A Stevenote was a colloquial term for keynote speeches given by Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple, at events such as the Worldwide Developers Conference, Macworld and Apple Expos. Because most Apple product releases were first shown to the public at these keynotes, "Stevenotes" caused substantial swings in Apple's stock price.
Jobs's final Stevenote was delivered on June 6, 2011, when he announced iCloud (Apple's cloud service). OS X Lion and iOS 5 were also announced on the same day. It was his last public appearance before his resignation as CEO on August 24 and his death on October 5 of that same year.
In late 1996 Apple purchased NeXT, and Jobs returned to Apple after an 11-year hiatus following his forced resignation from the company in 1985. In mid-1997 he delivered a keynote address, with a detailed report on the company's status, featuring a satellite appearance by Microsoft CEO Bill Gates. Jobs announced a partnership with Microsoft with several key agreements which, according to him, would benefit Apple and allow it to recover from the prolonged decline of the early and mid-1990s. Two major announcements were made during the keynote: the next release of Microsoft Office (Office 98) would be developed for the Macintosh, and Microsoft's Internet Explorer would be the default browser on Macintosh computers. Despite heckling from the audience, Jobs explained why the partnership was favorable to Apple:
|“||The era of setting this up as a competition between Apple and Microsoft is over, as far as I'm concerned. This is about getting Apple healthy, and this is about Apple being able to make incredibly great contributions to the industry to get healthy and prosper again.||”|
Jobs later gave keynote addresses at trade expositions and conferences at least once a year, in which he announced updates to Apple products or demonstrated new products and services. Nearly every product upgrade or announcement during the past ten years has been made during a Stevenote. Among products announced in Stevenotes were the original iMac all-in-one desktop computer in 1998, the clamshell iBook in 1999, the Mac OS X operating system in 2000, the iPod music player in 2001, the iPhone smartphone in 2007 and the iPad tablet in 2010.
At the 1998 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote, Jobs announced that the company was back on track. He reviewed the turnover rate at Apple, describing changes in its distribution system and apple.com, its online store. Jobs said that Apple had sold 500,000 Power Macintosh G3 in its first six months, described the PowerBook G3 and showed the "Steamroller" commercial. He claimed that there were 10,000,000 Apple computers in consumer use and six million educational users, and discussed the iMac and QuickTime; Jobs said that the International Organization for Standardization adopted the QuickTime file format as the basis for MPEG 4. Jobs said that Apple would add Internet "live" streaming (Real-time Transport Protocol) to QuickTime 3.0 for its release in fall 1998 and introduced Peter Hoddie, chief architect of QuickTime. Jobs described three improvements Apple wanted to make to Java: Unify the Java Virtual Machine, make it compatible and make it fast. He announced Apple's strategy for Mac OS X, saying that the 6,000-plus good application programming interfaces would be called Carbon (API), introducing Avadis Tevanian to demonstrate Carbon. Tevanian introduced Ben Waldman (general manager of the Macintosh unit at Microsoft), Norm Meyrowitz (president of Macromedia Products) and Greg Gilley (vice-president for graphics applications development at Adobe Systems), who demonstrated Photoshop. Jobs announced that the Mac OS 8 Codename Sonata would be released during the third quarter of 1999; Rhapsody 1.0 would be released during the third quarter of 1998.
WWDC 1999 was opened by HAL9000. Jobs delivered an update, saying that 3,106 Mac apps were announced since May 6, 1998 (the debut date of iMac); Dragon Systems was bringing its voice-recognition software to the Mac, and he introduced Janet Baker (co-founder and CEO of Dragon Systems). Jobs updated Apple's profits, units, inventory and cash, announcing that Sears would be added to its national distribution chain. Apple Inc. launched its store on Memorial Day 1999, and Jobs announced the PowerBook line. During the one-week conference, Apple gave away 50 PowerBooks to attending developers. Jobs delivered an update on OpenGL, Java and QuickTime, inviting Avie Tevanian and Phil Schiller onstage; Schiller demonstrated OpenGL, QuickTime 4, Sherlock 2, the Quartz graphics model, Finder and the MailViewer app. Jobs announced Java MRJ 2.1.2, the fastest Mac Java to date, and he and Tevanian demonstrated Java. He reviewed Mac OS 8.5 (released in October 1998), announced Mac OS 8.6, previewed Sonata (scheduled for release in fall 1999) and delivered an update on Mac OS X Server 1.0. Jobs said that in the Darwin open-source program there were over 20,000 registered developers and over 175,000 component downloads, describing the three application environments on the Darwin-Quartz foundation. The first was Classic Environment (previously known as Blue Box); the second was Carbon (API) (announced at WWDC 1998), and the third was Cocoa (API) (previously known as Yellow Box). Apple was developing a new Finder and a new Mail.
At the August 31, 1999 Seybold Seminars Expo Jobs delivered an update on Apple, announcing its June quarterly profits, the appointment of Mickey Drexler (of Gap Inc.) to the board of directors and giving an overview of QuickTime. Apple partnered with Akamai Technologies as a broadcast network, with content provided by BBC News, Bloomberg Television, Fox News, Fox Sports, HBO, NPR, The Weather Channel, WGBH-TV, ABC News, ESPN, Rolling Stone, VH1 and Disney; new content was provided by Rhino Records and Warner Bros. Records. Phil Schiller demonstrated QuickTime TV, Sherlock 2, VoicePrint, AppleScript and the Power Mac G4, and Jobs previewed Mac OS 9. He demonstrated nine features: Sherlock 2, a shopping app; Multiple Users, with privacy and preferences for a number of users; VoicePrint Password, voice-recognition software; Keychain (Mac OS), with a single password; Auto Updating, for the latest updates; Encryption, for private files; File Sharing Over Internet; AppleScript over TCP/IP, to manage workflow across computers, and Network Browser. Jobs reviewed the iMac, introducing Ozzie Osborne (general manager of speech systems at IBM) to demonstrate ViaVoice. Jobs reviewed iBook (showing two TV advertisements) AirPort (showing the AirPort Base Station TV ad), the PowerBook and the Power Mac G4, calling computer scientist Richard Crandall onstage to demonstrate the G4. Jobs introduced John Warnock, chairman and CCO of Adobe Systems. Jobs showed a Power Mac G4 TV ad, and introduced the Apple Cinema Display.
On October 5, 1999 Jobs said that Akio Morita of Sony had died two days earlier, announced the Mac OS 9 and described the nine internet power tools. Phil Schiller demonstrated Sherlock 2, Multiple Users, VoicePrint Password, Keychain, Encryption, Network Browser and Auto Updating. Jobs reviewed the Power Mac G4, showed a TV ad, and reviewed the Apple Cinema Display, the PowerBook and the iBook. He announced the new iMac, and Schiller demonstrated the graphics card. Jobs introduced and demonstrated the iMac DV and iMovie, and showed three TV commercials.
- 1984: Macintosh
- 1998: iMac and PowerBook G3
- 1999: iBook, QuickTime TV and AirPort wireless service
- 2000: Mac OS X
- 2001: iPod and iBook G3
- 2003: Xcode
- 2004: iPod Mini
- 2005: Mac Mini, iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano; the transition from PowerPC to Intel processors was announced.
- 2006: The first Intel-based Apple computer, the iMac Core Duo and the MacBook Pro
- 2007: Apple TV, iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPod classic
- 2008: MacBook Air, iPhone 3G, and second-generation aluminum 13-inch MacBook and 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks
- 2009: iPhone 3GS
- 2010: iPad, iPhone 4, Magic Trackpad and next-generation Macbook Air
- 2011: iPad 2, Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5, iCloud, iPhone 4S
Notable keynotes after Jobs' death:
- 2012: iPad (third generation), OS X Mountain Lion, iOS 6, MacBook Pro with Retina Display, iPhone 5, next-generation Mac Mini, next-generation iMac, iPad Mini, iPad (fourth generation)
- 2013: OS X Mavericks, iOS 7, next generation Mac Pro, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPad Air, iPad Mini (second generation)
- 2014: OS X Yosemite, iOS 8, Swift and other development tools, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, Apple Watch, Apple Pay, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 3, 27" Retina iMac
- 2015: HBO Now on Apple TV, ResearchKit, 12 inch Retina MacBook, and Apple Watch software (Watch OS and iOS 8.2) and launch date along with OS X El Capitan, iOS 9, watch OS 2.0, and Apple Music.
"One more thing..."
A typical Stevenote began with Jobs presenting sales figures for Apple products and a review of products released during the past few months. He then presented one or more new products. Reminiscent of Peter Falk's Columbo, he typically feigned some concluding remarks, turned as if to leave the stage and turned back, saying "But there's one more thing".
Some "One more thing..." segments featured:
- Apple's return to profitability at MacWorld Expo San Francisco 1998
- iMac in colors at MacWorld San Francisco 1999
- 22-inch Apple Cinema Display at Seybold 1999
- AirPort base station and card after iBook introduction at MacWorld Expo New York 1999
- iMac DV, iMovie, and iMac DV special edition, October 1999
- At MacWorld SF 2000, Aqua was introduced. Jobs announced that he would continue at Apple permanently, dropping the "i" (for "interim") from "iCEO"
- Power Mac G4 Cube at MacWorld NY 2000
- PowerBook G4 at MacWorld San Francisco 2001
- 17-inch iMac G4 at MacWorld New York 2002
- Power Mac G5 at WWDC 2003
- 12-inch Aluminum PowerBook G4 at MacWorld 2003
- iPod Mini at MacWorld 2004
- iPod Shuffle at MacWorld 2005
- Fifth-generation iPod with video, announced at a press conference entitled "One more thing..."
- MacBook Pro at Macworld Expo 2006
- Movie sales at the iTunes Store in September 2006; a second "One more thing..." in the same presentation unveiled iTV (renamed Apple TV at Macworld 2007). A third "One More Thing..." introduced a live performance of "Waiting for the World to Change" by John Mayer.
- Safari for Windows beta at WWDC 2007
- Aluminum Unibody MacBook, October 2008
- Video camera and speaker in fifth-generation iPod Nano at the Apple Music Event in September 2009
- FaceTime video calling for the iPhone 4 at WWDC 2010
- Second-generation Apple TV running on iOS at the September 2010 Apple Music Event
- Revised MacBook Air at a press event, "Back to the Mac", in October 2010
- iTunes Match service at WWDC 2011
- Apple Watch announcement in 2014 by Tim Cook
- Apple Music at WWDC 2015 by Tim Cook.
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- Apple Expo Paris Keynote 2003 (Pictures)
- Ars Technica's WWDC 2006 keynote bingo blog post - follow-ups 1, 2 and results,