updated 11:55 pm EDT, Tue June 1, 2010
Tablet put aside to develop handset
Steve Jobs' comments at the D8 conference provided additional insight regarding the initial development behind the iPad and iPhone. "I'll tell you a secret," the executive said, before claiming that his concepts surrounding a tablet interface actually served as the inspiration behind the iPhone.
"I had this idea about having a glass display, a multi-touch display you could type on. I asked our people about it. And six months later they came back with this amazing display," Jobs said. "And I gave it to one of our really brilliant UI guys. He then got inertial scrolling working and some other things, and I thought, 'my God, we can build a phone with this,' and we put the tablet aside, and we went to work on the phone."
The CEO also admitted that Microsoft's approach to tablets helped inspire Apple to take off in a different direction. Apple wanted to avoid the pitfalls of building a tablet from a PC.
"[Microsoft's] tablet was based on a PC. It had the battery life, the weight; it needed a cursor like a PC," Jobs claims. "But the minute you throw a stylus out, you have the precision of a finger, you can't use a PC OS. You have to create it from scratch."
Speaking in broad terms regarding his daily life at Apple, Jobs suggests his company is the "biggest startup on the planet" and teams get to work in the "best sandbox I've ever seen."
"Nothing makes my day more than getting a random e-mail from someone talking about how cool the iPad is," Jobs said. "That's what keeps me going."