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Scott Forstall and early iPhone engineers to speak at Computer History Museum

Scott Forstall was in charge of building iPhone OS, now iOS, for Apple and Steve Jobs. By all accounts, he had a singular ability to distil down a myriad of options to a few he knew, at least one of, Jobs would approve. That skill alone made him invaluable to everyone else working on the the Purple Experience Project.

Now, 10 years after the launch of the original iPhone, and almost five years after leaving Apple, Forstall is sitting down to talk about the creation of one of the most culturally significant objects of our time. And he's doing it at the Computer History Museum:

During 2006, the year before the iPhone was introduced, it seemed that innovation in mobile devices was beginning to slip away from Silicon Valley. Wireless computing was advancing more quickly in Europe than it was in the United States. That all changed abruptly when Steve Jobs stepped onstage at Moscone Center in San Francisco and asserted he was introducing "three revolutionary products" in one package—the iPhone.How did iPhone come to be? On June 20, four members of the original development team will discuss the secret Apple project, which in the past decade has remade the computer industry, changed the business landscape, and become a tool in the hands of more than a billion people around the world.Part 1: Original iPhone Engineers Nitin Ganatra, Scott Herz, and Hugo Fiennes in Conversation with John MarkoffPart 2: Original iPhone Software Team Leader Scott Forstall in Conversation with John Markoff

Tickets are sold out, alas, but no doubt the stories they share will echo across the community and the industry. And, hopefully, willl be preserved for posterity.

Rene Ritchie
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

2 Comments
  • Hey Scott, Apple needs you back.
  • Couldn't agree more than with this comment. Scott is a brilliant mind.