks about how current Apple CEO Tim Cook once offered a portion of his liver to a dying Steve Jobs. Jobs was suffering from a condition called ascites, a gastroenterological side effect of cancer, and was in a desperate need of a liver transplant. He found a willing donor in Cook, but Jobs refused point blank. Also Read - Xiaomi India could soon start a repair program similar to Apple's Self Service Repair program
“Somebody that’s selfish,” Cook continues, “doesn’t reply like that. I mean, here’s a guy, he’s dying, he’s very close to death because of his liver issue, and here’s someone healthy offering a way out. I said, ‘Steve, I’m perfectly healthy, I’ve been checked out. Here’s the medical report. I can do this and I’m not putting myself at risk, I’ll be fine.’ And he doesn’t think about it. It was not, ‘Are you sure you want to do this?’ It was not, ‘I’ll think about it.’ It was not, ‘Oh, the condition I’m in . . .’ It was, ‘No, I’m not doing that!’ He kind of popped up in bed and said that. And this was during a time when things were just terrible. Steve only yelled at me four or five times during the 13 years I knew him, and this was one of them.” Also Read - Apple starts sending alerts to users impacted by Pegasus spyware
Jobs would eventually receive a full on liver transplant in 2009. If this wasn’t proof enough of the kind of bond Cook and Jobs shared, the book also talks about how the latter’s office has stayed untouched to this day.
Steve Jobs’s office remains Steve Jobs’s office. After his death in 2011, Tim Cook, his friend and successor as Apple chief executive officer, decided to leave the sparsely decorated room on the fourth floor of 1 Infinite Loop untouched. It’s not a shrine or place of mourning, but just a space that Cook sensed no one could or should ever fill. “It felt right to leave it as it is,” he says. “That’s Steve’s office.