Steve Jobs Predicted the Future of Mobile a Decade Ago


An audio recording of a decade-old interview with the late Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs has been brought to light by The Wall Street Journal (via CNET), in which he nails the future of mobile. “The phone of the future will be differentiated by software,” said Jobs, which is absolutely spot on in the ongoing era of iOS and Android.

The audio interview is from 2008 in which Jobs shares his thoughts on the future of mobile phones when the App Store was only a month old. 

“I think there are a lot of people, and I’m one of them, who believe that mobile’s going to get quite serious,” Jobs told reporter Nick Wingfield. “They can be mighty useful and we’re just at the tip of that. That’s going to be huge, I think.” Jobs also got it right with regards to mobile games.

“You’ve got everything from games to medical software to business analytics software to all sorts of stuff on it,” Jobs said in the 2008 interview, “but games is the single biggest category … I actually think the iPhone and the iPod touch may emerge as really viable devices in this mobile gaming market this holiday season.”

You can listen to the full interview at this link.

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