There was another disappointment that he tried to downplay:
"Early next year, we will have our 0.9 release,
which is for software developers and aggressive end users."
There was a bit of nervous laughter.
What he was saying was that the real release of the machine and its software,
known as the 1.0 release, would not actually be happening in early 1989.
In fact he didn't set a hard date.
He merely suggested it would be sometime in the second quarter of that year.
At the first NeXT retreat back in late 1985, he had refused to budge,
despite Joanna Hoffman's pushback, from his commitment to have the machine finished in early 1987.
Now it was clear it would be more than two years later.
The event ended on a more upbeat note, literally.
Jobs brought onstage a violinist from the San Francisco Symphony
who played Bach's A Minor Violin Concerto in a duet with the NeXT computer onstage.
People erupted in jubilant applause. The price and the delayed release were forgotten in the frenzy.
When one reporter asked him immediately afterward why the machine was going to be so late,
Jobs replied, "It's not late. It's five years ahead of its time."