It also indicates that Steve Jobs was not particularly sold on the idea of an Apple television. In fact, he was personally responsible for stopping the 20th Anniversary Macintosh, a 1997 computer that could also double as a television. As Fast Company reports, Jobs -- not known for mincing words -- reportedly told the Mac's designer Jony Ive that the project was over by saying:
"I just don't like television. Apple will never make a TV again."
Well, that's pretty clear, you may be thinking. But remember that Jobs also used to make fun of smaller tablets. He said that "no one's going to buy" a smartphone that you couldn't get your hand around. He had nothing but scorn for the stylus.
Apple clearly has gone on to (very successfully) make both the iPad mini and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus -- both have much bigger screens than earlier versions of the smartphone -- under Jobs's hand-picked successor, chief executive Tim Cook. And there are rumors that Apple's looking to tackle the stylus with its rumored work-focused "iPad Pro."
And Jobs himself, while incredibly innovative, was not infallible. He may have even been coming around on the television idea ahead of his death. Fast-forward to a much later conversation, this time with biographer Walter Isaacson in 2011, when Jobs said that he'd like to "create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use."
Rumors of an Apple television, already flying ahead of the book's release, really started to kick off and have been at a simmer ever since. Things got even more interesting this week, when chief executive Tim Cook said that the announcements made around Apple TV -- a price cut and a short-term exclusive for HBO Now -- was "just the beginning" of Apple's future moves in the TV space.
So while Jobs's fingerprints are still clearly all over Apple, he wasn't able to see the future entirely. And just because he said something about a product once, it doesn't mean that the company he left behind won't consider it in the future. Is an Apple television coming in the immediate future? Maybe not. But it won't be simply because of something Steve Jobs said once upon a time.
After all, if Apple doesn't keep up with the times, it would abandon the greatest directive that Jobs left behind.