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Everything the Steve Jobs movie gets wrong (and right)

Let's get real about the founder of Apple.
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Steve Jobs movie: Not so accurate

He was a genius. A pioneer. And now, the subject of a movie that's been nominated for two Oscars, for actors Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet. But what does the Steve Jobs movie get right, and what does it get wrong?

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Wrong: The "Hello" 1984 computer glitch pre-presentation

At the start of the movie, Jobs yells at programmer Andy Hertzfeld about the computer not saying "hello," and then gives him 40 minutes to fix it. However, this incident never happened.

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Right: Hertzfeld using a prototype 512k model during the demo

That's because, among other things, the 128k model couldn't say (you guessed it) "Hello."

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Wrong: Joanna Hoffman not knowing the Mac was a closed system until launch

Joanna Hoffman and the rest of the Mac marketing team did know that Mac was a closed system ... far in advance of the announcement.

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Right: Joanna Hoffman winning an "award" for standing up to Jobs

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Wrong: Lisa Brennan winning over Jobs with MacPaint

In the film, Lisa Brennan-Jobs (the daughter Jobs refused to recognize for years) is brought by her mother to the launch of Mac. The girl then charms her father by using MacPaint (and getting paternity payments for her mother in the bargain). A lovely anecdote, but nonetheless, untrue.

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Right: The real Lisa Brennan-Jobs working with Sorkin

Although she never spoke to Walter Isaacson (who wrote the biography the movie is based on) she did talk with Sorkin while he wrote the screenplay and gave Sorkin insight into her father's mind and personality.

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Wrong: Singleton Steve imagining a reunion

When Jobs imagines working things out with adult Lisa in the film, it portrays him as single and without a family of his own. Motivation to want to connect with your only daughter, right? But in real life, by that time, Jobs was a family man with a wife and three other children.

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Wrong: Jobs telling Hoffman before the launch of NeXT's computer that Apple is suing him

While Apple did sue him, it happened in 1985, which was three years before the launch of the "black box" NeXT computer. Apple in fact withdrew the suit in 1986, two years before the 1988 launch.

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Also wrong: Jobs planning to use NeXT as revenge

The fictional Jobs also tells Hoffman that he plans to use NeXT to get back at Apple by making it so great, they'll buy it for a cool half million. In reality, Jobs had no idea NeXT would be the reason he would eventually come back to the Apple fold.

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Wrong: The iMac proving Apple's success

Simply put: The iMac was not the crowning glory of Apple's financial success.

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The real proof: the iPod

Instead, what made Apple a proven comeback kid was the 2000 runaway breakout success of the iPod.

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Wrong: Wozniak's portrayal as a whining dude who just wants credit

Wozniak did tell Bloomberg that most of the things he says and does in the movie didn't happen, including the scene where he and Jobs have a huge fight before the iMac launch.

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Right: Wozniak's mental state

He also told Bloomberg that, although he didn't exactly say the things his movie version does, the character does express "things [he] could never say" but wanted to.

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Wrong: The black turtleneck Jobs wears in the movie's third launch

At that launch, Jobs wore a jacket and a white shirt. He hadn't yet solidified his famous turtleneck fashion signature.

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Wrong: The confrontations before each launch

With each launch, the movie has Jobs meeting the same people: Chrisann Brennan, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, Andy Hertzfeld, Apple CEO John Sculley, and Steve Wozniak. In reality, many of these people weren't even around Jobs during the time period of these launches, and none of them necessarily confronted them like they do in the film.

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Wrong: Jobs' appearance

Let's face it: Star Michael Fassbender looks nothing like Steve Jobs whatsoever.

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Right: Fassbender's channeling of Jobs

Wozniak said after seeing a rough cut of the movie that Fassbender's acting made him feel as if he was "actually watching Steve Jobs."

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Right: Jobs' minimalistic living

The movie does get Jobs' minimalistic tendencies right, to the point he often didn't have a lot of furniture. In fact, his real-life widow Laurene once said she and her husband would spend "... a lot of time asking ourselves, 'What is the purpose of a sofa?'"

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Right and wrong: The movie's depiction of Jobs overall

Some, such as Wozniak, say the movie gets Jobs and his spirit completely right. Others who also knew him, like current Apple CEO Tim Cook and journalist Walt Mossberg, vehemently oppose this portrayal.

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