Steve Jobs Once Tossed the Original iPhone Across a Room to Impress Journalists

Tuesday marks 10 years since Steve Jobs, Apple's co-founder, died. Those who knew him began to share their stories about his life.

Roger Cheng, CNET's reporter, recalled his memories of Jobs visiting The Wall Street Journal headquarters in New York to give him and a group of reporters an early glimpse at the prototype iPhone shortly after it was revealed in 2007.

Cheng said that Jobs responded to a reporter's question about the iPhone's durability by throwing the prototype he was holding in the air towards the middle of the room. This elicited a small gasp and then silence when the device struck the floor. Cheng stated that the iPhone was unharmed and that it was a calculated risk Jobs took as a showman.

Cheng wrote that "the memory underlines the lengths Jobs went in order to make a good impression." Imagine how catastrophic it would have been if the iPhone had crashed or was shut down in front so many journalists.


Jobs introduced the original iPhone like it was three products. A widescreen iPod with touch controls, a mobile phone with revolutionary features, and a breakthrough internet communication device. When Jobs said that Jobs was talking about one device, the crowd at Macworld San Francisco burst into cheers.

Apple founder Steve Jobs died October 5, 2011, at 56 years old. Apple has a Remembering Steve page that allows users to leave messages for Steve.