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Jobs’ ‘Star Trek’ videocall gaffe

June 8, 2010

‘iPhone brings Star Trek to the modern world’ claims the Times story headline:

Apple has placed video calling at the centre of its new iPhone, [a feature that] that got the 5,000 crowd at the Worldwide Developers Conference most excited. Steve Jobs, founder and chief executive of Apple, introduced the new service to whoops of delight when he called to Jony Ive, the company’s British-born designer. “I grew up with The Jetsons and Star Trek, just dreaming about video calling. Now it’s real,” Mr Jobs said.

However, as any Trekkie know, the handheld devices features in the cult sci-fic series were not actually videocall-capable, as better-informed people at make clear, but it did show a kind of desktop videocalling system. And the same applies to The Jetsons: