On this day Ive was overseeing the creation of a new European power plug and connector for the Macintosh.
Dozens of foam models, each with the tiniest variation, have been cast and painted for inspection.
Some would find it odd that the head of design would fret over something like this, but Jobs got involved as well.
Ever since he had a special power supply made for the Apple II,
Jobs has cared about not only the engineering but also the design of such parts.
His name is listed on the patent for the white power brick used by the MacBook as well as its magnetic connector with its satisfying click.
In fact he is listed as one of the inventors for 212 different Apple patents in the United States as of the beginning of 2011.
Ive and Jobs have even obsessed over, and patented, the packaging for various Apple products.
U.S. patent D558572, for example, granted on January 1, 2008, is for the iPod Nano box,
with four drawings showing how the device is nestled in a cradle when the box is opened.
Patent D596485, issued on July 21, 2009, is for the iPhone packaging, with its sturdy lid and little glossy plastic tray inside.