Australian online newspaper The Age has posted an insightful interview with Apple and Pixar CEO, Steve Jobs.

Jobs discusses Apple's place in the industry, its future and Mac OS X. The interview was conducted in Tokyo. The Age calls Jobs an "icon" and "high priest" of the information age.

Jobs also discusses global poverty, and is sharply critical of the phrase "digital divide", calling it a smokescreen designed to direct attention away from the reality of the gap between rich and poor nations. Poverty is a real problem that "must be solved", says Jobs.

Jobs discusses the role of the Macintosh as a "digital hub". He reinforces the message that Apple remains the only company in the world involved in creating both hardware and software, and adds it's dedicated to taking technology to the cutting edge.

In praise of Apple's staff, Jobs says: "They are craftspeople, who love what they do."