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See Apple's unreleased 1993 W.A.L.T phone in this video

By midian182
Apr 10, 2019
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  1. Australian iPhone leaker Sonny Dickson posted the video of the working prototype device, which was originally revealed at the Macworld event in Boston in 1993.

    W.A.L.T was certainly advanced for its time. Not only did it work as both a phone and a fax machine, but it also gave users online banking access, had a touchscreen and stylus, and featured Newton-style handwriting recognition. It even came with a built-in address book, caller-ID, and customizable ringtones.

    The device was designed in both white and the gray color shown in the video. It was designed in partnership with telecom company BellSouth, ran a customized version of Mac OS 6 on its hard drive, and was produced from PowerBook 100 parts.

    Apple ultimately decided to terminate the project, and the W.A.L.T phone was never sold to the public, but we do see prototype units floating around online, including one that was sold on eBay for $8,000 in 2012.

    Being quarter of a century old, the W.A.L.T unit in the video does take a while to boot up, and the lag when using the stylus is painful, but it was pretty cutting edge for its time, and you can see how the iPhone can trace its ancestry back to the device.

    Interestingly, MacRumors notes that these early prototypes came with unusual manuals that gave owners obvious advice, including not using W.A.L.T near water, to avoid dropping it, and not to step on the connected cables.

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  2. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,017   +734

    I had a Palm 3xe. Up till this point, it was the most amazing device I'd ever had outside of gaming.

    Later I got a HP Jornada 525. Color display, attached Model, attached camera...easily the most advanced handheld I'd ever had till that point. I had plans of getting the Jornada phone 928.

    Apple was smart not to bother with this style of PDA. The iPhone truly was a "leap frog product".

    I can't even imagine how many companies and products Apple KILLED by releasing the iPhone in 2007.
     

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