updated 10:30 pm EDT, Tue October 18, 2005
Jobs on design
In a recent Time interview, Apple CEO Steve Jobs talks about how the product can go wrong. He uses the car industry as an example. "Here's what you find at a lot of companies," he says, "You know how you see a show car, and it's really cool, and then four years later you see the production car, and it sucks? And you go, What happened? They had it! They had it in the palm of their hands! They grabbed defeat from the jaws of victory! What happened was, the designers came up with this really great idea. Then they take it to the engineers, and the engineers go, 'Nah, we can't do that. That's impossible.' And so it gets a lot worse. Then they take it to the manufacturing people, and they go, 'We can't build that!' And it gets a lot worse."