Earlier this month, I had a brief, close encounter with Steve Jobs at one of his New York stores. I found myself unexpectedly standing next to him as he nonchalantly perused his turf.
But instead of trying to collar him for a quick exclusive interview, as any journalist worth his salt would do, I did nothing. I froze.
As penance for blowing a rare opportunity, my editor had me ask you, ABCNews.com readers what you would have done in my shoes. We invited you to write in with the one question you'd ask the Apple mastermind given the chance.
And write in you did. You submitted burning questions, technical questions, personal questions and inane questions for the Apple CEO. And as we sorted through the scores of e-mails you sent us, a few themes began to emerge. Below you'll find a few of the more representative submissions.
If Steve Jobs could pick anyone to replace him at Apple, whom would it be? -- Calvin Hobbes, San Jose, Calif.
Short, sweet, simple: If you are as unpretentious as [the] media [says], then could you please send me (1) one million dollars? -- P. Fox, Pittsburgh
Hi Steve, Been a Apple fan since System 6 on a Mac Classic, and would love to have a tour of 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA. -- Dave Grass, Macoun, Saskatchewan, Canada
I'd ask him how he could make his great products so more people can afford them. I'd also want to say "I hope you are doing well" but that might be too personal. -- Robert Smith, no home town given.
Why, with all of the disappointment expressed by apple loyalists about the ipads lack of webcam and phone calling abilities, would you still move foward and release a product with the mindset that people would still be willing to buy it? You already know that the general public is disappointed with the product offering.
My opinion is that his thinking is that we don't know what we want and what is important and it is up to him to teach us the value of products as he sees it. -- Joseph Swipes, Wilmington, Del.
What is your best guess as to the timeline for voice recognition to replace typing/touch screen as the primary computer interface? -- Don Whitson, Dallas
All of your products work together seamlessly in some fashion or another. You are definitely building a digital lifestyle better than any other company. While not talking about future products being developed by Apple, what would be your own ideal, in terms of making life better, through gadgets, or otherwise? -- Daniel Rappaport, Beverly Hills, Calif.
I would ask Mr. Jobs if Apple technology will ever coincide with the Auto Industry. With all the issues with Toyota lately, the auto industry could benefit from it. -- Jody Sanders, Los Angeles
I would ask him when the iPhone will be available on the Verizon network. I will buy one and switch to Verizon as soon as that happens. -- Mike from Washington