Apple's First iPad Prototype is Nearly Ten Years Old
In January 2010, Apple raised the curtain on its long-rumored tablet computer that we've all come to know as the iPad. But as new details come to light about the creation of this market-dominating device, it's clear that the iPad wasn't something Apple rushed into.
When Steve Jobs debuted the iPad two and a half years ago, a number of doubt-filled critics wondered if the masses were truly ready for this type of product. As we now know, the mobile market was more than ready. But just imagine how vociferous those critics would have been if Apple unveiled the first-generation iPad back when the company first started tinkering with the prototype.
On Wednesday morning, images of the earliest known iPad prototype emerged in a report from Network World. In December of last year, Samsung deposed Apple Senior Vice President of Industrial Design Jonathan Ive. Now, some of the issues discussed during the deposition have surfaced in Apple/Samsung court filings that were obtained by Network World. For starters, the first iPad prototype was created a long time ago.
"My recollection of first seeing it is very hazy, but it was, I'm guessing, sometime between 2002 and 2004... I remember seeing this and perhaps models similar to this when we were first exploring tablet designs that ultimately became the iPad," Ive revealed.
As we can tell from the image presented, Apple didn't stray much from that initial prototype in terms of the general look and feel of what became known as the first generation iPad. As Steve Jobs once personally attested at the All Things D conference in 2010, the iPad was, indeed, an idea stewing in his head for quite a while. "I’ll tell you a secret," Jobs admitted. "It began with the tablet. I had this idea about having a glass display, a multitouch display you could type on with your fingers. I asked our people about it. And six months later, they came back with this amazing display. And I gave it to one of our really brilliant UI guys. He got [rubber band] scrolling working and some other things, and I thought, ‘my God, we can build a phone with this!’ So we put the tablet aside, and we went to work on the iPhone."
Source: Network World