Early iPhone prototype used 5x7-inch display, multiple I/O ports

By on March 11, 2013, 11:30 AM

Extremely early images of an iPhone prototype have surfaced showcasing a massive 5-inch by 7-inch display and a bevy of I/O connections. The “handset” measured nearly two inches thick and predates the first iPhone launched in 2007 by two years according to a former Apple employee that worked on various hardware projects in the early 2000s as reported by Ars Technica.

As you can see, the device included a number of ports typically found on computers including an Ethernet jack, a serial port and even USB ports. As the publication points out, these connectivity options were never intended to make it into final production but rather were included to make working on the prototype easier for developers.

Interestingly enough, at the time of this prototype, nobody really knew what the final product would morph into. The product more resembles a crude iPad than the comparatively sleek iPhone that was shown a couple of years later. The unnamed source points out that it seems rather large now but at the time, it was impressive to see this sort of hardware running a version of OX S.

The source goes on to highlight the fact that Apple's top brass had a pretty good idea in 2005 of where the iPhone would end up from the looks of the logic board even if the final product ultimately became much more integrated. The ARM chip appears to be a variant of the Samsung S3C2410, an older and slower version of what eventually ended up in the first Apple phone.




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1 person liked this | soldier1969 soldier1969 said:

I had the Iphone since release up until the 4. Was tired of waiting for a bigger screen so now I have the Galaxy Note 2, plenty big for my tastes. Sadly the Iphone seems to be losing its muster since. Samsung is the new Apple.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

The size of cell phone screens are going from ridiculous to sublime now.

JC713 JC713 said:

I had the Iphone since release up until the 4. Was tired of waiting for a bigger screen so now I have the Galaxy Note 2, plenty big for my tastes. Sadly the Iphone seems to be losing its muster since. Samsung is the new Apple.

The note 2 is huge, but the Galaxy S4 is supposed to be just half an inch less. I wont be surprised if the note gets bigger lol. I hope Samsung introduces a new mini, with the same specs, but just a smaller screen.

1 person liked this | p51d007 said:

Shoot, put a case on it, market it as the new iPhone and the drones would line up around the block LOL

TS-56336 TS-56336 said:

I bet that in five years this exact model of iPhone will become popular with retrophile hipsters of the future.

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