Although many people applaud Jobs' accomplishments as a visionary with a knack for creating gadgets consumers felt compelled to buy, his personal side remains controversial to some. Jobs was frequently described as mercurial, and was known for being brusque with peers, family and friends alike.
"People are split" over who Steve Jobs was, the film's director, Danny Boyle, told CNBC. "Many people are totally devoted to him and can see no wrong in the way that he behaved and the way he built his work. And then there were others who thought there were too many sacrifices along the way."
Wozniak, one of Jobs' staunchest defenders, is on record applauding the movie's treatment of the iconic technology maker. Rogen told CNBC that Jobs and Wozniak "personally got along very well." However, he added, "in the movie it's much more tumultuous."
Sarah Snook, who plays Andrea Cunningham, a public relations executive hired to launch the first Macintosh, talked about Jobs' putting her character through a kind of "test" before becoming friends. "It turns out she passed with flying colors," Snook said.
Yet it's one particular relationship that Shapiro says is the "spine and heart" of the movie: the "complexities of his relationship with his daughter." The family theme, he says, separates the movie from Hollywood's previous attempts to capture Jobs and his legacy.
It's also what appears to be riling up at least a few critics.
"There are sons, daughters and widows who are incredibly upset," Ive is quoted as saying about the movie.
That said, others argue that controversy should not deter artists from making films about powerful figures who capture the public's imagination.
"It's crucial, actually, to make films about these people," Boyle said. "Documentaries. Novels. Biographies. There needs to be more written about them. We need to understand them as much as possible, because they come out of us and they express our visions and dreams and our fears."
That could explain in part Boyle's persistence in seeing the movie through, after the project changed hands from Sony to Universal. Boyle was forced to replace "Steve Jobs' " lead actor at least a couple of times before settling on Michael Fassbender, according to emails leaked by the Sony hack.
Still, others involved with the movie insisted that despite Jobs' larger-than-life presence, the Apple brand has become about more than just him.
"Yes, it's one person in the film," said Snook, "but it's also a company behind him that made it happen."