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.”
Of course, Apple didn’t cut the iPad from whole cloth (which probably would have been linen). It was built upon decades of ideas, tests, products and more ideas. Before we explore the iPad’s story, it’s appropriate to consider the tablets and the pen-driven devices that preceded it.
This week I’ll launch a new series of posts exploring the brief and incredible history of the iPad. Apple’s tablet is not even four years old (think about that), yet its dominance and influence is global and undeniable. The iPad’s history is so incredible, that I don’t want to wait until it’s 10 years old to explore its journey.
Tomorrow I’ll publish a prologue of sorts and offer a look at the history of tablet and pen computing. It’s going to be fun. Catch you tomorrow.