iPhone Started as 'Safari Pad'?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The New York Times's John Markoff reveals that the iPhone began life as a "Safari Pad":
    This adds a bit of information to a revealing Wired article which reported that Apple engineers had spent about a year working on a Tablet PC before being redirected to the iPhone project.

    Recent rumors have suggested that Apple may be reviving a mini-tablet project with a device 1.5 times the size of the current iPhone/Touch. The rumored Apple device is expected to also incorporate Apple's touch OS X that currently powers the iPhone. Adding to our expectations, Apple executives have described their mobile devices as the first "mainstream Wi-Fi mobile platform" with a belief that the new Software Development Kit (SDK) will broaden this platform even more.

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  2. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
  3. xbigman15x macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2008
    Wichita, Kansas
    Is there some speculated price range of the tablet?
    Additionally, what is the purpose of the tablet?
  4. David G. macrumors 65816

    Apr 10, 2007
    Mobile safari pad, eh. It's kind of funny, I'm at a restaurant now posting on my iPod touch. That ability is just awesome.
  5. Kar98 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 20, 2007
    What, a device Apple users have been begging to be allowed to buy from Apple of a decade? Why would Apple offer something like that? :rolleyes:
  6. macintel4me macrumors 6502

    Jan 11, 2006
  7. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    O! Are you suggesting the Tablet I've waited a decade for is rumored to arrive?!
  8. cowboy fan macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2008
    They all start out as rumors.
  9. Zwhaler macrumors 603


    Jun 10, 2006
    Very interesting, but I don't think we will see a tablet this year at least. Perhaps at next Macworld, and I have a feeling that if we see a tablet like computer, it won't be a tablet, but something radically different yet fimilar enough to be considered a tablet (just like apple does with most of their products :D)
  10. xbigman15x macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2008
    Wichita, Kansas
    Personally, i think the iphone is a much more ideal product than a tablet used for, well probably what the touch is used for. No wonder Jobs switched them to the iPhone.
  11. neven macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2006
    Portland, OR
    "Allowed"? You make it sound like Apple had the iPhone, multi-touch and all, ready to go in the 90s, but they were too busy rubbing their hands in villainous laughter to rain it down on you.

    I'm sure dozens of different mini-computers landed on Steve's desk and were promptly returned because he hated them. Even the current iPhone, great as it is, has many hurdles to jump before it becomes a full-on tablet device.

    The ease with which one can photoshop the Apple logo onto the picture of a 6" all-screen device nowadays fools many into thinking that Apple can obviously make such a product easily. It's not just hard to do; it's hard to know just *what* to do.
  12. mikky05v macrumors member

    Mar 3, 2008
    i like the idea of a pad laptop

    doubt i would purchase one unless they get real creative with the prices..
  13. MacGeek7 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 25, 2007
    i think the term you're looking for there is "tablet"
  14. LizKat macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    Bets on whether handwriting recognition is involved?

    And if so.. then... still no stylus?
  15. asdavis10 macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2008
    Bowie, MD
    Alright Apple, get those engineers and programmers back to work on a tablet Mac.
  16. Diode macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2004
    Washington DC
    I highly doubt this ... but what do I know?

    Could be a perfect platform for the intel Atom chip.
  17. AoWolf macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2003
    Daytona Beach
    We heard rumors of this incredible mobile apple device showing up in back rooms of obscure apple events here and there. I wonder if these devices were indeed real and became early iPhones.
  18. neven macrumors 6502a

    Oct 10, 2006
    Portland, OR
    You can have that today with Ink if you use a pen+tablet. Try it on a Cintiq 12WX and you'll get an idea of what a 12" tablet with that type of input would be like. I'd really hate it if that was my main method of text entry - it's clumsier than T9, let alone iPhone's keyboard.
  19. iJesus macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2007
    Reno, Nevada
    Have you read the rumors on the patents apple has for hand writing recognition?

    You simple pretend you have a stylus in your hand and the screen recognizes it as such.
  20. tuneman07 macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2007
    IDK about all this tablet talk, but when I first saw the Iphone I thought it would have been cool if it was a bit bigger. I know everyone is obsessed with small but as a guy who wears baggy pants quite a bit the Iphone could easily probably be 2 times as big and still be just as portable. I just want a bigger screen- maybe a fold out Iphone??? that would be cool.
  21. Gherkin macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2004
    Maybe all the recent rumors about an Apple Tablet coming out are just referring to this now defunct R&D project that evolved into the iPhone?
  22. tirerim macrumors regular

    Aug 4, 2006
    Yeah, that's what I was thinking. Though the rumors have persisted, despite the iPhone proper probably having started development at least two years ago, so maybe not.
  23. ezekielrage_99 macrumors 68040


    Oct 12, 2005
    It really wouldn't surprise me if we seem an Apple PDA within the next few month especially after Intel has announced the release of Atom.
  24. Demon macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2004
    on earth
    First thing's first!

    Just get 3G on the damn iPhone first! what country still uses EDGE for data??!? :confused:
  25. Demon macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2004
    on earth
    i would be in complete shock if that happened in the next few months. They can turn the Touch and iPhone into a decent PDA with the SDK. A brand new device is not practical at all. (in the next few months)

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