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: Comment by MOS6510
by Thom_Holwerda on Mon 11th Mar 2013 14:03 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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Yeah I'm sad there's no software to show. I guess that was part of the deal allowing the guy/gal to take it home.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Mon 11th Mar 2013 16:11 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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At this stage there was probably not much to see. Most likely some diagnostic stuff to test the touch screen.

Still certainly at later stages they probably had a number of GUIs before settling on what they did.

At first there was no app store, which made the screen layout look a bit odd. You had these small icons, but there was plenty of space. Why not make the icons bigger then? Why go for icons anyway?

Maybe Apple already anticipated that in the future more icons would feature on the iPhone screen, but I wonder if they weren't already planning for 3rd party apps from day one.

If only we had 100% insight in to the thoughts and prototypes of companied not only like Apple, but also IBM where I'm sure they have even more juicy stuff stored in boxes in a dark cellar.

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