Apple’s iPhone was born not out of a desire to transform the world — but to stick it to a Microsoft executive Steve Jobs hated.
That news according to former Apple iOS Chief Scott Forstall, who said at the Computer History Museum in California last week that the company had been working on a tablet project, and this executive that Jobs hated at Microsoft talked so much about tablets and styluses that Jobs set out to beat him.
After hearing for the upteenth time that Microsoft was going to change the world with its tablet PC software and stylus, Steve Jobs lost patience and decided Apple should develop its own product, according to a report.
During the development of the iPad, smartphones were starting to eat away at the iPod’s dominance, so it shifted focus to what would eventually become the iPhone.
“We went back to the design team, and they took it and they carved out a corner of it,” said former Chief Scott Forstall according to the report. “Steve saw it and said ‘put the tablet on hold; let’s build a phone.’ And that’s what we did.”
Since then, the iPhone has become a huge success for Apple, with the iPhone 8 slated to come out this fall. While Apple was technologically advanced with the first iPhone, the iPhone 8 is expected to have a lot of advances when it launches.
Earlier this year, MacRumors, citing a newly released report from KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, reported the iPhone 8 may have new biometric identification technology and a design that better supports a flexible OLED display.
“Apple may switch to a film sensor from the current FPCB sensor in order to provide better 3D Touch user experience, as a film sensor offers higher sensitivity. Also, we expect the new OLED iPhone will come with a flexible OLED panel. To avoid deforming the form factor of the flexible OLED panel from touch operation pressure, a metal structural part will be placed under the film sensor to provide more robust structural support,” the report said at the time.