Rumor: Steve Jobs Confronts Eric Schmidt, iPhone Gifted to Mistress

Despite his influential position as the CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt seems to struggle with personal relationships, as detailed in a Valleywag article. The report delves into Schmidt’s experiences at the 2007 Burning Man festival.

According to the article, Schmidt did not immerse himself in the festival’s communal living but instead chose to commute from a comfortable hotel in Reno, Nevada. It was during one of these commutes that he received a pivotal call from Steve Jobs, then CEO of Apple.

This conversation reportedly set the stage for a significant rift between the two tech giants.

At that time, rumors about Google’s development of a “G-Phone” in collaboration with HTC were circulating. Jobs, feeling betrayed by the news, expressed his displeasure in no uncertain terms during the call. Schmidt later recounted to his companion, Kate Bohner, that Jobs was “extremely upset” and “angry.”

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Indeed, the tension was palpable.

The article further reveals that Schmidt was involved in an extramarital relationship with Bohner, to whom he had given a prototype of the iPhone. Initially, Schmidt had reservations about the iPhone’s touch keyboard and passed the device to his wife. Unimpressed, she returned it, and it eventually ended up with Bohner.


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