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Behind the iPhone Event

Fred Vogelstein, for the The New York Times, takes us behind the scenes of MacWorld 2007: the iPhone keynote:

Many executives and engineers, riding high from their success with the iPod, assumed a phone would be like building a small Macintosh. Instead, Apple designed and built not one but three different early versions of the iPhone in 2005 and 2006. One person who worked on the project thinks Apple then made six fully working prototypes of the device it ultimately sold — each with its own set of hardware, software and design tweaks. Some on the team ended up so burned out that they left the company shortly after the first phone hit store shelves. “It was like the first moon mission,” says Tony Fadell, a key executive on the project. (He started his own company, Nest, in 2010.) “I’m used to a certain level of unknowns in a project, but there were so many new things here that it was just staggering.”

“All the work I’ve done in my life will be obsolete by the time I’m fifty.”

— Steve Jobs, fifteen years ago, on legacy.

Steve Jobs Introduces Aqua

Obviously this is a few years old. However, now that iOS 7 has had a little time to sink in, I think it is a good time for people to revisit (or in many cases visit) this bit of Apple history.

I tried to make the link skip you ahead to an hour and thirteen minutes into the video, but knowing YouTube that probably didn’t work.

Apple’s Golden State

MG Siegler:

What we saw yesterday was Apple saying goodbye to Steve Jobs in the way that he wanted — by not doing what he would have done, but by doing what they collectively thought was right. Cook is not Jobs. He is not going to rule over Apple with the same iron fist. He’s going to delegate. He’s going to allow his team to flourish.

The Next Steve Jobs Is… Kanye West

Kanye West:

I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it’s like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z.


How Steve Jobs Negotiated

Justin Sullivan for Quartz:

With Murdoch indicating that HarperCollins was willing to compromise, Jobs pressed harder. “As I see it, HC has the following choices,” he wrote in a reply to Murdoch the following morning, Sunday, January 24. Jobs outlined three stark choices. Accept our terms, he was saying, or good luck with Amazon. “Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t see any other alternatives,” Jobs wrote, almost daring Murdoch to spurn Apple. “Do you?”

I don’t want to quote anymore than that, because you really need to read all of it.

Verizon CEO Claims It Was He Who Convinced Steve Jobs to Add LTE to the iPhone 5

Sue Marek for FierceWireless:

[Verizon CEO Lowell] McAdam was trying to convince Jobs to make the iPhone 5 compatible with LTE. “I was really trying to sell him and he sat there without any reaction. Finally, he said, ‘Enough. You had me at 10 Mbps. I know you can stream video at 10 Mbps.’ And Apple’s next phone was LTE,” McAdam said.

No he didn’t.

LTE was added to the iPhone 5 because it made the phone dramatically without sacrificing form factor or battery performance. Apple couldn’t do that in 2010 or 2011, so it didn’t happen until 2012. There’s no other reason.


David Gelphman, of Apple, on the only correspondence he ever had with Steve.

Steve’s Final Projects

Patrick Rhone:

We also know that Steve Jobs took a very active role in all new new product ideas, improvements, and development when he was alive. Given the above pipeline information, one can therefore guess that he had at least some active role in the products we have seen released from Apple in the past year and a half since his passing. The iPhone 5, the iPad mini, and all of the rest likely had some input by Steve himself. We can also make a reasonable guess that the same is true for the products released over the next year or so. Perhaps to a lesser degree, due to the timelines involved, but some touch of Steve all the same.

Therefore, one can also reasonably assume that the products we will begin to see coming from Apple after about this time next year or so will have had less of Steve’s involvement, if not none at all.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot. The products that come out this year and next will be the one’s Steve had little-to-no involvement with. That’s both scary and exciting.

But mostly scary.

Remembering Steve

Tim Cook:

One of the greatest gifts Steve gave to the world is Apple. No company has ever inspired such creativity or set such high standards for itself. Our values originated from Steve and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple. We share the great privilege and responsibility of carrying his legacy into the future.

11 Peculiar Meetings Between Famous People

John Lennon, after meeting Elvis Presley:

It was like meeting Englebert Humperdinck.

There’s one about Steve Jobs, but I won’t ruin it for you.

The Ultimate Steve Jobs Video Collection

Dozens of videos of Steve Jobs. From way back in the NeXT days up until 2011. This and the Facebook timeline make good companions to Isaacson’s book.

Eddy Cue Accepts Grammy Award on Behalf of Steve Jobs

Eddy Cue:

On behalf of Steve’s wife, Laurene, his children, and everyone at Apple, I’d like to thank you for honoring Steve with the Trustees Grammy Award. Steve was a visionary, a mentor, and a very close friend. I had the incredible honor of working with him for the last fifteen years.

Accepting this award means so much to me because music meant so much to him. He told us that music shaped his life…it made him who he was. Everyone that knows Steve knows the profound impact that artists like Bob Dylan and The Beatles had on him.
Steve was focused on bringing music to everyone in innovative ways. We talked about it every single day. When he introduced the iPod in 2001, people asked “Why is Apple making a music player?” His answer was simple: “We love music, and it’s always good to do something you love.

His family and I know that this Grammy would have been very special to him, so I thank you for honoring him today.