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MacRumors
Jul 18, 2012, 09:29 AM
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Network World's iOnApple reports (http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/earliest-known-photos-apple-ipad-prototype) on a recently-unsealed deposition given by Apple design chief Jonathan Ive in the ongoing patent war between Apple and Samsung, a session in which Ive was shown photos of Apple's earliest iPad mockups (http://www.macrumors.com/2004/08/13/apple-tablet-computer/) that apparently date to some time between 2002 and 2004. From Ive's testimony:My recollection of first seeing it is very hazy, but it was, I'm guessing, sometime between 2002 and 2004, some but it was I remember seeing this and perhaps models similar to this when we were first exploring tablet designs that ultimately became the iPad.http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/07/early_ipad_mockup_1.jpg


As the report notes, the mockup is quite similar to what was eventually released as the iPad well over five years later, although it was significantly thicker given the state of the technology at the time.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2012/07/early_ipad_mockup_2.jpg


Notably, the mockup lacked a home button but in other respects from the general form factor to the presence of a dock connector certainly mirrors the final shipping product.

Additional photos are included in the original report (http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/earliest-known-photos-apple-ipad-prototype).

Article Link: Photos of Early iPad Mockup Surface in Samsung Lawsuit Documents (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/07/18/photos-of-early-ipad-mockup-surface-in-samsung-lawsuit-documents/)



lifeinhd
Jul 18, 2012, 09:30 AM
If it had a dock connector it's not from 2002. Dock didn't come out until 2003.

EDIT: Though theoretically, they could have invented the dock back in 2002 (iPod w/dock was released April 03).

drewisanapple
Jul 18, 2012, 09:31 AM
Suddenly my iPad feels a lot lighter.

BMNB1tch
Jul 18, 2012, 09:31 AM
awww its a Grandpa iPad :)

FFArchitect
Jul 18, 2012, 09:31 AM
How things have evolved...

drewisanapple
Jul 18, 2012, 09:32 AM
If it had a dock connector it's not from 2002. Dock didn't come out until 2003.

They would have tested the dock connector way earlier than it's release.

basesloaded190
Jul 18, 2012, 09:32 AM
If it had a dock connector it's not from 2002. Dock didn't come out until 2003.

Doesn't mean they weren't already thinking about implementing the dock well before 2002.

kurosov
Jul 18, 2012, 09:32 AM
If it had a dock connector it's not from 2002. Dock didn't come out until 2003.

Because they just pulled the dock connector out of their arse on the day of release and magically attached it to devices?

shartypants
Jul 18, 2012, 09:32 AM
Wow, that is monster thick.

troop231
Jul 18, 2012, 09:32 AM
That thing is THICK!

/In before that's what she said.

ironsienna
Jul 18, 2012, 09:33 AM
Maybe thicker, but personally I still find something really appealing to it's design... I think the proportion of the black bezel to the white sides maybe...

I really really would like to know what was Steve Job's first reaction holding it in his hands...

DipDog3
Jul 18, 2012, 09:34 AM
If they used today's technology and built an iPad with that thickness, just think of the battery life it would have. Probably be somewhere along the lines of 48 hours use.

Of course it would take forever to charge it...

Patriot24
Jul 18, 2012, 09:34 AM
Basically looks like a white plastic MacBook.

arn
Jul 18, 2012, 09:35 AM
The guy standing with tablet resembles a pic from an old patent

http://www.macrumors.com/2008/05/23/tablet-mac-coming-in-fall-2008/

usptact
Jul 18, 2012, 09:35 AM
In a decade or two, our iPads 2 and "the new" iPads will seem exactly that much thicker than the future products.

davie18
Jul 18, 2012, 09:35 AM
No surprise that they had prototypes that early. I mean I'm sure Steve Jobs said that they were going to enter the tablet market, but then decided to hold off and enter the phone market first instead. I at least remember reading something along those lines.

Apple Key
Jul 18, 2012, 09:35 AM
This is a nice design. It reminds me very much of the white MacBook.

ajvizzgamer101
Jul 18, 2012, 09:36 AM
I wonder if it was functional or for Steve Jobs to hold in his hands because there is no buttons.

Schizoid
Jul 18, 2012, 09:36 AM
Wow, that is monster thick.

yeah but still COOLER than a Samsung!

Gemütlichkeit
Jul 18, 2012, 09:37 AM
That looks so much better than any tablet/slate on the market at the time. However it wouldn't of made as big of a splash being that thick with a mechanical HDD in it.

troop231
Jul 18, 2012, 09:38 AM
The guy standing with tablet resembles a pic from an old patent

http://www.macrumors.com/2008/05/23/tablet-mac-coming-in-fall-2008/

Complete with matching shirt and pants wrinkles!

nednarm
Jul 18, 2012, 09:38 AM
Why do the photos look like they're from the 1940's? I'm pretty sure digital cameras were around 10 years ago.

Allenbf
Jul 18, 2012, 09:38 AM
No surprise that they had prototypes that early. I mean I'm sure Steve Jobs said that they were going to enter the tablet market, but then decided to hold off and enter the phone market first instead. I at least remember reading something along those lines.


All Things Digital, 2010:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pW7dBJmWo1k&feature=player_embedded

lifeinhd
Jul 18, 2012, 09:38 AM
The guy standing with tablet resembles a pic from an old patent

http://www.macrumors.com/2008/05/23/tablet-mac-coming-in-fall-2008/

Wow, down to the shape of his hair!

Dagless
Jul 18, 2012, 09:39 AM
I'd love to know what OS was on that thing, or at least the OS they were planning to use on it.

Allenbf
Jul 18, 2012, 09:40 AM
It's the thickest white thing I've seen since showering earlier this morning. :D

But seriously, thank goodness Apple strives for thinner, sleeker.

kurosov
Jul 18, 2012, 09:41 AM
Why do the photos look like they're from the 1940's? I'm pretty sure digital cameras were around 10 years ago.

Its a copy of a b&w photocopy.

levitynyc
Jul 18, 2012, 09:41 AM
It'll never sell. There is just no market for tablets.

crazy4apple
Jul 18, 2012, 09:42 AM
i would love to know what samsung where doing between 2002-2004 when ive was exploring the vision that would take Tablets to a new height.

let me guess, samsung already developed the Tablet and Apple copied :D,

mabaker
Jul 18, 2012, 09:43 AM
Now show me the Samsung Tab or google Nexus Tab mockups from 2002 please? Android fanboiis? Kindly please?

Diode
Jul 18, 2012, 09:43 AM
Why do the photos look like they're from the 1940's? I'm pretty sure digital cameras were around 10 years ago.

I'm guessing they are scans of a court document. Not the original photo.

jdodoubleg
Jul 18, 2012, 09:43 AM
Wow, that is monster thick.

That's what she said:D

ckelley
Jul 18, 2012, 09:47 AM
Looks like a very simplified iBook with an LCD screen instead of a keyboard and trackpad. I wonder if it was running a G3 chip and some funky touch-friendly version of OS X (not the OS X underpinnings we know now as iOS)? Something like that would be very cool to look at.

Also, pretty sure that's the bezel everyone wanted from the start, but again, to me it looks too small to not have your thumbs interfere when holding onto the edges.

One last thing... were the photos of the device propped up by those little ketchup cups you see at restaurants?? :p

PinkyMacGodess
Jul 18, 2012, 09:48 AM
I really really would like to know what was Steve Job's first reaction holding it in his hands...

I can guess: "This is ****!!! It's too god damned thick! Am I supposed to use this to look up stuff, or beat the hell out of someone!?!? This is ****! WRONG! I thought you guys could come up with something a whole lot better than this piece of crap! It's gotta be THINNER!!! THINNER!!! Cut the weight! And looking at the operations of this, we need something for people to interact with. There has to be a, a button. Just ONE though. Keep it SIMPLE! Simple and THIN!"

WiiDSmoker
Jul 18, 2012, 09:51 AM
I can guess: "This is ****!!! It's too god damned thick! Am I supposed to use this to look up stuff, or beat the hell out of someone!?!? This is ****! WRONG! I thought you guys could come up with something a whole lot better than this piece of crap! It's gotta be THINNER!!! THINNER!!! Cut the weight! And looking at the operations of this, we need something for people to interact with. There has to be a, a button. Just ONE though. Keep it SIMPLE! Simple and THIN!"

This is wrong because SJ didn't even want one button.

PinkyMacGodess
Jul 18, 2012, 09:51 AM
It'll never sell. There is just no market for tablets.

Or like Ken Olsen said, there would probably be only 20 or 30 sold across the country...

NachoGrande
Jul 18, 2012, 09:52 AM
Gosh if that's from 10 years ago imagine what they have in their R&D lab right now! *** wishing I worked for Apple R&D ***

Nozuka
Jul 18, 2012, 09:53 AM
Because they just pulled the dock connector out of their arse on the day of release and magically attached it to devices?

this answer is priceless :D

alent1234
Jul 18, 2012, 09:56 AM
Wow, that is monster thick.

ARM was crap back then

2002 MS introduced a tablet computer built on x86. apple decided to copy them but only released it once ARM CPU's became powerful enough

PinkyMacGodess
Jul 18, 2012, 09:57 AM
This is wrong because SJ didn't even want one button.

Not true! He wanted it 'simple', not uncontrollable. He also had a thing about finality, hence no 'off button'... There had to be a way to stop things happening and get back to the 'home screen'. I'm sure he had a fit with that iPod (was it the Photo iPod) that had the four buttons AND the center button too?

The 'Home Button' was genius. It flew in the face of all of the other ways that a device of its kind could be manufactured. Look at the first Kindle for how brain dead the design *could* have been...

Takeo
Jul 18, 2012, 09:57 AM
"What are tablets good for besides surfing the Web in the bathroom?" - Jobs to staff 2003

MonkeySee....
Jul 18, 2012, 09:59 AM
Looks like we side stepped that land mine :D

PinkyMacGodess
Jul 18, 2012, 10:03 AM
No surprise that they had prototypes that early. I mean I'm sure Steve Jobs said that they were going to enter the tablet market, but then decided to hold off and enter the phone market first instead. I at least remember reading something along those lines.

And Apple R&D was working on a lot of products that never see the light of day. This 'tablet' idea could have been a 'thought experiment' at the time of inception that caught the eye of Steve and started him and others thinking 'what if...'

I had read somewhere that Apple does a whole lot of research and prototype design for different devices and different markets. I had even heard that Apple was working, at one time, on a car stereo head unit with built-in iPod capabilities. Something involving wireless synching and downloading, and potentially using a satellite link for live news and other content delivery. I think that would be too cool and dominate the market, but apparently no one at Apple was interested in fighting the entrenched car audio market.

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"What are tablets good for besides surfing the Web in the bathroom?" - Jobs to staff 2003

Hey, if it works...:D

motorazr
Jul 18, 2012, 10:04 AM
Looks like a cross between an iBook and an iPad... reminds me of some of the speculative mockups of the time!

PinkyMacGodess
Jul 18, 2012, 10:04 AM
Looks like we side stepped that land mine :D

Nearly a manhole cover!

kdarling
Jul 18, 2012, 10:04 AM
The guy standing with tablet resembles a pic from an old patent

http://www.macrumors.com/2008/05/23/tablet-mac-coming-in-fall-2008/

Yep, that's the 2005 US Design Patent 5040889 (http://www.google.com/patents/USD504889) that Apple uses when they sue Samsung.

(Apple's lawyers don't use the far more specific actual iPad design patent, with its Home button, etc.)

"What are tablets good for besides surfing the Web in the bathroom?" - Jobs to staff 2003

At least we know what Jobs did with the early prototypes :)

Btw, at All Things Digital 2003 he also said:

"There are no plans to make a tablet. It turns out people want keyboards. We look at the (idea of a) tablet, and we think it is going to fail.”

That's probably why he asked for his engineers to come up with a decent onscreen keyboard, which they apparently did in the latter half of 2005, and that helped lead them to the choice of using a multi-touch capacitive design for the iPhone.

(A lot of this is a natural design flow once a company gets into touchscreens. For example, I was creating capacitive onscreen keyboards back in the early 1990s for casino systems. Casinos have almost unlimited cash for R&D when they wish.)

PinkyMacGodess
Jul 18, 2012, 10:06 AM
this answer is priceless :D

I'm sure that 'the dock' went through many derivations before it was released as it is now. I'm also sure that the dock is far more capable than its been used for up to this point. All of those connector blades had to have been needed for *something*.

MonkeySee....
Jul 18, 2012, 10:07 AM
"What are tablets good for besides surfing the Web in the bathroom?" - Jobs to staff 2003

"Whats the point of flying cars?" - MonkeySee.... 2012

See what I did there?

bharatgupta
Jul 18, 2012, 10:07 AM
even from those days standard the device looks stunning, laptops were that heavy during those days and this device could have easily won popularity even back then too but age of internet has made ipad what it is today, thanks apple :apple: you!

motorazr
Jul 18, 2012, 10:12 AM
Looks like a very simplified iBook with an LCD screen instead of a keyboard and trackpad. I wonder if it was running a G3 chip and some funky touch-friendly version of OS X (not the OS X underpinnings we know now as iOS)? Something like that would be very cool to look at.

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One last thing... were the photos of the device propped up by those little ketchup cups you see at restaurants?? :p

I think that'd be way too awesome to play with.... just to see what someone was thinking of way back then. I'd put my bets on a g3, since it's got the white enclosure like the late iBook G3s received.. or the iBook g4...

I hope those units are in some Apple hall of fame or Ive's private collection... :)

...and I was wondering the same thing... looks like ketchup cups :D .. back then the money was going into the design team... materials not necessary were out of the budget ;)

alent1234
Jul 18, 2012, 10:13 AM
And Apple R&D was working on a lot of products that never see the light of day. This 'tablet' idea could have been a 'thought experiment' at the time of inception that caught the eye of Steve and started him and others thinking 'what if...'

I had read somewhere that Apple does a whole lot of research and prototype design for different devices and different markets. I had even heard that Apple was working, at one time, on a car stereo head unit with built-in iPod capabilities. Something involving wireless synching and downloading, and potentially using a satellite link for live news and other content delivery. I think that would be too cool and dominate the market, but apparently no one at Apple was interested in fighting the entrenched car audio market.

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Hey, if it works...:D

the idea of tablets goes back to the 1960's. by the middle of the last decade most had given up on it, until apple made a workable product around a SoC instead of a full CPU and a touch screen. otherwise MS was selling tablets when this mockup came out

bharatgupta
Jul 18, 2012, 10:15 AM
I think that'd be way too awesome to play with.... just to see what someone was thinking of way back then. I'd put my bets on a g3, since it's got the white enclosure like the late iBook G3s received.. or the iBook g4...

I hope those units are in some Apple hall of fame or Ive's private collection... :)

...and I was wondering the same thing... looks like ketchup cups :D .. back then the money was going into the design team... materials not necessary were out of the budget ;)

dude its apple, anti info sharing

fredf
Jul 18, 2012, 10:17 AM
Gotta love the commentary about how is looks like the iPad today.

My god, guys. It's rectangular and has a dock connector on the bottom (where it world else would it go?). No home button.

It looks like virtually every other tablet on the market.

Leave us alone with all this b.s.

myrtlebee
Jul 18, 2012, 10:20 AM
Sometimes I miss that iconic white plastic... but the cracks, not so much.

Allenbf
Jul 18, 2012, 10:22 AM
It does make you realize the "Hey, us too!" mentality of Android. Just saying.

And yes, I realize Microsoft had their thing in the past, but let's be realistic...it wasn't like this.

Side note, does Ballmer remind anyone else of Uncle Fester on The Addams Family?

bharatgupta
Jul 18, 2012, 10:22 AM
personally i believe this could have easily been a hotseller like the ipods back then.

this looks really elegant, well designed, not at all bulky as per those day's laptop's standards

but internet usage was not that strong back then like it is today, which solely has made ipad what it is today, its how we use and what we use it for!

apple indeed has a great design and development lab. love :apple:

Schizoid
Jul 18, 2012, 10:22 AM
...just thought, that was probably the Intel version of the proto-pad...imagine what the G5 one looked like!

children
Jul 18, 2012, 10:23 AM
Maybe thicker, but personally I still find something really appealing to it's design... I think the proportion of the black bezel to the white sides maybe...

I really really would like to know what was Steve Job's first reaction holding it in his hands...

"that's *****!" Steve Jobs

bharatgupta
Jul 18, 2012, 10:24 AM
It does make you realize the "Hey, us too!" mentality of Android. Just saying.

And yes, I realize Microsoft had their thing in the past, but let's be realistic...it wasn't like this.

Side note, does Ballmer remind anyone else of Uncle Fester on The Addams Family?
lol @ the unlce fester yeah i always crowned him tihs title..

btw trully agree with u, i was in Graphic design back then in 2005-2006 and i was looking for a touch computer, they were horrible, heat machines that were very costly atleast in my country and so i had to settle for a regular laptop,

there was no true tablet in the market back then and i ve used the windows ones they were pathetic heat machines nothing more or less

davidwarren
Jul 18, 2012, 10:26 AM
Why do the photos look like they're from the 1940's? I'm pretty sure digital cameras were around 10 years ago.

Instagram. Duh.

bharatgupta
Jul 18, 2012, 10:27 AM
Instagram. Duh.

they were shared via myspace as GIFs

MadGoat
Jul 18, 2012, 10:28 AM
It's the thickest white thing I've seen since showering earlier this morning. :D

But seriously, thank goodness Apple strives for thinner, sleeker.

Ahh, I see you opened a new bar of soap...? Yeah Ivory is pretty thick.

Krazy Bill
Jul 18, 2012, 10:30 AM
So Apple says they own the patent on all rectangles with a screen? :eek:

Note to Samsung and Apple: Just "compete" already... We'll decide.

Allenbf
Jul 18, 2012, 10:31 AM
Ahh, I see you opened a new bar of soap...? Yeah Ivory is pretty thick.

Nice one, I commend you :-)

peejay3
Jul 18, 2012, 10:37 AM
In a decade or two, our iPads 2 and "the new" iPads will seem exactly that much thicker than the future products.
How do you knowthat?:confused:

HarryKeogh
Jul 18, 2012, 10:41 AM
Awesome. I knew it was an old prototype when it boasted it's "monocle display".

Frobozz
Jul 18, 2012, 10:42 AM
Wow, that really is amazing to think that Apple had an iPad in their proverbial back pocket for so long. Imagine the other treasures around living room TV simplification that could be hidden for years. Amazing.

bharatgupta
Jul 18, 2012, 10:43 AM
Wow, that really is amazing to think that Apple had an iPad in their proverbial back pocket for so long. Imagine the other treasures around living room TV simplification that could be hidden for years. Amazing.

inception was the product of apple labs

Piggie
Jul 18, 2012, 10:51 AM
No nasty clicky home button popper switch
No nasty thick bezel around the screen

Just shave the thickness down and bring this out for the iPad4 please.

gloss
Jul 18, 2012, 10:54 AM
Gotta love the commentary about how is looks like the iPad today.

My god, guys. It's rectangular and has a dock connector on the bottom (where it world else would it go?). No home button.

It looks like virtually every other tablet on the market.

Leave us alone with all this b.s.

It looks like virtually every other tablet on the market post-iPad. Look up a few from 2002 and tell me what you see.

Michaelgtrusa
Jul 18, 2012, 10:59 AM
A good fight.

damir00
Jul 18, 2012, 10:59 AM
Sounds like Ives wasn't responsible for the iPad design.

iWaldo
Jul 18, 2012, 11:10 AM
Huh. Someone should make a big fat polycarbonate protective case for the current iPad so we can recreate this at home. :p

Waxhead138
Jul 18, 2012, 11:27 AM
I agree that the ongoing patent disputes are arguably very frivolous, what would made a huge difference is whether or not Apple can prove Samsung ever saw one of these prototypes prior to the IPad release. These protos more resemble some of the current Samsung models even more so than the current Ipad.

Rogifan
Jul 18, 2012, 11:33 AM
Sounds like Ives wasn't responsible for the iPad design.

Well according to Walter Isaacson's book when Apple execs were discussing doing a netbook Ive was the one who suggested it have a virtual keyboard because he felt physical keyboards were bulky and expensive.

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It looks like virtually every other tablet on the market post-iPad. Look up a few from 2002 and tell me what you see.
I'm surprised we've gone 74 or so posts without a picture of that Samsung picture frame. :D

deannnnn
Jul 18, 2012, 11:36 AM
This is what my iPad 1 looks like after I've use someone's iPad 2 or 3 for a while.

Caliber26
Jul 18, 2012, 11:39 AM
It's the thickest white thing I've seen since showering earlier this morning. :D

But seriously, thank goodness Apple strives for thinner, sleeker.

I would appreciate if you include a picture with your post. You may also private message it to me. :)

Casiotone
Jul 18, 2012, 11:40 AM
ARM was crap back then

2002 MS introduced a tablet computer built on x86. apple decided to copy them but only released it once ARM CPU's became powerful enough

Apple has been toying with the idea of making a tablet since the early 80s. See this very interesting page (with a lot of nice concept and prototype photos) : http://liquidpubs.com/blog/2010/11/08/apple-their-tablet-computer-history/

Also, the Newton MessagePad was essentially a 5" tablet released by Apple in 1993.

Tiger8
Jul 18, 2012, 11:56 AM
At that time, Apple were probably thinking something along the lines of a 'keyboard-less' laptop rather than the 'supersized iPhone' direction the iPad ultimately went with, hence the lack of Home button

knightlie
Jul 18, 2012, 11:59 AM
ARM was crap back then

2002 MS introduced a tablet computer built on x86.

Which was junk, because Windows was, and remains, unusable on a touchscreen device. Windows 8 might change that, MS have had four years to try after all, but I doubt it.

apple decided to copy them but only released it once ARM CPU's became powerful enough

Apple waited until their tablet device was viable, instead of throwing it out to market regardless of whether it worked or not. Leave that to Microsoft.

Navdakilla
Jul 18, 2012, 12:15 PM
That thing is a beast..
I shouldn't complain about holding mine anymore!

steveh
Jul 18, 2012, 12:26 PM
Why do the photos look like they're from the 1940's? I'm pretty sure digital cameras were around 10 years ago.

Sure, and unless you wanted to spend a bit, the quality wasn't all that good, especially shooting indoors without flash. And yes, Apple's QuickTake cameras had been around since 1994, with 0.3mpix output (640x480).

The pictures look like they were taken with Tri-X or Tmax-400, possibly BW400CN. Cheap, usable in any 35mm film camera, and processing was still available at any drugstore.

iMacFarlane
Jul 18, 2012, 12:29 PM
If I remember correctly, as the device became more and more of a certainty, one of the names I recall was the iSlate. I think that iPatio Brick would have been more appropriate.

AngerDanger
Jul 18, 2012, 12:30 PM
Gosh if that's from 10 years ago imagine what they have in their R&D lab right now! *** wishing I worked for Apple R&D ***

You'd develop a weird case of Cassandra syndrome (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cassandra_(metaphor)) after seeing levitating computers that followed you around and flew to your fingertips with the swipe of a hand. :apple: But you wouldn't be able to tell a sole.

knightlie
Jul 18, 2012, 12:32 PM
Apple has been toying with the idea of making a tablet since the early 80s. See this very interesting page (with a lot of nice concept and prototype photos) : http://liquidpubs.com/blog/2010/11/08/apple-their-tablet-computer-history/

Awesome link. I wonder what MS and the likes of Samsung were doing at that time?

bawbac
Jul 18, 2012, 12:39 PM
Glad to see Apple was inspired by other vendors that preceded their prototype. :)


http://9to5mac.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/tablets-before-and-after-ipad.jpg?w=499&h=700

gertzen
Jul 18, 2012, 12:40 PM
Wow, that is monster thick.

That's what she said... sorry... had too.

ChrisNH
Jul 18, 2012, 12:45 PM
The Apple logo didn't look like that back in early 2000s.

Matthew Yohe
Jul 18, 2012, 12:50 PM
The Apple logo didn't look like that back in early 2000s.

You're right! :rolleyes:

They went monochrome on boxes and such in 1998.

uknowimright
Jul 18, 2012, 12:52 PM
that's the RFD filter on instagram in those pics

derrickearl
Jul 18, 2012, 01:29 PM
www.theapplecollection.com/design/macdesign/dt_ipad.shtml

http://cl.ly/image/1I0m29081n0K

Rootberry
Jul 18, 2012, 01:30 PM
What I like the most are the paper condiment cups holding the chunk up.

g-7
Jul 18, 2012, 01:31 PM
Those photos make this post from 2001 about iPad being like iBook even more interesting :)
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=27

Tinmania
Jul 18, 2012, 01:41 PM
i would love to know what samsung where doing between 2002-2004 when ive was exploring the vision that would take Tablets to a new height.

let me guess, samsung already developed the Tablet and Apple copied :D,
I actually had a Samsung tablet in 2004. It was the new Windows tablet thing that was going to "be big" that year. It was a convertible laptop that could be either a sub-par laptop or a "what is it good for?" tablet. It sucked.

Oh, it used a special pen that allowed the cursor to hover near the pen without actually touching the screen. That was about the coolest part of the whole thing.



Michael

iBreatheApple
Jul 18, 2012, 02:13 PM
Are those being held up on... ketchup cups?

aristotle
Jul 18, 2012, 02:47 PM
It looks like virtually every other tablet on the market post-iPad. Look up a few from 2002 and tell me what you see.
Android supporters apparently do not know how to use search engines.
;)

wyrdness
Jul 18, 2012, 04:10 PM
"Photos of Early iPad Mockup Surface"

Does that mean that Apple will be suing Microsoft next?

Outlaw-D
Jul 18, 2012, 05:02 PM
Why are they using those little "cups" for ketchup as stands? :p

Thiemo
Jul 18, 2012, 05:22 PM
If it had a dock connector it's not from 2002. Dock didn't come out until 2003.

EDIT: Though theoretically, they could have invented the dock back in 2002 (iPod w/dock was released April 03).

They COULD have invented it in the late 90ies. We just don't know.

aliennerd
Jul 18, 2012, 05:40 PM
Don't forget the Samsung Penmaster:-

http://aliennerd.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/20111228-_1020175-1.jpg

http://retrocosm.net/2012/01/01/retrochallenge-samsung-penmaster/

Renzatic
Jul 18, 2012, 05:54 PM
I would appreciate if you include a picture with your post. You may also private message it to me. :)

I ain't got no shame, so I'll post mine right here for everyone to see!

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3018396/ivory-soap.jpg

Caliber26
Jul 18, 2012, 08:36 PM
I ain't got no shame, so I'll post mine right here for everyone to see!

Image (https://dl.dropbox.com/u/3018396/ivory-soap.jpg)

Certainly not what I was hoping for but I guess it'll do. ;)

Cjm1
Jul 18, 2012, 08:53 PM
"What are tablets good for besides surfing the Web in the bathroom?" - Jobs to staff 2003

Well done Sir! You think like Steve Jobs! This statement is very true! i use my iPad in the toilet a fair bit!

powers74
Jul 18, 2012, 09:23 PM
The better part of a decade. Did Apple just slap something together and call it a day? Did they get it working good enough they could sell it with the tech they had on hand? Throw something at the market just so they could compete? No. No. And No. People can trash talk, beat around the bush, make excuses, pontificate, fill in with anecdotes and come up with all the reasons they want all day long. But this is the kind of company Jobs built.

Wait.

Is it right?

Is this the right product?

For now?

Should it be better?

Can it be better?

Let's wait.

Let's make it better.

And when it's perfect.

As perfect as we can get it.

Then we will sell the **** out of it.


I can only imagine what's in their labs now.

Jlrera
Jul 18, 2012, 09:27 PM
it looks like its being propped up by ketchup cups you'd find at Mcdonalds.

AidenShaw
Jul 18, 2012, 09:36 PM
Wait.
Is it right?
Is this the right product?
For now?
Should it be better?
Can it be better?
Let's wait.
Let's make it better.
And when it's perfect.
As perfect as we can get it.
Then we will sell the **** out of it.
I can only imagine what's in their labs now.

You've not only been drinking the Kool-Aid, you've been drinking the spiked Kool-Aid.

http://ncsalceditor.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/kool-aid-man.jpg?w=416

Damn, I wish that I were good enough with Photoshop to add an Absolut Apple overlay to that picture.

http://www.hohmodrom.ru/upload/301/ABSOLUT_APPLE.jpg

chagla
Jul 18, 2012, 09:47 PM
Glad to see Apple was inspired by other vendors that preceded their prototype. :)


but of course you've ignored to see the followings eh:

http://www.hpc.ru/lib/arts/1860/01017023.jpg

or how about these?

http://trog.qgl.org/up/1110/tablets_before_and_after_ipad.jpg

thanks.

golf1410
Jul 18, 2012, 10:04 PM
I wish the new ipad could be this thick, that would be called magical breakthrough. It can alive for a month with a single charge.:p

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I can only imagine what's in their labs now.

I know, I know !

http://obamapacman.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/2.-Bigfoot-spotted-with-mythical-Apple-Tablet-Top-6-funny-fake-Apple-iSlate-iPad-Mac-tablet-spoofs-314x450.jpg

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Image (http://trog.qgl.org/up/1110/tablets_before_and_after_ipad.jpg)

thanks.

Dude, a Tablet was there before christ.

http://obamapacman.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/5.-Apple-Slate-made-of-stone-Top-6-funny-fake-Apple-iSlate-iPad-Mac-tablet-spoofs-433x450.jpg

smallnshort247
Jul 19, 2012, 12:19 AM
I LIKE.. BIG...PADS and I cannot lie.. you know the rest of the song ;)

usptact
Jul 19, 2012, 04:44 AM
How do you knowthat?:confused:

Because I have all Apple designs, blueprints, prototypes for decades in future! :p

hickabob
Jul 19, 2012, 07:02 AM
These pictures make it look like apple was making iPads in the 70s...

powers74
Jul 19, 2012, 09:45 AM
You've not only been drinking the Kool-Aid, you've been drinking the spiked Kool-Aid.


Yeah, that's real funny I guess. And you, imaginably, like using technology, which, while cram packed with every feature possible, is horrendously unrefined, overly complex and complicated to use, such that the average person must overcome arbitrary hurdles on an hourly basis just to get something done.

And you know, that's just fine. If you like using that type of technology, I really don't care. I was just expressing my admiration for a company that goes out of it's way to make my life a little easier for getting my work done. When I get home.. Since I have to put up with the other crap all day at work.

awesomator
Jul 19, 2012, 07:15 PM
Now show me the Samsung Tab or google Nexus Tab mockups from 2002 please? Android fanboiis? Kindly please?

I remember reading somewhere awhile ago that Steve Jobs saw Android in development but did not find it a threat because it was only being tested on phones similar to blackberrys. Once google saw the iPhone change the smartphone market mostly to touchscreen phones they changed development to that form factor.

kdarling
Jul 19, 2012, 10:05 PM
personally i believe this could have easily been a hotseller like the ipods back then.

There have been touch Macs available third party for a long time. I don't think they sell very well. It's the usual need-a-touch-OS problem.

but internet usage was not that strong back then like it is today, which solely has made ipad what it is today, its how we use and what we use it for!

Exactly. Back then, tablets actually needed a landline modem port to communicate and/or a compact flash slot to plug in an even slower wireless modem.

It just wasn't time yet for an iPad type of tablet, even though others had tried to make exactly that now and again through the years.

Sounds like Ives wasn't responsible for the iPad design.

He and about a dozen others are listed on the iPad design patent. As far as the tablet prototype, as I've posted elsewhere, it has Ive's "disciple of Rams" mode written all over it:

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I remember reading somewhere awhile ago that Steve Jobs saw Android in development but did not find it a threat because it was only being tested on phones similar to blackberrys.

Inexperienced reporters said Blackberry, but the devices were actually Windows Mobile phones. Which clearly meant there would be both touch and non-touch versions.

Once google saw the iPhone change the smartphone market mostly to touchscreen phones they changed development to that form factor.

All touch was the top fashion for 2006 concept phones.

My question is, what if Apple had actually followed through with their original plan to make an iPod-wheel controlled phone? Makes me shiver :)

norman grey
Aug 12, 2012, 11:14 PM
It may look thicker, but its overall look remains the same.

powers74
Aug 23, 2012, 11:14 AM
You've not only been drinking the Kool-Aid, you've been drinking the spiked Kool-Aid.


I like to think of it as the Apple Sauce. Thick, creamy and such a nice subtle texture. A classic, if you will.

peejay3
Sep 7, 2012, 08:18 PM
Because I have all Apple designs, blueprints, prototypes for decades in future! :p

Makes sense.:cool: