Even Steve Jobs’s Speech Notes Were Beautiful [Image]

Even Steve Jobs’s Speech Notes Were Beautiful [Image]

Steve Jobs's presentation notes for the original iPhone announcement.

What you’re seeing above are Steve Jobs’s speech notes that he brought with him on January 9, 2007 when he announced the original iPhone, and they are in many ways a telling encapsulation of the man himself. Jobs was a natural showman who needed only the barest outline to announce the changing of the world, and his notes here are so simple that they could have been scrawled on the back of a napkin, but Jobs was also a perfectionist: he had them expertly type set, printed out and bound.

Amazing. Also, if you’re wondering what those three devices are below the notes on Steve’s podium, they’re actually iPhones with special attachments so they can do video on the big screen behind him. Steve would only use one; the others were probably backups.

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  • nolavabo

    It takes a great deal of effort to make something look effortless.

  • Ben Ward

    brilliantly simple.

  • CRF450

    Think he would have used an iPad if it were available? iPads are great but hard to mess up paper. 

  • Ariel Sullivan

    Brilliant, admirable, beautiful and you could not expect less than this if you’re talking about Jobs!

  • ApplePr0n

    Now if only we could see the one’s titled “2012 iPhone”

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