Steve Jobs wrote the internal email, which was sent in 2007.
The Epic vs. Apple lawsuit has revealed a wealth of internal data from both firms. Most recently, a confidential communication revealing what Apple was working on in 2007. The majority of what was in the email ended up being released, ranging from software and services to hardware. However, several of the gadgets named in the whitepaper were never released.
The email written by Steve Jobs on August 2007, shows the agenda of an Apple executive team meeting scheduled for August 6th. The meeting was divided into seven areas of discussion covering topics such as sales, supply, various product lines, events, recruitment and legal.
Most of what’s in there has already been released, as one would expect from a 14-year-old paper, but it also references a few items that never made it to market, including a 15-inch MacBook Air, a Mac tablet, an iPod “Super nano,” and a new iPod shuffle.
Apple was preparing to release a 15-inch MacBook Air in 2008, according to the internal communication. That never occurred, and instead, it released the 13-inch model, which revolutionised thin and light computers. Apple has yet to introduce a 15-inch MacBook Air variant, although sources suggest that it may do so shortly.
Steve Jobs: Apple executive team meeting agenda
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There’s a mention of a Mac tablet just following the 15-inch MacBook Air. We presume this is a prototype for the iPad, which was released two years after the scheduled introduction of the Mac tablet.
The secret communication also reveals two undisclosed iPod models that will be available in 2008. The first is the “Super nano,” which retails for $199. It’s unknown whether Apple incorporated some of its features into another iPod gadget or not. The second iPod mentioned in the text is an iPod shuffle, which was supposed to be released in 2008 but never was. Instead, Apple introduced additional colour options. Later that year, a newer iPod shuffle was produced.
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