Steve Jobs gets in spat with Valleywag

Apple Messiah Steve Jobs got mightily miffed when Valleywag dared to question the iPad’s revolutionary credentials.

Jobs is a bit of Bob Dylan fan and was incandescent with rage and let fly with an email that was a little longer than his normal two words “sent from his iPad”.

It all started when Ryan Tate wrote “If [Bob] Dylan was 20 today, how would he feel about your company? Would he think the iPad had the faintest thing to do with ‘revolution’? Revolutions are about freedom.”

Jobs wrote back: “Yep, freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn. Yep, freedom. The times they are a changin’, and some traditional PC folks feel like their world is slipping away. It is.”

However, that vision is of course a “walled garden”, in which much of the content is delivered only after being vetted by Apple. It is an Apple paradise.

Apple has been purging sex-themed apps for the iPhone from its App Store based around a “no nipple” policy.

The emails went to and fro

The last Jobs email, sent at 2.20am on Saturday, concluded with a defence of Apple’s policies.

“As for us, we’re just doing what we can to try and make (and preserve) the user experience we envision. You can disagree with us, but our motives are pure,” Jobs wrote.

Then he slagged off Tate saying: “By the way, what have you done that’s so great? Do you create anything, or just criticise others’ work and belittle their motivations?”

Oh dear. In other words: “I am the great creator, you have to do my will because you are nothing.”

We wonder what they stuck into that new liver he got, but he has been a little more narky lately.   But Valleywag does have a point.  At no point in the past would a revolutionary Bob Dylan ever wanted a ban on porn and locked in gizmos.