As he tried to show off features of the new iPhone 4, Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ Wi-Fi connection failed twice, bringing his World Wide Developers Conference keynote to an uncomfortable standstill.
Jobs fiddled with the phone for a few seconds in silence. “Well geez. I guess I can’t show you that much today,” he said reluctantly. “I can show you some pictures.” So he moved on to that. He tried to come back to the demo of the phone’s browser, but no luck.
“I’m sorry guys, I don’t know what’s going on,” he said to the crowd of developers and media. “Got any suggestions?” he asked. Someone from the back helpfully shouted, “Verizon!” Though the crowd laughed, Jobs took it in stride. He said simply, “We’re actually on Wi-Fi here.”
It was an embarrassing and rare moment for Apple, and for Jobs, whose keynotes are known for being perfectly choreographed from beginning to end. He did, however, by the end have a solution.
About 20 minutes later, Jobs said he’d figured out that there were more than 570 Wi-Fi connections in the room that were disrupting his demo