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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Generic board
by biffuz on Tue 12th Mar 2013 00:18 UTC
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This is just a generic ARM development board installed on a touch screen kit. It's not a phone, it has no battery, wifi, or bluetooth, how can it be an "iPhone prototype"? It isn't a prototype of nothing - or everything, depending on how you see the world.

There is nothing to identify this as coming from Apple, or even used by them. Actually it seems barely used at all. It's obvious that Apple had to start from something like this, there's nothing to be excited about.

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RE: Generic board
by MOS6510 on Tue 12th Mar 2013 06:12 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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RE[2]: Generic board
by biffuz on Tue 12th Mar 2013 12:27 in reply to "RE: Generic board"
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It's not a prototype. You can't buy an industrial engine, strap it to a wooden chassis and call it a Ferrari prototype. At most, this was just used to port the OS and test the GUI (but you could do the same on a PC with a touch screen attached).
It may have some historical interest, but as there isn't anything to identify it as being used from Apple, its value is null. Assuming it's not an hoax, of course.

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