Steve Jobs’ announcement yesterday evening that he is resigning from his position of CEO at Apple sent shockwaves through the smartphone community. Though he will stay on a Apple as Chairman of the Board, we’re all curious to see how that new role will affect his ability to shape the face of the company’s future products. It’s too early to make many predictions in that regard, but it does give us the opportunity to look back and see just how involved Jobs was in making the iPhone what it is today. Google’s Vic Gundotra just shared an anecdote about an interaction he had with Jobs a few years back that shows just how intensely detail-focused the man presided over the iPhone.
As Gundotra tells it, he got a direct call from Jobs one Sunday morning, concerning what Jobs dubbed an “urgent issue” that needed immediate attention. Was there some flaw with a Google app on the iPhone? A data leak potentially affecting millions of users?
“I’ve been looking at the Google logo on the iPhone and I’m not happy with the icon. The second O in Google doesn’t have the right yellow gradient.”
A matter so arguably trivial as a few pixels being the wrong shade nonetheless drove Jobs to get on the offensive and put together the people he knew could fix the issue, all at a time when most of us would be sleeping-in or relaxing with family.
Apple may be in good hands with Tim Cook, but we’re guessing there won’t ever really be a replacement for Jobs and his remarkable passion for Apple.