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Steve Jobs never had much tolerance for employees who leaked the company’s plans, but on one occasion, it was actually Jobs who came close to blowing the lid off a product, according to a former employee we spoke with. Shortly before Jobs and Apple unveiled the original iPhone at MacWorld in 2007, a group of engineers from the iPhone team went to Jobs’ home to debug a problem with the phone’s WiFi.
At one point while the team was working, a FedEx employee buzzed outside the house to deliver a package to Jobs. ”Steve goes out to meet him because he has to sign for this package, but he’s got the iPhone in one of his hands,” said a former Apple employee was with the iPhone team at the time. “Steve just walks out casually, [hides] the phone behind his back, signs the package, and the FedEx dude marches off.”
Coming up on World Tech Update this week Google introduces its Nexus 7 tablet and Nexus Q media streamer, Microsoft’s antitrust fine is cut, WiFi is coming to international air routes and the OLPC XO-3 tablet hits delays.