The magazine has re-released the piece it published in early 1985, just before Jobs was fired
Relations between Steve Jobs and John Sculley were already deteriorating when Jobs, then 29, sat down for a long interview with Playboy. The story was published in the magazine’s February issue. Three months later, Sculley relieved Apple’s co-founder of his duties as head of the Mac division.
Jobs puts on a brave face, but you get a feeling toward the end of the interview that he sensed his days at Apple (AAPL) might be numbered.
You can read the rest of the interview here. Its preceded by a long preamble that describes Apple as a “giant firm with 1.4 billion dollars in revenues in 1984.” Apple’s revenues in 2010 topped $65 billion.
Below: Jobs explains how a computer works in terms a 1985-era Playboy reader can understand.
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