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The original iPod had an incredibly short 10-month development cycle

The iPod had an unthinkably fast development cycle by 2020 standards (Image source: Wikipedia)
The iPod had an unthinkably fast development cycle by 2020 standards (Image source: Wikipedia)
The CEO of payment platform Stripe claims that Apple's former Senior Vice President Tony Fadell told him that the original iPod was developed in under 10 months.
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In 2001, Apple changed the music world with the introduction of the iPod. It appears, however, that this historic piece of consumer tech had a remarkably rushed development cycle.

Patrick Collison, CEO of Stripe, tweeted that Tony Fadell, an ex-Apple Senior Vice President, chatted with him about the iPod's development's timeline. Fadell evidently indicated that the device was conceptualized, developed, and launched over just 10 months.

Fadell told Collison that when he joined Apple in January 2001, there were no prototypes, designs, or even a proper team in place for the iPod. However, they were able to put things together and get the iPod to market by November.

Collison provided a detailed timeline based on his conversation. According to it, a prototype iPod went to Steve Jobs by March, manufacturing partners were found by April, and iPods were in customer hands by November.

Apple-and tech companies in general these days-invest considerably more time towards R&D. This is understandable, considering that even calculators today are an order of magnitude more complex than the original iPod.

Still, the conversation and timeline are an interesting snapshot of how things worked at Apple a bit before it became the trillion-dollar behemoth it is today.

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Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - Tech Writer - 453 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-01-13 (Update: 2020-01-13)