Was Steve Jobs a great big Ay-hole?

Since the recent passing of Steve Jobs due to cancer, there’s been a whole lot of  interesting facts unearthed in his memory, some of which depict him as, well… kind of an asshole.

Over at Digital Music News, some quotes were assembled from the recently-released biography from Simon & Schuster that were cherry-picked to cast El Steve in a not-so-flattering light. He’s described as a deadbeat dad, a megalomaniacal tightwad and even kind of sociopathic. Here’s a taste:

Apple’s famous designer, Jonathan Ive, was frustrated because Steve was constantly taking credit for his ideas.  It was a recurring problem, with incredibly talented executives complaining that Jobs took all the credit for Apple’s game-changing innovations.  “I pay maniacal attention to where an idea comes from, and I even keep notebooks filled with my ideas,” Ive said.  “So it hurts when he takes credit for one of my designs.”

Cold, for sure.

Most people who are reading this article on Macgasm (as well as the guy writing it) have never met Steve Jobs and didn’t know him. Biographies and the picture they draw — positive or negative — often fail to convey those details in the context of an entire life lived. Everyone knows Jobs wasn’t exactly the warmest, cuddliest guy around, but it’s not a bad idea to be as skeptical of those who want to demonize him as we are of those who want to deify him.

Source: Digital Music News

Corey has been been a tech journalist with a focus on Apple since 1998 and has written for The Loop, MacHome magazine, and as games contributor for The Mac Bible, and co-hosts the iGame Radio Podcast. He works as a… Full Bio