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Steve Jobs was more 'Mac centered than iPod visionary', says ex-Apple engineer Fadell

Saturday - Dec 01, 2012, 12:10am (GMT+5.5)
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London - American computer science engineer Tony Fadell, who created the iPod, which revolutionized the music industry, has revealed how Apple gave more importance to develop Macintosh computers, and not the portable media player.

During an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, Fadell discussed his experience of working with the tech giant and its visionary founder Steve Jobs.

Fadell revealed that the iPod team he built was largely taken up with "the day job" of building the Macintosh.

"When I showed the iPod to Steve and he said 'It's a go' he meant to the next milestone. He didn't mean we were going to even ship it," the paper quoted Fadell, as saying.

"This is a company whose business was the Macintosh. It wasn't as if there'd been this big decision to suddenly turn this way," he said.

"We wanted to do everything at the cutting edge to the very best of our ability, but we didn't have this grand idea," he added.

According to the paper, Fadell, who left Apple in 2008, agrees that Apple is a visionary company today, and does builds amazing products.

But at the same time he is unequivocal, and says at the beginning "there was no vision of taking everything to a world of iPhones and iPads".

According to Fadell, there was an iPod visionary. He just doesn't say it was Steve Jobs.

Fadell, however, agrees that Apple made the iPod and the iDevices what they are.

"Without the computing platform of Apple, it could all have been swallowed up by a Sony and we wouldn't be where we are," the paper quoted him, as saying.


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