Steve Jobs might be speaking at this year’s D Conference, according to Silicon Valley gossip magazine Valleywag. Conference organizer Kara Swisher of AllThingsD confirmed that Mr. Jobs has been invited to appear, but did not confirm whether he had accepted.
Mr. Jobs last spoke at D in 2007, when he appeared alongside Microsoft chairman Bill Gates. In 2005 he talked about iTunes and asked Bill Gates if he had an iPod. In 2003, Mr. Jobs used the event to categorically declare that Apple had no plans to make a cell phone or tablet device.
At that event, he said, “There are no plans to make a tablet. It turns out people want keyboards. We look at the tablet and we think it’s going to fail.”
Apple released the iPhone in 2007 and its entry into the tablet market, the iPad, April 3rd of this year.
D is a top-shelf level conference that attracts many of the tech industry’s top executives who speak on a variety of issues. Tickets to the event are US$4,500, or a little less than the going rate for an iPhone 4G prototype.