Apple hid iPad from Google's Eric Schmidt?

Apple hid iPad from Google's Eric Schmidt?

Nilay Patel, formerly of Engadget writes on his personal blog that, according to Steven Levy's new book, The Plex, after believing Google copied the iPhone with Android, they hid iPad development from Google CEO and former Apple board member Eric Schmidt.

The acrimony was so deep, we’re told, that Jobs kept the iPad a secret from Eric Schmidt even though Schmidt was still on Apple’s board of directors while it was being developed. (Schmidt would later step down, of course.) It’s juicy stuff, and it nicely feeds right into the current iOS vs. Android narrative of the day.

Prior to the iPhone's introduction, Android more closely copied the BlackBerry or Windows Mobile Standard look and front-facing QWERTY feel but by the time it launched, post-iPhone, it was a full screen capacitive touch device. What's not clear is that Apple began work on iPad (reportedly as Safari Pad) prior to iPhone before deciding a smartphone was the better product to introduce first. If Eric Schmidt was in on iPhone, how could he have not been briefed on the Safari Pad/iPad that preceded it?

Patel also delves into the "murky" issues surrounding Google's strange journey towards multitouch support:

  • Did the first build of Android Steve Jobs saw actually have multitouch frameworks and pinch-to-zoom? The answer, according to Levy, is yes.1

  • What happened during the development of Android 2.0 and the original Droid that made Google think shipping multitouch frameworks was okay?

  • Similarly, what happened on or around February 2010 that made Google decide that shipping pinch-to-zoom in Android was okay? Did Andy Rubin suddenly decide that using a phone with two hands was cool, or was there a legal reason?

Interesting stuff to say the least. Maybe Steven Levy could write a sequel called "The *Droid"?

[Nilay Patel]

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Rene Ritchie

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Apple hid iPad from Google's Eric Schmidt?


Doesn't surprise me. I never liked Eric. Hopefully the new leadership will bring changes and maybe jobs won;t be so butt hurt over andorid surpassing iPhone (and it will kids if jobs doesn;t step up the iphone a notch)

Google copies, that's all they do these days...
They copied the iPhone, basically stole JAVA from Oracle and are in the process of copying the iPad. Oh yeah, don't even start me on privacy! They're nothing but a bunch of scumbags! I have no respect for Google anymore.

so based on your logic if someone did it first they should never be replicated? if thats so then all the iphone 5 will be a complete copy of multiple android devices if the rumors are correct. i mean a 4 inch screen and an 8 mp camera and dual core? by the time that thing comes out it will be catching up to as well as copying last years android.

Keeping the ipad a secret from Schmidt isn't a real surprise as it makes good business sense. At this point it's pretty obvious the initial love affair between Apple and Google is over. Now they're business competitors and I'm okay with that since they move each other forward.

and i am guessing that you, like 99% of iOS users, have never ever ever actually used any other system exceot iOS. I carry an iPhone as my personal phone and I have a moto xoom. 3.0 android is a much better system for tablet than ios. No comparison.

I've always been confused and amazed that companies would allow their boards to include members from competing companies. It's begging for insider info to be used.

This sounds like a bunch of silliness. As you said Rene, how can one not know about the iPad...say it was withheld because they felt he would steal the ideas...yet the iPhone was public knowledge to him?
If the iPad predates the iPhone, how the hell can they magically realize he'd steal the iPad idea, so they hide it. But not realize he'd steal the iPhone idea yet let him have knowledge of that?
This sounds like pure frenzy. Trying to get people riled up over false information.

I don't see how this is possible (that google copied iOS with Android) for two reasons:
1) Android was being developed by a private firm BEFORE iOS began development.
2) Google didn't

Sorry pressed publish by mistake. Rewrite:
I don't see how this is possible (that google copied iOS with Android) for two reasons:
1) Android was being developed by a private firm BEFORE iOS began development.
2) Google didn't develop Android. They purchased it.
So this seems like silliness to me.

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