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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RE: Generic board
by MOS6510 on Tue 12th Mar 2013 06:12 UTC in reply to "Generic board"
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It's an early prototype. I think your points are valid though, but I can imagine things like batteries, WiFi & Bluetooth are relatively "easy" and be added in a much later stage.

What Apple probably tried to find out first if they could run OS X on it at a reasonable speed and if you they could make a touchscreen.

Once that works it's easy to just add all the extras and see if you can fit it in a case.

This prototype is very interesting, because it comes from a period in time where Apple didn't really know where they and it would be going. Tablet, phone, size, specs.

Apple wasn't in to tablets or phones, unlike other companies who knew from the start what they would be making.

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