Steve Jobs’ distribution of iPod and iPhone

Tony Fadell, also known as “Father of the iPod,” was published by Build this week, which tells the story of his 30-year career in the Silicon Valley industry. In an interview with CNBC’s Jon Fortt, Fadell reveals more about the early stages of iPod and iPhone development, and the controversial decisions made by Steve Jobs. Fadell was hired by Apple in 2001 to help the company develop its music system, which includes, of course, the iPod. Before the iPod, there were many MP3 players who were very famous, as mentioned in the interview. None of them, however, make sense for people who “just want to play MP3s.”

The idea inside Apple was to bring that experience of MP3 players to the masses. Then, in the words of the engineer, “everyone loves music, the audience is everywhere.” However, unlike its competitors, the iPod is easy to use, with good battery life, fast data synchronization, and support for 1,000 tracks. According to Fadell, this is one of the reasons why Apple used FireWire instead of USB. While the original USB standard was very slow with speeds of up to 12 Mbps, FireWire was already able to move over 100 Mbps at that time. However, there is something else behind this decision.

As some of you may have already known, the first two generations of iPod were not compatible with Windows PCs. In order to transfer music to iPod, the user needs a Mac – and that was Steve Jobs’ decision. From day one, I said “We have to make sure it works with Windows.” And he [Steve] “On my corpse, no.” Services believe the iPod will convince Windows users to switch to the Mac. However, the number of users buying Macs because of iPod is not important at all. And of course, this also applies to iPod sales as the product has become much more affordable for those who do not have a Mac at home.

Even so, Steve Jobs is against the idea of ​​making the product compatible with any PC. That was when Fadell and the iPod team contacted reporter Walt Mossberg, who is also a friend of Jobs, for help convincing him to make the iPod compatible with Windows. Fadell mentioned that Services did not want to be wrong, but Mossberg helped him see that unlocking the iPod for Windows PCs would be the right way to make the product a success – and that Mossberg and Fadell were right. It is not news that Steve Jobs was in favor of the iPhone running third-party applications when the device was announced in 2007. However, once the iPhone comes out, developers and even companies want to have their applications on soak.

Apple then came up with a “sweet solution,” which was to promote the development of web applications powered by Safari. Interestingly, Fadell revealed in the interview that the web application concept was really supported by Eric Schmidt, Google CEO at the time. Schmidt is on the board of Apple executives, and is also heavily involved in the development of the iPhone as it comes with many built-in Google services. For Fadell, Schmidt had a “little spirit” when he saw web applications running on the iPhone. during the season.

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