Learn the iPhone's secret history next Tuesday with Scott Forstall & friends
Are you curious about how the iPhone came to be? No, not the iPhone 7 or the upcoming iPhone. I mean the very first iPhone, the one that took the world by storm and revolutionized mobile communications as we know them. If you are, you may want to take a trip to Mountain View next Tuesday. There, several members of the iPhone's original development team will be holding a discussion that will reveal everything you didn't know about the story behind the device that "reinvented the phone."
The main attraction will be a fireside chat hosted by journalist John Markoff of The New York Times, who will speak one-on-one with former iOS chief Scott Forstall. Forstall was in charge of software development for the original iPhone and iPad, but was unceremoniously ousted after the disaster that was the launch of Apple Maps, as well as troubles with trademark infringement due to the iOS Clock face design too closely resembling that of the Swiss railway clock. Apparently, Forstall feels that enough time has passed since his departure that he can speak freely about all the behind-the-scenes moments that led to the launch of Apple's landmark smartphone.
Forstall's interview will not be the only talk taking place that evening. Preceding the fireside chat will be a panel discussion with three former Apple engineers, Scott Herz, Nitin Ganatra, and Hugo Fiennes, who also played a big role in the development of the original iPhone.
This event, titled Putting Your Finger On It: Creating the iPhone, takes place on Tuesday, June 20, from 7-9 pm at the Computer History Museum's Exponential Center in Mountain View, California. Check-in begins at 6 pm. Registration is required for attendance; it can be done here. Expect some controversy to unfold as a result of the event—already, several Apple employees and representatives have expressed their negative opinions on some of Forstall's comments found in a recently-released book detailing the iPhone's "secret history."