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Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Belly-laughs, Feb 4, 2007.

  1. Belly-laughs macrumors 6502a

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    In fact, Apple filed a patent for the true :apple: phone way back in ´82.

    Patent Drawings
     
  2. Nuc macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think they would have sold to many of those.

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    I'd imagine that thing would be the size of a dozen Apple combined, had it been constructed back then!
     
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    Kinda makes you glad Apple waited 25 years before releasing the iPhone, eh?
     
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    If that was a cell phone, and not just a 'designer home phone', then it would actually have been reasonably small for 1982. Back then, most cell phones were suitcase affairs. The Motorola 'brick' cell phone didn't even come out until 1984.

    (The linked article calls it "the first cell phone", but that's disingenuous. It was the first hand-held cell phone. There were cell phones before that, but they were the aforementioned 'suitcase' style phones, or car phones.)
     
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    That's funny! Nice retro look. Kinda like those Lips Phones.

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  10. KREX725 macrumors regular

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    When I was a kid in the 80's, we had a football-shaped phone that looked very similar in design. It was free with a subscription to Sports Illustrated, if I remember correctly. Maybe (hopefully) Apple was exploring this idea as a promotional item.

    My only recollections of the football phone was that it easily broke and hung up on people, so let's hope Apple has come a long way in quality! :p
     
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    the sad thing is that half the people on our forum would buy that if it came out this instant!;)
     
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    That's not sad, that's obsession. :)
     
  13. holamiamigos macrumors 6502a

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    imagine if that apple phone would double as a self defense weapon
     
  14. Sean7512 macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure about the iPhone being a self defense weapon, but these Sprint phones sure are defense weapons ;)
     
  15. dextertangocci macrumors 68000

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    Lol, is that a real advert?
     
  16. mac-er macrumors 65816

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    Yes it is.
     
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    The even sadder thing is that I was thinking that, I'd buy one :eek:.
     
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    :eek: no color screen? :p

    That aside, I'd buy one if it came out, if just for the sake of having one :D
     
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    If you ask me, I think its pretty sexy...I'd buy one just becuase its Apple:cool:
     
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    I think the first thing Steve Jobs & Woz created was some sort of device that let you call long distance for free. Perhaps something actually did come of this... I'll look it up.

    Edit: Yup, they called them Blue boxes, but I guess they were illegal, so I'm guessing the phone is something else.
     
  22. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

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    it could, that thing is HUGE!:p
    it'd be funny if that came out as a cell, it would look so...
    imagine a man or woman in a business suit walking down walstreet with that :p
     
  23. portent macrumors 6502a

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    Not a cell phone

    Back in 1982...there were very few cell phones in general use, and only one potential cell carrier (The Bell System.) So I very much doubt that this was meant to be a cellular phone. Probably a novelty desk phone, like the R2-D2 phone, or the Duck phone.

    Back in the 80's, having a phone that didn't look like the Standard Dial Phone was a big deal.
     
  24. ebouwman macrumors 6502a

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    i would imagine that that would be the case, nobody would really buy it for a serious cell phone.
     
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    I'd buy one. i see a mod project in my future for a razr of mine. You could cram some batteries in that thing.
     

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