Kara Swisher

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The Giant iPhone of Palo Alto

Two years ago at the D5 conference in an interview onstage, I asked Steve Jobs when Apple was going to release a mobile device.

Jobs demurred, as you can see here in a snippet of this longish video of highlights below from the first four D events.

He then famously noted that he was not too good at going through “orifices,” his most perfect word to describe the uncomfortable struggles handset makers had to go through to work with the powerful and vexing cellphone companies (which Walt has dubbed “Soviet ministries”).

Obviously, the Apple CEO found his own way and will be debuting Apple’s effort Friday when the iPhone goes on sale at their stores and at AT&T outlets. You might have heard about it?

In any case, you can read four reviews from top tech reviewers, including our own Walt and also Katie Boehret, here in a roundup in John Paczkowski’s Digital Daily.

There is also a beauty pageant of pictures our Web genius Adam Tow compiled here, as well as a short Q&A with Jobs that Walt did posted in Mossblog.

And, because we like to keep adding to the pile of material, we’ll be posting this week in this column the complete video interview Walt did with Jobs recently at D5. It’s long, more than an hour, of course, but full of information.

Until then, you can see video highlights of the interview posted below, as well as in text here and as a short text excerpt in a recent tab on D5 in The Wall Street Journal.

And, also below, a short movie I did while in sunny Palo Alto yesterday, checking out the crazy scene of anticipation at the Apple store.

Um, there was none.

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