Steve Jobs reportedly worked on upcoming iPhone models (Updated)

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Speaking with San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon, Apple’s government liaison Michael Foulkes suggested that Steve Jobs influenced the design of the next two iPhone models, according to The San Francisco Examiner. Specifically, Foulkes said those designs “precede Tim Cook.”

Apple’s design process typically takes several years on major products like the iPhone, and I suppose it could be true that Jobs had influence over the iPhone 5’s successors. However, a lot of subsequent development has happened since Jobs passed, and I can only assume that the final product will differ from the concepts and ideas that Jobs saw. It’s really not fair to call the next iteration of the iPhone a Steve Jobs design, as attractive as that might be.

When the iPhone 5, the current generation iPods and the EarPods were released, I wondered if they were the last products whose design and function Steve had influenced in a significant way. I can’t say for sure, of course, but I still suspect they are.

Update:I could be wrong.

Kutcher’s ‘jOBS’ biopic hits theaters April 19 – video

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Jobs implores Woz to share his operating system

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ashton Kutcher’s “jOBS” movie will hit theaters on April 19, following the film’s world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25th. The movie will follow Steve’s career from 1971 to 2000.

Entertainment Weekly has posted a brief clip of Kutcher as Jobs and Josh Gad as Woz. In the scene, Jobs reacts to an operating system that Woz has created while the duo walks through the parking lot of Hewlett Packard.

iTunes was released 12 years ago today

Steve Jobs introduced iTunes 1.0 at Macworld Expo in San Francisco on January 9, 2001. Here’s a video of the keynote presentation. There’s so much that’s interesting about this:

  1. Look at the devices on the screen behind Steve as the video begins. A Rio Mp3 player (I had one of those), a portable CD player, digital camera and a video camera, a Palm device, a Power Mac G4 and whatever that is on the bottom (DVD player?). Four of those items don’t exist anymore, largely because of what Steve’s about to announce.
  2. Steve describes “digital music on computers” to “those not participating in [it].” He then explains what it means to “rip a CD.”
  3. Steve talks about burning CDs. “Everyone is doing it.”
  4. The iPod, still several months away at that point, is conspicuous in its absence. Today, iTunes and Apple’s mobile devices are inextricable.

Lastly, in reference to the digital music revolution as a whole, Steve says, “We’re late to this party but we’re about to do a leapfrog.”

Understatement of the decade.

Ashton Kutcher jOBS biopic gets April release date

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jOBS,” the Steve Jobs biopic staring Ashton Kutcher as Apple’s late CEO, will hit theaters in April. The Wall Street Journal notes:

“The new film, ‘jOBS,’ starring Ashton Kutcher as the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, will be released in April, Open Road Films and Five Star Feature films announced Thursday.”

I’m eager to see this movie. Equally compelling is that fact that another Jobs biopic is in production. It should be fun to compare and contrast the two.

Several photos of Kutcher dressed as Jobs have emerged, and you can’t deny the resemblance. Here are a few I found this evening.

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Kutcher (left) with Josh Gad (right) as Woz
Kutcher (left) with Josh Gad (right) as Woz

I’m glad Steve’s sweater vest phase didn’t last long. jOBS also stars Matthew Modine as Apple CEO John Scully, Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak, Ahna O’Reilly as Chris-Ann Brennan, ex-girlfriend and mother to Jobs’ daughter Lisa, and J.K. Simmons as Venture capitalist Arthur Rock. The movie will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month.

Kutcher’s “jOBS” movie to close Sundance in January

Sundance Film Festival:

 “jOBS / U.S.A. (Director: Joshua Michael Stern, Screenwriter: Matt Whiteley) — The true story of one of the greatest entrepreneurs in American history, jOBSchronicles the defining 30 years of Steve Jobs’ life. jOBS is a candid, inspiring and personal portrait of the one who saw things differently. Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, Matthew ModineCLOSING NIGHT FILM”

I’m so eager to see this movie. Equally compelling is that fact that another Jobs biopic is in production. It will be interesting to see the similarities, differences and critical reaction to each.

Ashton Kutcher looks at lot like Steve Jobs in this promo photo.

[Via  The Verge]