Early 2005 iPhone Prototype Looked More Like a Thick iPad Mini

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    Ars Technica shares several photos of an early functional prototype of the iPhone from 2005, revealing a device closer in size to a thick iPad mini than an iPhone.

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    The photos were sent to Ars by an anonymous former Apple employee who worked on the project in the early 2000s. The prototype is 5x7 inches in size, and nearly two inches thick - though much of the thickness was to accommodate features like serial and Ethernet ports installed purely to use the device in a development environment.
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    Ars Technica points out that the Samsung ARM chip used is "a distant relative of the chip the first iPhone ended up using, just older and slower."

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    Wow! It's so thin.
     
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    that's a table, not a tablet
     
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    Dainty little item that would fit well in the pocket, and come in handy for slicing meat, if necessary.:p
     
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    Serial port... nice! Amazing how prototypes use available technology and then morph into what we have today.
     
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    lol isn't this more like an iPad prototype?
     
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    Wow, that is an Atari VCS joystick port right?
    Why did they scrap that feature? :(
     
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    As usual, Android copies Apple! Samsung Note is a ripoff of the original iPhone!

    :D :apple:
     
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    In the PC world... that is called a serial port.
     
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    Are you sure this isn't a pic of a Galaxy S 4? Look at those USB/VGA beauties! :p
     
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    Thank god the iPhone was released at a later date when everything was a bit smaller. :eek:

    Also, I wonder what the earlier oses were like :rolleyes:
     
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    That's a serial port, not VGA.
     
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    Is this the device that sat on a shelve until Steve picked it up and thought of a phone ? Which later became the iPad ?

    Or is this after he thought of the iPhone ?
     
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    NOT VGA, serial port!

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    Seems like the very first prototype.
     
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    Is it bootable so we can find out?
     
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    No offense to some, as I like Apple products...

    But had Apple released THAT, I'm sure SOME people would still be calling it the best thing since sliced bread.
     
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    seems like the magnetic pull is already upon your person :D
     
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    It seriously amazes me the amount of people who consider themselves "tech savvy" that cannot distinguish the difference.
     
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    This beast beats all of Samsung's gigantic phones! :eek:
     
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    Typically a prototype will look nothing like the final product.

    Any embedded system starts life out in a similar fashion. Phones, tablets, etc. Even though that board looks nothing like an iPhone, at it's heart they are both the same (or in this case, very close to the original).

    Look at the Beagleboard:

    http://beagleboard.org/

    Or the Pandaboard:

    http://pandaboard.org/

    They are both ARM development boards meant to speed the process of developing some sort of embedded system that is targeting the OMAP3/OMAP4 series of processors. The above pictures are simply Apple's version of these boards.
     
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    Very interesting! Love to see how the iPhone has developed throughout the development phases.

    Would have loved to see some of the old OS prototypes it ran. :eek:
     
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    I don't know how well a phone would work tied into an Ethernet connection. You'd have to have some seriously long cords available to be 'mobile'.
     
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    That really could be anything. Nothing to suggest its an Apple product.
     

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