The most visible decision he made was to kill, once and for all, the Newton,
the personal digital assistant with the almost-good handwriting-recognition system.
Jobs hated it because it was Sculley's pet project,
because it didn't work perfectly, and because he had an aversion to stylus devices.
He had tried to get Amelio to kill it early in 1997 and succeeded only in convincing him to try to spin off the division.
By late 1997, when Jobs did his product reviews, it was still around.
He later described his thinking: If Apple had been in a less precarious situation,
I would have drilled down myself to figure out how to make it work.
I didn't trust the people running it.
My gut was that there was some really good technology, but it was fucked up by mismanagement.
By shutting it down, I freed up some good engineers who could work on new mobile devices.
And eventually we got it right when we moved on to iPhones and the iPad.