Part 5: Steve came over to try a device. This is what Andy Hertzfeld and Bill Atkinson gave him to use:
Steve sent Telecards back & forth for a few weeks and got the experience in his bones. I had what I thought was a great application: you could search for an address and get a map! Revolutionary. It would even give turn-by-turn instructions from the cloud, and with this device you could get them wirelessly in your car!
But Steve crushed me and said it should come with all the apps you’d need. We shouldn’t make consumers install them. How many apps for something like this do you even need?
We thought people would love it more if they could program it.
Of course, what we really envisioned was a smaller, cheaper device with all the things we didn’t have then: good battery life, color screens, wireless infrastructure… Here are the original drawings: