During an interview at the Computer History Museum as part of their ongoing “iPhone 360” project that explores the story of the iPhone, from its prehistory, inception, and launch, to its evolution and impact, Scott Forstall has given us all an insight into the creation of the original iPhone, internally dubbed “Project Purple”.
Scott Forstall was joined by other former iOS engineers Nitin Ganatra, Scott Herz, and Hugo Fiennes who all reflected on their memories developing a product that has changed the world, discussing the secrecy of the project and Steve Job’s thinking behind the device.
“The iPhone and a very circuitous route. We had been working on a tablet project and it began because Steve hated this guy at Microsoft..every time Steve had any social interaction with that guy, he would come back pissed off. He came back one time and that guy was talking about how Microsoft had solved computing. Steve came in on Monday with a set of expletives and said let’s show them.” – Steve proposed to Scott: “Do you think we could take that demo we’re doing with the tablet and shrink it down to a phone?”