Over lunch, Scott Forstall and Phil Schiller came in to display mockups of some products that Apple had in the pipeline.
Jobs peppered them with questions and thoughts,
especially about what capacities the fourth-generation cellular networks might have and what features needed to be in future phones.
At one point Forstall showed off a voice recognition app.
As he feared, Jobs grabbed the phone in the middle of the demo and proceeded to see if he could confuse it.
"What's the weather in Palo Alto?" he asked. The app answered.
After a few more questions, Jobs challenged it: "Are you a man or a woman?"
Amazingly, the app answered in its robotic voice, "They did not assign me a gender."
For a moment the mood lightened.
When the talk turned to tablet computing, some expressed a sense of triumph that HP had suddenly given up the field, unable to compete with the iPad.
But Jobs turned somber and declaredthat it was actually a sad moment.
"Hewlett and Packard built a great company, and they thought they had left it in good hands," he said.
"But now it's being dismembered and destroyed. It's tragic. I hope I've left a stronger legacy so that will never happen at Apple."
As he prepared to leave, the board members gathered around to give him a hug.
After meeting with his executive team to explain the news, Jobs rode home with George Riley.
When they arrived at the house, Powell was in the backyard harvesting honey from her hives, with help from Eve.
They took off their screen helmets and brought the honey pot to the kitchen, where Reed and Erin had gathered,
so that they could all celebrate the graceful transition.
Jobs took a spoonful of the honey and pronounced it wonderfully sweet.
That evening, he stressed to me that his hope was to remain as active as his health allowed.
"I' m going to work on new products and marketing and the things that I like," he said.
But when I asked how it really felt to be relinquishing control of the company he had built, his tone turned wistful, and he shifted into the past tense.
"I've had a very lucky career, a very lucky life," he replied. "I've done all that I can do."