Silicon Alley Insider reports that Steve Jobs recently made a surprise show and tell appearance at the New York Times newsroom to discuss all things iPad. One individual who claims to have been present at the gathering opines that Jobs is looking to strike up deals to get newspapers and magazines onto the iPad, noting that securing book deals was Jobs main priority. The NY Mag goes into further detail:
When Apple recently booked the cellar dining room at Pranna for a talk with 50 top executives from the New York Times, even restaurant higher-ups didn’t know who their VIP guest would be. But last night, Jobs came strolling in wearing what our source calls “a very funny hat — a big top hat kind of thing.” Jobs, who is recovering from a liver transplant last year, requested a mango lassi and penne (neither of which are on the Southern Asian restaurant’s menu, but with a shiny new iPad maybe in it for him, it’s not like the chef was going to say no). Our source says Jobs, who sat at the head of the “intimate, family-style gathering” with Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, demonstrated the iPad and its functions, and spoke about how it could serve the future of media.
A funny hat, eh? Oh please, won’t someone drudge up a picture of this!
Meanwhile, Silicon Alley Insider also reports that Jobs hit up the Wall Street Journal on his brief excursion to NYC.
Jobs also visited the Journal, a source there confirmed, though that meetings sounds decidedly less open than the Times affair. We’re told Jobs was confined to the third floor of the News Corp. building, where the cafeteria and gym are, and that many Journal staffers who wanted to see him, including even some higher-ups, could not. (The Journal newsroom starts on the fifth floor and goes up for several stories. Most of it is on the sixth floor.)