In mid-2011, Ng was briefing media and big tech companies on the product he would shortly announce. Mashable received one of these briefings; the subsequent story was one of the most popular of that month. Jobs was fascinated enough to summon Ng to his Palo Alto home.
According to Adam Lashinsky, Fortune‘s veteran of the tech beat, Jobs was looking for a new technology that could revolutionize the entire field of photography via the iPhone, and Lytro looked like it could fit the bill for the Apple billionaire.
With Lytro built into every iPhone, instead of the bulkier auto-focus device in current models, people could take snapshots instantly without waiting for the image to focus.
Lytro integrates well with Facebook, allowing your friends to refocus your shot in different ways. That functionality baked into the iPhone would give Apple a vital edge within the social network.
To find out what happened next, and get a sense of how serious Jobs was about this, watch the video above. And let us know in the comments: would you like to see an iPhone with Lytro?