What will Steve Jobs kill next?

Let’s see.

Apple II? Didn’t have switches on the front.
Macintosh? No tape drive. No cursor keys.
Next? No disk drive.
iMac? No floppy drive.
iPod? No on/off button.
iPhone? No keyboard.

Where did I get this from? Tom Conrad, CTO of Pandora. He used to work at Apple. He tells me he asks himself what he should remove from his products to make them simpler. One thing he did on Pandora? Made the UI much smaller than a typical Web page. People asked him to add features. He said “they don’t fit.”

He thinks Twitter is successful because it got rid of a ton of features — he compared it to Google’s Dodgeball, which had more features but not as much buzz.

What feature will Steve Jobs kill next? How about you, which feature are you getting rid of to make your product/service/store/business simpler?

64 thoughts on “What will Steve Jobs kill next?

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  2. The mouse.

    Also, the idea of interface input and interface output as two separate entities. My display should have a mounted stand on my desk which gives me the functionality of an LCD. When I want to input data, I will either type on a virtual keyboard which the display projects onto the desk, or, I cn lift the display out of its mount and use it as a drawing tablet. I can type onto the screen if I so desire, or I can use the stylus that is stored in a recess on the side of the display.

    Oh yeah, the cables and wires are history too (well, as much as possible). So, I can take my display/tablet with me out of the den, go down to the family room in the basement, and load a movie onto my large screen TV, or else have the text I see (or input) on my pad also displayed on my large screen TV.

  3. The mouse.

    Also, the idea of interface input and interface output as two separate entities. My display should have a mounted stand on my desk which gives me the functionality of an LCD. When I want to input data, I will either type on a virtual keyboard which the display projects onto the desk, or, I cn lift the display out of its mount and use it as a drawing tablet. I can type onto the screen if I so desire, or I can use the stylus that is stored in a recess on the side of the display.

    Oh yeah, the cables and wires are history too (well, as much as possible). So, I can take my display/tablet with me out of the den, go down to the family room in the basement, and load a movie onto my large screen TV, or else have the text I see (or input) on my pad also displayed on my large screen TV.

  4. “It was his observations that Steve Jobs would remove things that everyone thought they needed.”

    Well in that case…
    Steve Jobs will kill Microsoft Windows ;-)

    Actually to be fair he helps keep it alive and umm “so fresh and innovative”!

    I hope he successfully kills DRM first though!

  5. “It was his observations that Steve Jobs would remove things that everyone thought they needed.”

    Well in that case…
    Steve Jobs will kill Microsoft Windows ;-)

    Actually to be fair he helps keep it alive and umm “so fresh and innovative”!

    I hope he successfully kills DRM first though!

  6. Michaelhill: Tom Conrad worked at Apple in the 1990s on the Finder team. The topic came from that time and afterward. It was his observations that Steve Jobs would remove things that everyone thought they needed. But in doing so made things simpler.

  7. Michaelhill: Tom Conrad worked at Apple in the 1990s on the Finder team. The topic came from that time and afterward. It was his observations that Steve Jobs would remove things that everyone thought they needed. But in doing so made things simpler.

  8. Where did this bizarre topic evolve from?

    A better question is “When will Bill Gates charge an annual fee for using the Internet?”
    MS is twice the demon Apple/Macintosh could hope to be and the benefits of membership amount to MS having open access to your computer while online so that “patches” can be added to fix the holes in security of Windows OS. I don’t want to count the number of updates that came out after Service pack 2.
    Vista is MS’s Service Pack 3. I can hardly wait for the Vista Service Packs.

    And Steve Jobs kills what?

  9. Where did this bizarre topic evolve from?

    A better question is “When will Bill Gates charge an annual fee for using the Internet?”
    MS is twice the demon Apple/Macintosh could hope to be and the benefits of membership amount to MS having open access to your computer while online so that “patches” can be added to fix the holes in security of Windows OS. I don’t want to count the number of updates that came out after Service pack 2.
    Vista is MS’s Service Pack 3. I can hardly wait for the Vista Service Packs.

    And Steve Jobs kills what?

  10. @21,

    No way. People want to have a decent screen size. I like to have at least a 10″ screen. No less. Surfing sucks on phones or even gadgets like the Sidekick.

    I’ll buy a micro notebook, but never just a “phone” with an LCD and keyboard.

  11. @21,

    No way. People want to have a decent screen size. I like to have at least a 10″ screen. No less. Surfing sucks on phones or even gadgets like the Sidekick.

    I’ll buy a micro notebook, but never just a “phone” with an LCD and keyboard.

  12. Perhaps Steve Jobs will kill kitchen appliances as well by integrating a mini George Forman grill onto his iPhone.

    That way if you get bored of playing w/ your dumb phone…you can grill a few lean burgers.

    -just a thought.

  13. Perhaps Steve Jobs will kill kitchen appliances as well by integrating a mini George Forman grill onto his iPhone.

    That way if you get bored of playing w/ your dumb phone…you can grill a few lean burgers.

    -just a thought.

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