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.
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.
Steve describes “digital music on computers” to “those not participating in [it].” He then explains what it means to “rip a CD.”
Steve talks about burning CDs. “Everyone is doing it.”
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.”
“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 Modine. CLOSING 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.
While considering the iPhone 5, the new iPods and the EarPods, I have to wonder if these are the last Apple products that Steve worked on or supervised. It’s a sad thought, and makes me especially anxious for what’s next.
“’The reason we [won’t] make a 7-inch tablet isn’t because we don’t want to hit [a lower] price point,’ Jobs said. ‘It’s because we think the screen is too small to express the software. As a software driven company, we think about the software strategies first.'”
I usually ignore rumor threads, but this one is strangely compelling.