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The 2005 Steve Jobs ultimatum that became the iPhone

26
Mar
2014

In 2005, Greg Christie was working on the device that would become the iPhone, and running out of time. As a senior software engineer at Apple, Christie had been given an ultimatum by Steve Jobs: bigger ideas and bigger concepts for the iPhones software in two weeks, or else the project would be given to another group. In response, Christie and his team developed a set of features — such as swiping to unlock the phone — that came to define the way smartphones were designed. …

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