(CBS SF) — There was no Apple a day for the kids in the Jobs household, according to a New York Times article.
Steve Jobs, the creator of the iPhone, iPad and Mac computer, told technology reporter Nick Bilton in late 2010 that he strictly limited his children’s screen time.
“So, your kids must love the iPad?” Bilton asked Jobs as the company’s first tablet was just hitting the shelves. Jobs responded that they hadn’t used them, adding, “We limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
After Jobs died from pancreatic cancer in October 2011, Bilton asked Walter Isaacson, the author of “Steve Jobs,” what his kids did instead.
“Every evening Steve made a point of having dinner at the big long table in their kitchen, discussing books and history and a variety of things,” Isaacson said. “No one ever pulled out an iPad or computer. The kids did not seem addicted at all to devices.”
This narrative seems to ring true in other parts of Jobs’ life, like his music preferences.
At a media conference in Southern California in 2012, Neil Young said, “Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music. His legacy is tremendous. But when he went home, he listened to vinyl.”
Young said he had spoken to Jobs about creating a format that allowed the music to stay truer to its original form instead of being compressed.
“If [Jobs] had lived long enough he would eventually” have come up with such a device, Young said.