Thank you for the personal computer. Thank you for showing us how to listen to music. Thank you for telling us how a phone should be. Thank you for the iPad. Thank you for defining how animated movies should be made.
Thank you, again.
Last year a former Apple employee related his favorite Steve Jobs story to me. I have no way of knowing if it is true, so take it for what it’s worth. I think it nicely captures the man who changed the world four times over. When engineers working on the very first iPod completed the prototype, they presented their work to Steve Jobs for his approval. Jobs played with the device, scrutinized it, weighed it in his hands, and promptly rejected it. It was too big.
The engineers explained that they had to reinvent inventing to create the iPod, and that it was simply impossible to make it any smaller. Jobs was quiet for a moment. Finally he stood, walked over to an aquarium, and dropped the iPod in the tank. After it touched bottom, bubbles floated to the top.
“Those are air bubbles,” he snapped. “That means there’s space in there. Make it smaller.”
PS: I have already pre-ordered the soon due official biography, and I think you should go ahead and do the same. Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography by Walter Isaacson (Flipkart). I am sure it will be worth it.