The iPhone developed the way a lot of
cool things do: with a false start. A few
years ago Jobs noticed how many
development dollars were being spent...
on tablet PCs.
...so he had Apple engineers noodle
around with a tablet PC. When they
showed him the touchscreen they came up
with, he got excited. So excited he forgot
all about tablet computers.
“The Apple Of Your Ear,” TIME Magazine, January 12, 2007