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Former Apple exec took your questions

An updated version of Apple's popular iPod MP3 player was introduced featuring a larger hard drive and new software, including a calendar at the Macworld Conference and Expo in New York on July 17, 2002. Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer, talked about new software and hardware during his keynote address, including an updated version of the operating system, Mac OS 10.2 called Jaguar.

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David Sobotta began his career as an Apple salesman in the Maritimes in the 1980s and was one of the company's first Canadian salesmen on the east coast. Over the years, he rose through the ranks of the computer company, eventually heading up its federal sales division and managing a country-wide sales force. During his time with Apple, he sat in on meetings with Steve Jobs and worked with some of the company's top vice-presidents. He's got one of the first iPods ever produced that he won as part of a national sales award. He's written articles about Apple for the Guardian newspaper in the UK and worked alongside reporters with the Wall Street Journal. Today, he sells real estate on the Southern Outer Banks of North Carolina, where he also maintains a blog and is an accomplished amateur photographer.

The Globe and Mail was pleased to have Mr. Sobotta online to take questions on his time at Apple, what it was like to work with Steve Jobs and the road ahead for the digital giant.



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