Apple CEO Steve Jobs discusses Apple iPad with Walt Mossberg (with video)

Walt Mossberg and I “talked about whether Apple could innovate enough with hardware and software to make a tablet computer finally become popular outside of Silicon Valley, as well as a range of other issues from multimedia to mobility to price,” Kara Swisher reports for AllThingsD.

“I did a pre- and post-event video interview with Walt about the new device below and also caught a bit on my Flip camera of Mossberg kibitzing with Apple CEO Steve Jobs about the iBooks application, battery life and whether he could write his eventual review of the iPad on, well, the iPad,” Swisher reports.

Jobs shows up around the 2:10 mark:

Direct link to video via AllThingsD here.

Full article here.

23 Comments

  1. What I think is that Steve is gambling that he will ship a great many of the unfortunately named device and then, with great fanfare, introduce the revolutionary improved version of the magic that addresses all the missing things people are howling about across the web, the media, and in the coffee break room.

    Many millions of the next generation are boxed and stored away in an undisclosed location, ready to ship.

    That’s what he did with iPhone and it worked like a charm. The risk is bold. But, what’s new about that. In the meantime, a buying opportunity for AAPL?

  2. So Ericdano-
    You annoyed by all women or just Kara? If it’s just her, then why specify the gender of the sidekick you wouldn’t need if you were to replace possibly the country’s most prominent tech critic?
    One thing Walt’s got over you for sure: he doesn’t take arbitrary swipes that accomplish nothing but alienating part of his readership.

  3. Yep Steve is sharp and quick and easily annoyed. He wants ppl to “get it” right away since of course he’s been thinking about every aspect of it for years. The public will be slow but will come around. It will change everything positively!

  4. @Strategy,
    “What I think is that Steve is gambling that he will ship a great many of the unfortunately named device and then, with great fanfare, introduce the revolutionary improved version of the magic that addresses all the missing things people are howling about across the web, the media, and in the coffee break room. “

    Not quite: 40 million+ sold units later, the iPhone / iPod touch still has no front-facing camera, no rear camera over 5MP, no camera flash, no Flash, and no 3rd party app multitasking. Sales are going up. The lesson? Most people don’t really care as much about these things as tech nerds do.

  5. Man, AllThingsD brings me back to the early days of QuickTime with their postage stamp sized videos. Seriously, is that the biggest you can embed them? I didn’t bothering going directly to their site to see if they have a larger version because frankly, I shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to watch content they should want me to watch.

  6. Walt, you idiot, it’s “magical” – no need for any of your dumb questions and don’t waste your time on some review that nobody needs.

    Of all the well-deserved complimentary things said to describe Steve, the one great negative that puts all the positive things in its shadow is his world-class arrogance.

    He absolutely believes that when he describes something, there is nothing more to be said. “Everybody wants glossy”, “nobody needs DVDs”, “people don’t buy movies”, etc., etc.

  7. @ gzero: +100 – more people need to realize this.

    @ MacMan: Where would you put this front-facing camera? This thing works in both portrait and landscape mode.

    Meanwhile, for those of us who have been paying attention, Apple has a patent on using black pixels within the display itself as a camera. My guess is they’re working to get this technology perfected before deploying it in iPhone/iPod/iPad. No more fixed-position front-facing camera hardware to install.

  8. Anyone catch the part where Steve says the books will be the same price, that booksellers are not happy with Amazon? Interesting.

    I don’t think Steve was upset by Walt as much as he was upset with Walt’s questions. Whether you like Mossberg or not, many many many people read him for technology advice and Steve knows he needs to indulge Mossberg.

    Steve clearly thinks on a different level than any of us, and I think these “normal” questions about battery life, where does the power get used, can one write a review of it on it”, etc don’t challenge him. Therefore, he gets irritated.

    @chu
    Apple makes absolutely everything in the iPad. Why would they put in something like flash in which they have no control? There will never been flash in the iPhone, iPad, or anything after that. Get used to it, or buy the next Android/Snapdragon craplet.

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