This Was One Of The Original iPad Prototypes

If you know your bit of technology history, you'd know that Apple was actually working on an iPad before it developed the iPhone. What did those iPad prototypes look like? Well, according to these earliest known photos of an iPad prototype from the early 2000s, it looked really, really fat.

There's definitely hints of the old MacBook in it and the ethos of the current iPad is all there. But from these pictures, this iPad prototype, called Prototype 035, was much thicker -- like a heavy hardcover book as opposed to the light magazine thinness it is today. Network World cleverly dug up the mockup of the iPad prototype by examining the court filings of Apple and Samsung's legal battles. Jonathan Ive even pitched in at court (he was deposed by Samsung) to discuss the mockup:

My recollection of first seeing it is very hazy, but it was, I'm guessing, sometime between 2002 and 2004, some but it was I remember seeing this and perhaps models similar to this when we were first exploring tablet designs that ultimately became the iPad.

So Apple had been working on the iPad for almost a decade, starting in 2002 and then finally delivering it in 2010 with the original iPad. It was worth the wait, if only so it didn't feel like we were working out our biceps every time we picked up this fatty prototype.

[Network World]



    I wonder if it was capacitive or resistive touch? One of the biggest reasons for the iphone's early success was capacitive touch, in my opinion.

      Agreed. I had a resistive touch .. something, I can't even remember what it was .. and capacitive was like a completely different experience. Like I had been stumbling around in a dark room and someone turns the light on.

      Yeah I'll second that. I remember always hating touch phones before the iPhone. And I was resistant to the iPhone until I tried it. Couldn't believe how responsive it was.

      I think you are right on the dot.

      Resistive touch was very awkward unless you used the stylus, and image quality was always poor because of the multi-layered resistive touch sensor.

      I found it wasn't as much how the screen felt but rather how it felt in my ass, so smooth and those rounded edges really helped.

      I saw an interview with Steve Jobs a while ago, my memory of it is a bit hazy, but he said that he wanted to develop a tablet product, with a multi-touch screen. The multi-touch screen was the main aim, then after that they used the technology in the iPhone.

        admittedly, I do think the capacitive was the key more than the multi-touch. 99% of the iOS interface is single touch.

    The guy using the thing is pretty fat too. Not much of an Apple man that one.

      You finally made me laugh. Steve Wozniak, Phil Schiller anyone?

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