Well last night, my suspicions were confirmed. Ever since I got my iPad, I always said “Wow, I can never look at my iPhone the same way again, this is how the iPhone OS was always meant to be. Well, seems like I was absolutely correct. Steve Jobs confirmed it last night.
As you know, the All Things D. D8 conference had a very special guest, Steve Jobs. Well, he even shared a secret with everyone…
Apparently, the iPhone and iPad projects have been alive and well since 2000 (and maybe even 1999). Steve Jobs had his engineers create his dream tablet. When they were finished, he looked at it and said “‘My God we can build a phone out of this”. So then he gave the tablet to some of his UI engineers and they worked on “inertial scrolling and other cool things”.
Here’s his exact words: “I had this idea about having a glass display, a multitouch display you could type on. I asked our people about it. And six months later they came back with this amazing display. 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.”
Another small piece of information, my sources say that the iPad (was born in late 1999) as well as that it was codenamed “Safari Pad”. Also, that it was scraped many many times due to battery issues. They had to find a way to get some kickass battery. (So all of those times people talked about a tablet coming that year, they were correct)
Well, I always knew. The iPad just feels right. Having the pleasure to own an iPhone and an iPad, I honestly can’t look at my iPhone the same (I thought this long before Steve Jobs confirmed it). People have even called me crazy for thinking such a thing, well, who’s laughing now. 🙂
Also, for all of you haters out there, stop saying that the iPad is a big iPhone or a big iPod touch, it’s not. The iPhone and iPod touch are just a scaled down iPad. Served.