Steve's last keynote

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On June 6, 2011, Steve Jobs [took the stage](http://www.apple.com/apple-events/wwdc-2011/) at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco to a rapturous round of applause that lasted almost a minute. I was watching online, like many thousands of others, sometime after the event – but for us it was as though we were there. We didn’t know for sure, though some of us watching were pretty sure, this was us saying goodbye. I think he knew it was the last time he would stand on the stage before an Apple audience.

I was shocked at how frail he had become, though John Gruber writes movingly of how his eyes still held their [their weapons-grade intensity](http://daringfireball.net/2011/10/universe_dented_grass_underfoot).

Anyway. I was just watching it back just now, feeling like I wanted to see him again, and I noticed the iPad in the foreground shown above. I couldn’t quite work out what it was until I went back and hit pause. An attendee was using Facetime to share the back camera on his iPad 2 so that their friends or colleagues back home could experience the event too.

In a sense, that summed up and validated everything the man was working towards. I mean, how fricking cool is that? Steve would have loved it, I’m sure.

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