John Sculley, famous for his tempestuous relationship with Steve Jobs during the era of the first Macintosh, was at CES this year, and the BBC got a chance to sit down and talk to him. While most of the discussion focused on his relationship with Steve Jobs, there were a few other interesting tidbit slike his thoughts on the rumored iTV:
[quote]I think that Apple has revolutionised every other consumer industry, why not television? I think that televisions are unnecessarily complex. The irony is that as the pictures get better and the choice of content gets broader, that the complexity of the experience of using the television gets more and more complicated. So it seems exactly the sort of problem that if anyone is going to change the experience of what the first principles are, it is going to be Apple.[/quote]
While unapologetically admitting the Newton was a commercial failure, he stood by the concept of it. Sculley says that like the failed Macintosh Office for Jobs, the Newton was just ahead of its time. He also took a moment to point out that the Newton led Apple to co-found ARM, the processors that run damn-near every mobile device available today. All in all, the Newton wasn’t exactly a failure.
While Sculley hasn’t read the Steve Jobs Bio, he does say that he is pleased with what he has heard from others. Specifically, he was pleased to hear that Isaacson accurately represented the events surrounding Steve Jobs’s ouster from Apple. Sculley doesn’t seem bitter or regretful in the least about his time at Apple, and has happily stayed in related fields since his own ouster in 1993.