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MacRumors
Jul 19, 2012, 12:06 AM
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Earlier today, we pointed to some grainy photos of an early iPad prototype (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/07/18/photos-of-early-ipad-mockup-surface-in-samsung-lawsuit-documents/) dating back to the 2002-2004 timeframe, revealing a much bulkier but otherwise fairly similar design to that seen in the device that was ultimately launched in 2010.

BuzzFeed has now posted new photos (http://www.buzzfeed.com/mattbuchanan/the-original-ipad-was-gigantic) showing the prototype in full color next to an iPad 2, a comparison which shows the prototype to carry a much larger screen than seen on the iPad to date. Measuring pixel counts against the ruler shown in several of the photos reveals that the prototype device had a display measuring almost exactly 12 inches diagonally.

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


Compared to the eventually-released iPad's 9.7-inch screen, the prototype device would have had roughly 40% more screen real estate, although it is unknown at what resolution the early device was projected to run.

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


The prototype otherwise bears a distinct similarity to Apple's iBook of the time, carrying a white plastic shell with rounded corners and a 4:3 aspect ratio for the display. The prototype iPad measures in at just under 1-inch thick, compared to 1.35 inches for the white iBook models and the 0.34-0.50 inch range of the iPad models released to the public so far.

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



Article Link: Apple's Early Prototype iPad Had a 12-Inch Display (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/07/19/apples-early-prototype-ipad-had-a-12-inch-display/)



boshii
Jul 19, 2012, 12:07 AM
iTile

mrsir2009
Jul 19, 2012, 12:08 AM
I'd like a 12 or 13 inch iPad :)

FoxyKaye
Jul 19, 2012, 12:11 AM
If this were circa 2004-2005, I'm curious as to what it would have been using for a processor: Intel Atom (which had some Kernel Extensions in Leopard, enabling a generation of Dell Mini 9/10 Hackintoshes, IIRC), ARM, Core or maybe even G4?

Fortimir
Jul 19, 2012, 12:11 AM
It would make sense if it was going to run OS X at the time. A 12" display would be beneficial to a desktop OS. This was before the Air or MBPr would have been technologically possible.

Macman45
Jul 19, 2012, 12:13 AM
:D The i-brick? I doubt they would have had the DEV support either, I'm happy with the new one...The retina screen is a joy to use..I wonder if anybody actually has one of these?

SprodeBoy
Jul 19, 2012, 12:14 AM
Anyone ever know what happened to the iPad with two dock connectors?

FoxyKaye
Jul 19, 2012, 12:15 AM
It would make sense if it was going to run OS X at the time. A 12" display would be beneficial to a desktop OS. This was before the Air or MBPr would have been technologically possible.
Forgot about that aspect, too. The rumors that the "iSlate" was going to run OS X, which later devolved into iOS. And YES, darnit, I know iOS is OS X-based.

Caliber26
Jul 19, 2012, 12:15 AM
I find it interesting that they did experiment with a thinner bezel.

I remember thinking how ugly that wide bezel was, when the original iPad was introduced but now that I own an iPad, and see that Apple made the decision to widen it, it makes complete sense.

Illusion986
Jul 19, 2012, 12:19 AM
I wonder how long will it take for iPad 1/2/3 to look this outdated...

zephonic
Jul 19, 2012, 12:19 AM
I'm glad they made it smaller.

fun173
Jul 19, 2012, 12:19 AM
If I had that I would,

fapfapfapfapfapfapipadfapfap

Caliber26
Jul 19, 2012, 12:20 AM
:D The i-brick? I doubt they would have had the DEV support either, I'm happy with the new one...The retina screen is a joy to use..I wonder if anybody actually has one of these?

I'm pretty sure Jony Ive has one. I would give up my right nut to rummage through that man's house and office/work lab. :)

Fortimir
Jul 19, 2012, 12:20 AM
Anyone ever know what happened to the iPad with two dock connectors?

Sold on eBay. :D

east85
Jul 19, 2012, 12:21 AM
I dig the white plastic design actually, it's so minimal and elegant. Of course with the size, not so much.

afireintonto
Jul 19, 2012, 12:22 AM
I wonder how long will it take for iPad 1/2/3 to look this outdated...

im sure the look isn't going to change much, i mean, the look isn't really even that different from the ipad 1/2/3 and the white plastic ipad.
the thickness is all thats really changed.

im sure in ten years the ipads we are using today will seem so thick and heavy that they will be almost 'unuseable'.

IKBest
Jul 19, 2012, 12:22 AM
i want a 20 inch ipad. with 4k resolution:D

Macman45
Jul 19, 2012, 12:23 AM
I'm pretty sure Jony Ive has one. I would give up my right nut to rummage through that man's house and office/work lab. :)

I wish....That would be SO collectable...Yep, his house would be an Alladins cave of cool stuff, now where do I get an invite?:)

California
Jul 19, 2012, 12:23 AM
There was a company operating at that time that would take your iBook and turn it into a touch screen machine. It was like 1500 dollars.

haruhiko
Jul 19, 2012, 12:23 AM
The iPad 1 still looked a bit like this prototype, just smaller, thinner and with the additional of a home button and aluminum back. The real breakthrough came last year, the iPad 2. The form factor is truly beautiful. With the unbelievably crisp retina display since the iPad 3, we can easily see why Apple dominates this market. ;)

eagandale4114
Jul 19, 2012, 12:24 AM
If this were circa 2004-2005, I'm curious as to what it would have been using for a processor: Intel Atom (which had some Kernel Extensions in Leopard, enabling a generation of Dell Mini 9/10 Hackintoshes, IIRC), ARM, Core or maybe even G4?

Pentium M. Source Anandtech (https://twitter.com/anandshimpi/status/225623450486718464).

aaronsullivan
Jul 19, 2012, 12:26 AM
I'd buy a modern 15" iPad in a heartbeat. Cool to see this prototype as I still own an iBook like it.

spacepower7
Jul 19, 2012, 12:26 AM
Since this development period was just before ( or during ) the the release of the PowerBook 12" this makes perfect sense.

I'm guessing the prototype was G4 12" PowerBook internals mated with the white plastic iBook case.

MaxxTraxx
Jul 19, 2012, 12:26 AM
That thing sure does look good.

I wouldn't mind trying out a 12 inch iPad though

SilianRail
Jul 19, 2012, 12:27 AM
Does it include a cycle of steroids so you can hold it?

uknowimright
Jul 19, 2012, 12:34 AM
looks like it had vents, of course this is only an issue when it's a non-Apple product

iCaleb
Jul 19, 2012, 12:41 AM
It would look sexy next to a G5 iMac.

http://img.timeinc.net/time/gadget/images/imac_g5.jpg

hspace
Jul 19, 2012, 12:43 AM
Given the size of it (& depth), I would assume that this early prototype ran just a touch version of the desktop OS at the time.

kylera
Jul 19, 2012, 12:48 AM
There was a company operating at that time that would take your iBook and turn it into a touch screen machine. It was like 1500 dollars.

Are you referring to Axiotron?

ma432tt
Jul 19, 2012, 01:07 AM
This company is starting to mod Macbook Pros.
www.modbook.com

chimpy0813
Jul 19, 2012, 01:08 AM
I'm surprised that no one has said this.

It look like the 1st Gen iPad was the original iPad mini. 40% smaller than a 12 inch display.

James Bond
Jul 19, 2012, 01:10 AM
Is that screen on the prototype resistive? :eek:

chimpy0813
Jul 19, 2012, 01:17 AM
I'm surprised that no one has said this.

It look like the 1st Gen iPad was the original iPad mini. 40% smaller than a 12 inch display.

Just for the record. I don't think they'll make the iPad any smaller than it is now. Think 7.85 will be a step too far.

Go on apple prove me wrong :-)

Matthew Yohe
Jul 19, 2012, 01:20 AM
I guess this shows how far along Apple really is... Back in 2004 Apple conceived and tossed the idea of "perimeter venting":

http://f.cl.ly/items/0i3m1Q2W0t2l0e3u301h/enhanced-buzz-wide-29946-1342646207-5.jpeg

And today Microsoft is touting a device that will have it soon:

http://www1.pcmag.com/media/images/292706-venting.jpg

Piggie
Jul 19, 2012, 01:22 AM
I'm glad they made it smaller.

I wish they had kept it to a more usable 12" display myself, for adults anyway.
To a child 9.7" probably looks giant, but for an adult man the iPad is quite a small device.

Would you like the option of, lets day a 9.7" and 12" model to pick from, say $100 difference?

Same resolution as iPad3, just larger. I would.

SockRolid
Jul 19, 2012, 01:24 AM
[...] The prototype otherwise bears a distinct similarity to Apple's iBook of the time, carrying a white plastic shell with rounded corners and a 4:3 aspect ratio for the display. [...]

And, in case anybody has forgotten, the smaller 2002 iBook had a 12" screen as well.

macnerd93
Jul 19, 2012, 01:28 AM
its interesting to see what might have been. If only. We could have had an iPad/iSlate 8 years early, personally I don't think the market was ready at that time, since the iPad is very wifi oriented of which many places still lacked back then. if a certain location did have a wifi zone it was usually at a crawling 11mb/s. Its obvious why Apple waited, to perfect it that little bit more and get the iPhone out in the open. As well as waiting for the technology to catch up.

Mr. Gates
Jul 19, 2012, 01:29 AM
Pretty sure that prototype ran OSX

SDAVE
Jul 19, 2012, 01:30 AM
I'd like a 12 or 13 inch iPad :)

That's what she said. :D

stiligFox
Jul 19, 2012, 01:30 AM
And to imagine, it would have had an actual hard drive in it, a la iPod! I wonder what the battery life would have been like had it actually been built back then.

burnout8488
Jul 19, 2012, 01:41 AM
I guess this shows how far along Apple really is... Back in 2004 Apple conceived and tossed the idea of "perimeter venting":

Image (http://f.cl.ly/items/0i3m1Q2W0t2l0e3u301h/enhanced-buzz-wide-29946-1342646207-5.jpeg)

And today Microsoft is touting a device that will have it soon:

Image (http://www1.pcmag.com/media/images/292706-venting.jpg)

That's hilarious, the vents look nearly identical too.

ComputersaysNo
Jul 19, 2012, 01:48 AM
You can expect more of this cool tech-historystuff as some judge decided that a lot of stuff that was filed under convidend 'evidence' by either Apple or Samsung, was considered not-so-secret at all.

If i can find the translated link of the trial, i'll post that :)

bikemonkey
Jul 19, 2012, 01:52 AM
I wonder how long will it take for iPad 1/2/3 to look this outdated...

I dunno man. I personally think both exhibit a timeless quality. The prototype looks like a modern piece of technology (when we consider modern technology to be < 6 months old).

phatspider
Jul 19, 2012, 01:53 AM
I used to love my 12" Powerbook which I owned about the same sort of time :)

kembriz66
Jul 19, 2012, 02:04 AM
Because I used those discs to back my work up in about 1989 while at the Financial Times. At that time we were just moving into what we then referred to as, “New Technology” and the person responsible for sourcing the computers was an Apple Mac freak so we had Apple Macs.

AQUADock
Jul 19, 2012, 02:09 AM
I love seeing Apple prototypes, it just shows how apple waits for the right time to release there products.

Lancer
Jul 19, 2012, 02:14 AM
I'd like a 12 or 13 inch iPad :)

No this is the iPad I want!

http://tinyurl.com/7hbmxhn
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y263/lancer1993/gallery/startrek-ipad.jpg?t=1342681993

But being serious I agree that prototype might have been a flop, too thick/heavy and probably no battery life like we have in the iPad as we know it.

bharatgupta
Jul 19, 2012, 02:19 AM
well its very impressive as per those day's standard and very well designed, its very neat and would have easily gained popularity back then.

in those days laptops were like that and why wouldn't people want this.

i like it, it had a touch interface which was something very far from consumer technology back then

though internet usage was not that crucial like it is today which has solely made ipad popular, its the usage model for a particular product.

Apple has decent stuff coming from labs i gotta tell you.

bharatgupta
Jul 19, 2012, 02:34 AM
Truly remarkable prototypes. Samsung to launch a 12 inch tablet next year?

12 inch screen makes sense, i can predict that the next ipad will be exact same size as that of a mb air 11 inch screen anything above that will be non-intuitive to use for things like touch typing n stuff, 11 inch is the bar.

it would also have to be remarkably lighter with decent enuf battery life, yeah i vote that sort of rumor

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TheWhiteBox
Jul 19, 2012, 03:14 AM
<speculation>
This prototype used the same 12" display that was used in the iBook G3 of the time, and it was 1024x768.
</speculation>

plexdk
Jul 19, 2012, 03:15 AM
Its also fun to see that its the first black bezel, with a glass surface back in 2002.

ChristianJapan
Jul 19, 2012, 03:21 AM
here comes again the dream of a 12" full-scale iMacPad with full OSX.

technically a MBA with a touchscreen on top. that would sell like hot cake.

RobertMartens
Jul 19, 2012, 03:29 AM
I'm pretty sure Jony Ive has one. I would give up my right nut to rummage through that man's house and office/work lab. :)

Now that is disgusting.

Rummaging through a man's house. That's just wrong.

BTW Jony has twin daughters.

iMikeT
Jul 19, 2012, 03:53 AM
iBook Tablet.

nick_elt
Jul 19, 2012, 04:05 AM
G5pad

pimentoLoaf
Jul 19, 2012, 04:31 AM
That Apple had designed something 6-8 years before it came out suggests Jobs has given Cook a ton of stuff to develop over the next 6-8 years. :eek:

Hopefully. :cool:

tdream
Jul 19, 2012, 04:51 AM
An A4 sized tablet would be perfect for magazine viewing.

Baklava
Jul 19, 2012, 05:04 AM
This device could be the one, Steve talked about @ D8.

http://youtu.be/jdbvAdINPPA

haruhiko
Jul 19, 2012, 05:17 AM
An A4 sized tablet would be perfect for magazine viewing.An A4 sized screen would be 14.3" diagonally and to have the same PPI (264) as the iPad 3 the resolution will be roughly 3086 x 2182, more than 2 times the pixels of the iPad 3 :eek:

norwaypianoman
Jul 19, 2012, 05:33 AM
I am WAITING for an 14,3 inch - A4 iPad.

ChrisTX
Jul 19, 2012, 05:35 AM
So does anyone know when the first Mod Book Pro devices shipped? I'm guessing maybe a little after this time perhaps? Either that's one thick iPad!

Cjm1
Jul 19, 2012, 05:36 AM
Theres one thing that this prototype iPad has over the new one. Plastic back!
:apple:

jmgregory1
Jul 19, 2012, 05:48 AM
I agree with others who have said this - I'd love to see Apple go up in size with the iPad, as well as going down in size. There are instances where having a smaller form factor and a bigger form factor could be beneficial.

Of course making anything bigger adds weight and the requirement for more processing power, which forces the need for bigger batteries, which further drives weight up. It will take some major tech advances to make this possible - just like the tech advances required to make the iPad we see today possible.

kurosov
Jul 19, 2012, 05:49 AM
If I had that I would,

fapfapfapfapfapfapipadfapfap

I guess you would need to do exercises to build up arm strength.

iasky
Jul 19, 2012, 06:08 AM
It goes to show you that Apple learned its lesson from the Newton.

All great ideas need to wait for the right time. The 2004 iTab would have been too big, too costly, too heavy ...just like the Newton.

I'm glad they waited.

Now let's put out that 12" iPad Apple!

rpe33
Jul 19, 2012, 06:32 AM
Now that is disgusting.

Rummaging through a man's house. That's just wrong.

BTW Jony has twin daughters.

Dude, chill...it was a joke.

You don't have to get all creepy on us.

Allenbf
Jul 19, 2012, 06:33 AM
So the current iPad IS the iPad Mini? :D

fatboyondiet
Jul 19, 2012, 06:33 AM
Pretty sure that prototype ran OSX

Why so? The way hardware gets better and smaller every year, I think they probably made it to test/develop software - and run iOS. Knowing that they would only launch the iPad 6 to 8 years later, Apple should have been aware that hardware would look totally different by the time of the launch.

I'd say software would have been the really interesting thing to Apple at the time.

Allenbf
Jul 19, 2012, 06:35 AM
I'm surprised that no one has said this.

It look like the 1st Gen iPad was the original iPad mini. 40% smaller than a 12 inch display.

Darn you beat me to it. :-) Should have read all the comments first.

Mistrblank
Jul 19, 2012, 06:39 AM
I find it interesting that they did experiment with a thinner bezel.

I remember thinking how ugly that wide bezel was, when the original iPad was introduced but now that I own an iPad, and see that Apple made the decision to widen it, it makes complete sense.

Well I'd hardly consider it fair, given it's weight and girth, you weren't likely to be holding it up in one hand. You'd have to crux it in your to work with it, preventing the need to grip the device like you can with the current ipad, thus eliminating the need for a wide bezel.

671417
Jul 19, 2012, 06:59 AM
Image (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/07/19/apples-early-prototype-ipad-had-a-12-inch-display/)
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I'd like a 17 inch iPad that has 4 gigs of RAM.
With such a large display, I would also like a split screen mode that lets me run more than one app on screen at a time.

hickabob
Jul 19, 2012, 07:00 AM
The thickness is laughable! But it is just a prototype...

MrXiro
Jul 19, 2012, 07:20 AM
Does it include a cycle of steroids so you can hold it?

Hit the gym ya wimp. Jk

Chrisg2014
Jul 19, 2012, 07:29 AM
I don't like the rumor of an iPad Mini but if this was a rumur I would kind of be happy. LOL


It really just looks like Apple took the screen of it White MacBook.. Awk

Takeo
Jul 19, 2012, 07:51 AM
Hit the gym ya wimp. Jk

This prototype must weigh 5 pounds or more. If someone came out with a 5 pound wrist watch no one would want it no matter how much they "hit the gym". iPad is a similar thing. You could be holding it for hours. So the lighter the better. 1 pound would be amazing but probably not possible with today's battery technology.

Gemütlichkeit
Jul 19, 2012, 07:53 AM
glad they made it the way they did. prototype is too large and of course way too thick. they made the right choice to wait it out until better technology comes around.

however i can see android phones becoming the size of that prototype :o

Takeo
Jul 19, 2012, 07:53 AM
Here are some thoughts on why Apple should make a 14 inch iPad:



Apple has been working on this for 10 years now but apparently we armchair quarterbacks have all the answers and know what people want.

G51989
Jul 19, 2012, 07:56 AM
I'd like a 17 inch iPad that has 4 gigs of RAM.
With such a large display, I would also like a split screen mode that lets me run more than one app on screen at a time.

Its called a laptop ;)

Apple Key
Jul 19, 2012, 08:04 AM
The ratio of the screen looks odd on it, especially after seeing the 9.7 inch for so long.

iZac
Jul 19, 2012, 08:06 AM
Looks like they tore the screen off a G4 iMac, and that's no bad thing :P

Bigsk8r
Jul 19, 2012, 08:10 AM
That Apple had designed something 6-8 years before it came out suggests Jobs has given Cook a ton of stuff to develop over the next 6-8 years. :eek:

Hopefully. :cool:

This is in the vein of what I was thinking as I reviewed both articles about this.

Basically, if Mr Jobs and Mr Ives had been investing time in various iPhone, iPad, and iMac variants from 2001 forward, then think of what could still be out there that they have designed but is just waiting on smaller electronics and better processing advances to become a reality.

It's cool to think about...

KdParker
Jul 19, 2012, 08:11 AM
I wonder how long will it take for iPad 1/2/3 to look this outdated...

2 years...

jake0112
Jul 19, 2012, 08:27 AM
As much as it looks outdated now, it is still much better looking than anything that was on the market at the time.

charlituna
Jul 19, 2012, 08:43 AM
Anyone ever know what happened to the iPad with two dock connectors?

like the teardrop iPhone it was likely a myth. an idea that was mocked up and then rejected.

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But being serious I agree that prototype might have been a flop, too thick/heavy and probably no battery life like we have in the iPad as we know it.

At that point in time the notion of internet in your pocket/bag was not as great. Some folks were still using dial up at that point so wifi was still way off for them. certainly wasn't any at starbucks and such.

so this would have been still a computer you basically used at home and might have been fine. if they had released it we might have seen all this thin, light so it's easy to carry and awesome battery kicking up a bit faster. And iOS might not have happened on the tablets. A scaled down Mac OS X with a touch level would have been the game. Or we might have seen iOS much earlier if the real reason they didn't release this tablet was a feeling that the software wasn't appropriate.

Mad-B-One
Jul 19, 2012, 08:50 AM
So does anyone know when the first Mod Book Pro devices shipped? I'm guessing maybe a little after this time perhaps? Either that's one thick iPad!

Their homepage says Fall 2012.

Some_Big_Spoon
Jul 19, 2012, 08:53 AM
Pentium M: http://www.techspot.com/news/49453-ipad-prototype-photos-surface-in-legal-documents.html

If this were circa 2004-2005, I'm curious as to what it would have been using for a processor: Intel Atom (which had some Kernel Extensions in Leopard, enabling a generation of Dell Mini 9/10 Hackintoshes, IIRC), ARM, Core or maybe even G4?

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Still is: http://www.modbook.com

There was a company operating at that time that would take your iBook and turn it into a touch screen machine. It was like 1500 dollars.

deannnnn
Jul 19, 2012, 08:58 AM
It would make sense if it was going to run OS X at the time. A 12" display would be beneficial to a desktop OS. This was before the Air or MBPr would have been technologically possible.

I was thinking this too. I would love an iPad that ran full on OSX.

Navdakilla
Jul 19, 2012, 09:00 AM
That looks crazy, glad they waited to perfect the design and release such a amazing device.

My family now has 4 (3 Ipad2's and one New one), and honestly mom and dad love it

671417
Jul 19, 2012, 09:02 AM
Its called a laptop ;)

You mean the one that was discontinued?

The cool thing that about a 17 inch iPad would be that it ought to cost a lot less than the MBP 17.

G51989
Jul 19, 2012, 09:30 AM
You mean the one that was discontinued?

The cool thing that about a 17 inch iPad would be that it ought to cost a lot less than the MBP 17.

There are other laptops out there other than apple ;)

If you really want a giant tablet, those dual touch screen i5 iconias are pretty huge lol

nightcrwlr
Jul 19, 2012, 09:54 AM
If this were circa 2004-2005, I'm curious as to what it would have been using for a processor: Intel Atom (which had some Kernel Extensions in Leopard, enabling a generation of Dell Mini 9/10 Hackintoshes, IIRC), ARM, Core or maybe even G4?

I had the same question, but that being said , I can't see the birth of iOS around that time .... I wonder if they where thinking of putting a full fledge Mac OsX , hence the thickness of the unit.

Regardless , had they released it , would have been a sweet product. :cool:

shamino
Jul 19, 2012, 10:35 AM
If this were circa 2004-2005, I'm curious as to what it would have been using for a processor: Intel Atom (which had some Kernel Extensions in Leopard, enabling a generation of Dell Mini 9/10 Hackintoshes, IIRC), ARM, Core or maybe even G4?
You're assuming that this prototype was fully functional. It might've been a design-model, intended only to demonstrate the look, feel, weight, etc. It might not have any electronics in it.

Given the size, it might also have been a hacked-up iBook. Take an iBook, remove the keyboard, attach the screen to the lower case and add a touch screen (a-la the ModBook), and now you've got a platform where you can run UI experiments. If they did that, then it would've been a G3 or G4.

I personally doubt that this prototype was ever seriously intended to be sold as a product. I think it was just an experiment to try out different design aspects.
YES, darnit, I know iOS is OS X-based.
In the early days of the iPhone, they even called it "OS X".

I suppose, if you would map out the family tree here, you'd end up with something along the lines of:

BSD, Mach, and a few other techs --> Darwin
... + many system frameworks --> OS X
... ... + Mac-like UI frameworks --> Mac OS X
... ... + touch-based UI frameworks --> iOS

I wonder if anybody actually has one of these?
I would be shocked if more than one or two were ever built. And it would surprise me greatly if they could run any software aside from, perhaps, some basic UI-test applications.

I was thinking this too. I would love an iPad that ran full on OSX.
You probably wouldn't like it. Mac OS X is really designed around a pointer/keyboard paradigm. It would be painful on a touch-only platform. While you could probably manipulate the Finder and many system dialogs, I think most apps would have inaccessible features.

Although it's not an exact match, go install a Magic Trackpad on a Mac, and disconnect all your other input devices. I don't think you'd enjoy working with the result.

dgree03
Jul 19, 2012, 10:47 AM
You know what is funny about this, that the prototype is 12in, and looks IDENTICAL to almost every other tablet available from 2000-2009. As a matter of fact, I can venture to guess the iPad protoype was 12in because ALL OTHER tablets at the time were 11-12in, so they were copying the TREND at the time.

People around here act like apple is exempt from gaining influence from current devices.:rolleyes:

PS I think a 12in-14in iPad would be awesome if they made it operate more like OSX.

MrXiro
Jul 19, 2012, 11:09 AM
This prototype must weigh 5 pounds or more. If someone came out with a 5 pound wrist watch no one would want it no matter how much they "hit the gym". iPad is a similar thing. You could be holding it for hours. So the lighter the better. 1 pound would be amazing but probably not possible with today's battery technology.

It's a joke... JK=Just Kidding.

Roessnakhan
Jul 19, 2012, 11:21 AM
Almost.

uknowimright
Jul 19, 2012, 01:00 PM
before this came to light, tablets that had vents and laptop parts (also actually running software) were crap

after, (without even showing evidence of running software) are revolutionary

oh the logic

ChrisTX
Jul 19, 2012, 01:47 PM
Their homepage says Fall 2012.

Obviously they've been shipping for years now. I was too lazy to check myself, and was hoping someone here might know.

E365
Jul 19, 2012, 01:54 PM
I'd actually love an iPad with basically the same total dimensions as a standard 8.5" x 11" sheet of paper. That would be something like a 12" diagonal screen. With iPads nearly replacing computers for many people, they could use more real estate.

Mad-B-One
Jul 19, 2012, 01:57 PM
Obviously they've been shipping for years now. I was too lazy to check myself, and was hoping someone here might know.

Yea, I mean the kits for the new ones are coming in Fall 2012. I thought that was your question. I just looked at their page and saw your question :D

kockgunner
Jul 19, 2012, 03:06 PM
This size may have made sense if it weren't for the weight. The thing that bugs me about the iPad is that the keyboard is just a bit smaller than a regular one. I'm surprised SJ let that pass because a full size keyboard was one of the selling points of the MBA so it seemed like it would be one of the tent pole features of any Apple product.

alfistas
Jul 19, 2012, 03:42 PM
If this were circa 2004-2005, I'm curious as to what it would have been using for a processor: Intel Atom (which had some Kernel Extensions in Leopard, enabling a generation of Dell Mini 9/10 Hackintoshes, IIRC), ARM, Core or maybe even G4?

The Intel Atom was released in 2008... and Arm wasn't powerful enough at the time. So it was either an early Pentium M or a G4. Probably a ULV-PPC G4 though as the case has no noticeable vents or fans for an Intel chip...

ChrisTX
Jul 19, 2012, 08:51 PM
Yea, I mean the kits for the new ones are coming in Fall 2012. I thought that was your question. I just looked at their page and saw your question :D

Oh, sorry. It was a general question, because I remember seeing the original ModBooks long before the first iPad ever shipped. Granted it ran full non optimized OSX, it was still pretty cool.

Meandmunch
Jul 19, 2012, 09:14 PM
I would take a 12 inch iPad thats a third thinner than my iPad 3 in a heartbeat. My dreams of Star Trek future have almost come true!

671417
Jul 19, 2012, 09:21 PM
There are other laptops out there other than apple ;)


Yes, before I returned to Apple I used a series of Toshibas and Lenovos including some 17 inchers. They were all unreliable crap running terrible OSes, be that Windows or Linux. The only OS that felt right on a PC was Haiku and AFAIK it's still in alpha.

G51989
Jul 19, 2012, 09:36 PM
Yes, before I returned to Apple I used a series of Toshibas and Lenovos including some 17 inchers. They were all unreliable crap running terrible OSes, be that Windows or Linux. The only OS that felt right on a PC was Haiku and AFAIK it's still in alpha.

Cheap models? I've had a couple of Dells, none of them ever gave me an issues.

Gotta say, my 18 inch alienware is epic, sure it was 6200 bucks, but fliesssssss.

I personally can't stand OSX snice lion.

Last Apple laptop I purchased was a orginal macbook pro, great machine. To bad it'll be the last :(

chris7777
Jul 19, 2012, 10:32 PM
I find it interesting, the aspect ratio is the same. So apple either has considered 4/3 long before the original ipads release, or its a carry over from Pre HD days.

after having some real hands on with My very own Ipad, I can now see why they Kept 4/3 It works in the hands rotating much easier, and is more usable in vertical than 16/9. I also now concede the thickness of the border that I used to think was too thick, but I now see as the perfect width to hold the tablet on the edge without touching active digitizer area.

MacSince1990
Jul 19, 2012, 11:09 PM
Almost undoubtedly 1024x768.

If this were circa 2004-2005, I'm curious as to what it would have been using for a processor: Intel Atom (which had some Kernel Extensions in Leopard, enabling a generation of Dell Mini 9/10 Hackintoshes, IIRC), ARM, Core or maybe even G4?

It said circa 2002-2003. Either way, it was almost undoubtedly running a version of Mac OS X (Panther), and a version of the G3 CPU.. probably a modified version of Gobi at around 500 MHz. Atom didn't exist in 2002 -_- ....and Leopard lol? 2007? 5 years later?

OrangeSVTguy
Jul 19, 2012, 11:17 PM
There's our Powerbook G5. iPad powered by G5.

But does look like the modbook of the time. A iBook G3/G4 in a new shell with the optical drive removed.

FoxyKaye
Jul 20, 2012, 09:40 AM
[QUOTE=Some_Big_Spoon;15281016]Pentium M: http://www.techspot.com/news/49453-ipad-prototype-photos-surface-in-legal-documents.html

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A few folks sourced this on the thread, I'm only quoting the last - thanks! Pentium M fits right in with the Marklar rumors of the era.

I have to wonder if something as thick as the prototype would have been as popular as the iPad is today.

JoEw
Jul 20, 2012, 02:30 PM
looks like it had vents, of course this is only an issue when it's a non-Apple product

or when it goes to market..

Fandongo
Jul 20, 2012, 03:25 PM
Does it include a cycle of steroids so you can hold it?

Maybe if you're age 5... or 105.

They should release an official modbook pro like this.
Some people want real power and don't want to flip open and set down their device. #whitepeopleproblems.

Fandongo
Jul 20, 2012, 03:37 PM
Cheap models? I've had a couple of Dells, none of them ever gave me an issues.

Gotta say, my 18 inch alienware is epic, sure it was 6200 bucks, but fliesssssss.

I personally can't stand OSX snice lion.

Last Apple laptop I purchased was a orginal macbook pro, great machine. To bad it'll be the last :(

Alienware has the ONLY laptop i've seen with an HDMI IN (and out).
Which I assume would make it a viable DSLR monitor/external recorder(?).

...too bad it's heavier than a new human :(.
And too bad Apple was too stupid to put either HDMI or Thunderbolt in the iPad.

syndalis
Jul 20, 2012, 04:27 PM
Alienware has the ONLY laptop i've seen with an HDMI IN (and out).
Which I assume would make it a viable DSLR monitor/external recorder(?).

...too bad it's heavier than a new human :(.
And too bad Apple was too stupid to put either HDMI or Thunderbolt in the iPad.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD098ZM/A

?

G51989
Jul 20, 2012, 05:04 PM
Alienware has the ONLY laptop i've seen with an HDMI IN (and out).
Which I assume would make it a viable DSLR monitor/external recorder(?).

...too bad it's heavier than a new human :(.
And too bad Apple was too stupid to put either HDMI or Thunderbolt in the iPad.

I'm pretty happy with mah alienware, good thing I only buy a new laptop every 5ish years lol.

And for those of you who say " wahhh! 10lbs! ". I say, don't be a whimp.

scores87
Jul 20, 2012, 08:59 PM
I guess this shows how far along Apple really is... Back in 2004 Apple conceived and tossed the idea of "perimeter venting":

Image (http://f.cl.ly/items/0i3m1Q2W0t2l0e3u301h/enhanced-buzz-wide-29946-1342646207-5.jpeg)

And today Microsoft is touting a device that will have it soon:

Image (http://www1.pcmag.com/media/images/292706-venting.jpg)

Little detail you missed, Microsoft is a software company and apple is a hardware company,

Fandongo
Jul 22, 2012, 03:12 AM
I'm pretty happy with mah alienware, good thing I only buy a new laptop every 5ish years lol.

And for those of you who say " wahhh! 10lbs! ". I say, don't be a whimp.

Totally agree from a computer perspective.
But as a portable monitor replacement...
I don't think this (http://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-237HD-Heavy-Duty-Super-Clamp/dp/B00009R6AY/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1342943683&sr=8-6&keywords=manfrotto+magic+arm+kit) will hold it up :D, whereas the iPad wouldn't stress it at all.

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MD098ZM/A

?

Mirroring... Yeah, i got excited for my phone having an hdmi port (perfect handheld monitor, right?)
Then I realized I'm retarded.

HDMI is like necrophelia...it doesn't go both ways.

You can use Canon's DSLR utility via USB2...
But USB2 can only deliver about 10fps.
Useless.

DeeEss
Jul 22, 2012, 03:55 PM
I REALLY want a 13 or 15" iPad!!!!

slu
Jul 31, 2012, 12:31 PM
though internet usage was not that crucial like it is today which has solely made ipad popular, its the usage model for a particular product.


what!??!?!?!?

iasky
Aug 10, 2012, 08:10 AM
Little detail you missed, Microsoft is a software company and apple is a hardware company,

So the Xbox is a Hologram...cool! :)

Lesser Evets
Aug 10, 2012, 01:08 PM
I REALLY want a 13 or 15" iPad!!!!

Same here. Perfect.

Some_Big_Spoon
Apr 1, 2013, 06:56 PM
No :) But I'm late to reply. If they'd have released it at the time of the prototype, it would have owned the market, but Apple didn't think it was ready. I'd rather "ready" than "here now" :)

[QUOTE=Some_Big_Spoon;15281016]Pentium M: http://www.techspot.com/news/49453-ipad-prototype-photos-surface-in-legal-documents.html

[COLOR="#808080"]

A few folks sourced this on the thread, I'm only quoting the last - thanks! Pentium M fits right in with the Marklar rumors of the era.

I have to wonder if something as thick as the prototype would have been as popular as the iPad is today.