Steve Jobs’ belief in afterlife behind no ‘on/off switch’ on Apple devices: Biographer

Washington: Late Apple Inc. chief executive Steve Jobs’ hope that there might be an afterlife led him to avoid putting simple “on/off” switches on the company’s devices, his biographer Walter Isaacson has disclosed.

Jobs said that despite being only “50/50” about the existence of God, he found himself “believing a bit more” in life after death after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

“I want to believe in an afterlife. That when you die, it doesn’t just all disappear. The wisdom you’ve accumulated. Somehow it lives on,” Jobs had told Walter Isaacson.

“But sometimes I think it’s just like an on-off switch. Click and you’re gone. And that’s why I don’t like putting on-off switches on Apple devices,” he had added.

Many Apple products, such as the iPhone and the MacBook, were designed to be put on standby or “to sleep” when not in use, some feature a pulsating light to signal that they can quickly be revived.


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