Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Mar 2013 13:39 UTC
Apple "This early prototype has a number of ports that we're used to seeing more commonly on computers than on mobile devices, including USB ports, an Ethernet port, and even a serial port. Apple never intended for all of these to make it into the final product, of course - our source said that because this was a development prototype, ports like Ethernet and serial were included simply to make working on the device easier." Fascinatingly awesome.
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iPhone? Or tablet?
by Laurence on Mon 11th Mar 2013 15:12 UTC
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I'm sure I read somewhere (possibly even from an article posted on here) that the iPhone project originally started out as a tablet and was only later decided to refocus as a smart phone.

I'll try to dig out a link later but this prototype would certainly support that assumption.

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I'm not going totally mad, it was posted on here: http://www.osnews.com/story/26373/Apple_s_iPhone_the_untold_story

It all began as a tablet

The iPhone actually began as a tablet project. Indeed, Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller testified that the success of the iPod and the disruptive effect it had on the music industry prompted Apple to think about what other industries it could tackle.

The iPod, Schiller explained, "really changed everybody's view of Apple both inside and outside the company." Schiller said that as ideas were tossed about regarding Apple's next leap, everything was fair game, with some at the company going so far as to suggest Apple look into developing a stand-alone camera, or even a car.

But once some of the more grandiose ideas began to dissipate, the Apple brain trust began focusing their attention on creating a tablet.

Source: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/091312-apple-iphone-262421.ht...


Edited 2013-03-11 15:20 UTC

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