Monday, July 18, 2011

Steve Jobs Keynote

I was watching Steve Job's keynote speech at Macworld in 2007 yesterday researching for the book. This was the public unveiling of the iPhone. It was really interesting to compare what he said then with what happened with regard to the iPhone and to listen to the audiences' amazed reaction to demos of things like scrolling and the pinch and zoom control on the iPhone. At one point Jobs quotes Alan Kay, who used to work at Xerox Parc and was responsible (with others) for the development of the original GUI that was the inspiration for the Macintosh, Kay said “People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.” It seems like Jobs certainly took that advice to heart. I recommend watching this keynote if you've got a spare hour or so. You can find it in the iTunes store (free), search for "Apple keynote" and I expect it's on YouTube.