The lawsuit between Apple and Epic has proven to be a goldmine for those who are curious about how Apple works internally and how top executives think about different things.
The Twitter account Internal Tech Emails has now published several new emails that have emerged as part of the openly available evidence in the trial. Perhaps most interesting is a meeting agenda with handwritten notes from Steve Jobs, sent to the rest of the management team in August 2007. Funny enough, he has written “fake Steve Jobs” at the top of the page, a reference to a popular anonymous blog that was later revealed as journalist Daniel Lyons .
Steve Jobs: Apple executive team meeting agenda
August 5, 2007 pic.twitter.com/m9H9PWFIbG
– Internal Tech Emails (@TechEmails) June 2, 2021
The agenda mentions a “15-inch Macbook Air”. Macbook Air had not been released yet when the email was sent, and no 15-inch has (so far) been. The first model with a 13-inch screen was launched in early 2008 and in 2010 came an 11-inch model that has not received a modern sequel after the new launch in 2018.
Another point is “open up software (EA games, others)?” and Steve Jobs has also commented on it in the margin, for “Iphone and N45” – the latter was the code name of the Ipod Touch.
One another email from 2015 has a long presentation by the then App Store manager Philip Shoemaker on how Google is better at automating app reviews and saves a lot of time compared to Apple’s much more manual process.