More dusty Newton prototypes have emerged from the archives as everyone's busy dry-cleaning their favourite black turtlenecks in preparation of Apple's tablet announcement. The Bic, or Cadillac, hit the FCC but never quite made it to shelves.
Uploaded to Flickr by user Jimabeles, he says that he saw the prototype at a "mobile computing development group" at Coke (no idea if he means Coca-Cola, or another company), saying that:
"Apple was more or less searching for a reason to build the tablet and never did find a market. I have no idea how many exist. I only know of one other and it is in a computer museum in California."
Jimabeles claims this Bic (or Cadillac) had two PCMIA card slots, a retractable I/O door, removable battery, infrared, microphone and speaker, along with an ARM 610 20MHz processor. It never made it past the FCC doors, but as the tablet world is busy undergoing some major changes, it's fascinating to look back at the models that Apple didn't actually launch. [Flickr via NowhereElse]