updated 09:40 am EDT, Tue October 4, 2011
Tablet came straight from Jobs
US President Barack Obama received early access to the iPad, an ABC interview reveals. Obama is well known for carrying an iPad around with him, but the circumstances around how he got it have usually gone unmentioned. "[Former Apple CEO] Steve Jobs actually gave it to me, a little bit early. Yeah, it was cool. I got it directly from him," he admits in the interview.
Obama last publicly met Jobs in February, when the two attended a special dinner with other tech industry magnates including Google's Eric Schmidt and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. Also present was another representative from Apple, board member Arthur Levinson, likely there because of his normal job as the chairman of Genentech. Whether Jobs gave Obama an iPad 2 at the time is unknown, although the tablet's official launch would've been less than a month away.