Court Documents Reveal “Highly Confidential” iPad and iPhone Prototypes
The court documents for Apple’s upcoming jury trial against Samsung have revealed a number of very early iPad and iPhone design prototypes. Ironically, the prototypes have some resemblance to mock-ups of the company’s next-generation handset. These prototypes were found in unredacted court exhibits which were filed recently, offering a look at the extremely secretive design process that Apple products typically undergo before reaching consumers.
Although Apple typically goes through great lengths to keep pictures such as these out of public view, it has been forced to release the information as part of a July 30 jury trial against Samsung. Judge Lucy Koh previously called for open proceedings, meaning much of the normally-redacted evidence won’t be considered as trade secrets and is therefore free for public viewing.
As far as the prototypes go, some of them are farfetched design studies for the iPad, such as a model that includes a built-in stick kickstand, while others appear closer to consumer ready products. Some of the other prototypes had “iPod” markings, which shows that Apple considered positioning the tablet within the media player line.
Apple’s iPhone prototypes, they looked pretty similar to the smartphone customers use today, with a few key differences. One example us an iPhone which takes the form of an elongated candy bar and has a screen taking up only half of the unit’s face. Most of the designs never made it out of testing but some elements can be seen in current and possibly future products. An image of a two-tone backed iPhone looks similar to mock-ups of Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone. The feature was somewhat present on the original iPhone as well, covering to allow radio waves to pass through to the unit’s antenna assembly, though that seems to have disappeared in future iterations of the device, which are now glass-backed.
Overall, it’s pretty interesting to see the prototype designs and see the difference between the products in the testing stages and when they are released to the public.
Source: The Verge