Steve Jobs: In the end, he didn't like the off switch

Summary:On 60 Minutes, Walter Isaacson recalled Jobs' and the worry that his knowledge would just switch off.

Steve Jobs toward the end of his life was hoping that the wisdom he acquired would somehow live on. Jobs didn't like the off switch on Apple products and certainly didn't like them when it came to his time here.

The 60 Minutes interview with Jobs' biographer Walter Isaacson didn't reveal much we didn't already know. The interview covers Jobs' lack of a relationship with his biological father, his flaws and the decision to put off cancer surgery. Isaacson's biography, published by Simon & Schuster, a CBS company, of Jobs lands in a few hours.

At the end of the interview, it was clear Jobs' last days were consumed by Apple product plans, the afterlife, family and reflection. Isaacson recalled Jobs' and the worry that his knowledge would just switch off. He said:

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, but sometimes I think it's just like an on-off switch. Click and you're gone." He said-- paused again, and he said, "And that's why I don't like putting on-off switches on Apple devices."

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Topics: Apple

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