I think he invited me to the 2007 iPhone unveiling partly because
it was kind of a tiny “Dynabook” — and he had always wanted to do
one — and partly because he was going to use a quote of mine
that he had always taken to heart “People who are really serious
about software should make their own hardware”.
The photo of us chatting was taken right after the event. He
brought the iPhone to me, put it in my hands, and asked: “Alan, is
this good enough to be criticized?”. My reply was to make a shape
with my hands the size of an iPad: “Steve, make it this size and
you’ll rule the world”.
The iPad is a huge hit, of course, but it turns out it’s the iPhone that rules the world. (Via Dave Mark.)