Smart or Crazy? What Steve Jobs Did With The First iPod Prototype

Jay Henry
2 min readOct 2, 2016


Smart or Crazy? What Steve Jobs Did With The First iPod Prototype

The iPod is a line of portable media players produced and Marketed by Apple Inc.

The first version was released on October 23, 2001. That day was the 8th month and 15th day after iTunes (Macintosh version) was released.

Today, the iPod has 3 versions and still making waves in our present-day tech market, although sales have declined as compared to its sales in the previous years. The 3 versions of iPod includes:

  • Ultra Compact iPod shuffle.
  • The Compact iPod Nano
  • The Touchscreen iPod Touch

The storage capacity varies ranging from 2GB for iPod shuffle to a huge 128GB for the iPod touch, a 160GB variety existed before but was discontinued because of some reasons.

Steve Jobs announced the first iPod as a Mac-compactible product with 5GB hard drive that put 1,000 songs in your pocket. But before the event, something happened behind closed doors between Steve Jobs and Apple’s Engineers who produced the iPod.

When engineers working on the very first iPod completed the prototype, they presented their work to Steve Jobs for his approval. Jobs played with the device, scrutinized it, weighed it in his hands, and promptly rejected it. It was too big.

The engineers explained that they had to reinvent inventing to create the iPod and that it was simply impossible to make it any smaller. Jobs was quiet for a moment. Finally, he stood, walked over to an aquarium, and dropped the iPod in the tank. After it touched bottom, bubbles floated to the top.

“Those are air bubbles,” he snapped. “That means there’s space in there. Make it smaller.”

And that was how the tiny size of the first versions of iPod came into existence. All thanks to the Genius Steve Jobs.

So, of recent, Apple released the new iPhone 7 and 7 plus. Of all the new innovations Apple introduced with the hot spec ladened phone. The one that got Apple fans crazy and ranting till today is the Apple Airpod. This is the wireless earpiece that replaced the wired earpiece and its earpiece port on previous iPhones.

In this article, we covered in details why Apple kill their Headphone jack and introduced the Airpod?

Originally published at on October 2, 2016.



Jay Henry

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