Michael Fassbender is Steve Jobs in the new movie. The movie is based on Walter Isaacson’s in-depth Jobs biography and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s meetings with key figures in Jobs’ life. Despite depicting many real people and events, the movie plays fast and loose with the details.
Warning: Spoilers throughout!
What were the three product launches shown in the movie?
The first was that of the original Macintosh personal computer.
The second was that of the NeXT Computer,
The third was the iMac G3’s launch
Who were the people Jobs kept meeting?
Joanna Hoffman (played by Kate Winslet) was a marketing executive who joined Apple in 1980 and later followed Jobs to NeXT. Hoffman encouraged Jobs to be a better father, according to Isaacson’s book, because she didn’t know her own father until she was ten.
Were the same people really at every launch?
No. As Sorkin said, “Steve Jobs did not as far as I know have confrontations with the same six people 40 minutes before every product launch. That is plainly a writer’s conceit.”
Was Jobs really going to be Time’s Man of the Year?
No. The movie gets this anecdote right, though it fudges the date from 1982 to 1984. Jobs mistakenly thought he was to be named Time’s Man of the Year, in the same issue that featured the offending article mentioned above. He actually cried when he saw that the computer was given the accolade
Was there really an award at Apple for standing up to Jobs?
There was. Joanna Hoffman won it in 1981 and 1982. Once, when Jobs was making a scene over a vegan meal in a restaurant, she threatened to pour her coffee in his lap if he didn’t belt up.