Steve Jobs was one of the featured guests at the Wall Street Journal’s annual D: All Things Digital conference. Yesterday he talked with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher about a variety of topics including: Flash, how the tablet concept started, and information about the iPad’s success.
Did you know Apple first started with the tablet concept for the iPad, before the iPhone? Yes, that’s right. Check out the following dialogue where Steve Jobs explains the origin if the iPad:
“I had this idea about a multitouch glass display you could type on with your fingers,” Jobs said. “I asked our people about it and six months later they came back with this amazing display. So I gave it to one of our really brilliant UI guys. He got scrolling working and some other things, and I thought, ‘my God, we can build a phone with this.’ So we put the tablet aside and we went to work on the iPhone.”
If memory serves correctly, Apple mentioned they worked for years in secret creating the iPhone, which was launched in 2007. It’s pretty incredible that they had designed a multitouch tablet interface years prior to that. Looking back now, the decision to go with the iPhone first was the right decision. The iPad compliments people who need a “third” device away from their smartphones and laptops.
Check out the following video where Steve really emphasizes that consumers have spoken with their wallets regarding the iPad (it’s near the very end of the video):
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