Early iPad Prototype Reminds Us Just How Thin Tablets Have Become

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One pleasant consequence of the seemingly never-ending string of lawsuit after lawsuit between smartphone companies is that some pretty interesting stuff can come to light that the public otherwise wouldn’t be privy to. Sometimes, that comes in the form of an executive’s testimony, giving us some new insight into old business decisions, but then there are cases like today’s where there’s some actual evidence to check out; in the course of all the proceedings between Apple and Samsung, Apple showed-off one very early prototype of what we now know as the iPad.

When we say “early”, we mean it, because while the first iPad debuted in 2010, this tablet dates back to sometime around 2002-2004. While it’s a pretty basic stab at the iPad hardware with which we’re now familiar, there are definitely some elements here that made it through to the finished product, including that docking port on the bottom edge.

More than anything, we’re struck by how very thick this model is. There are probably numerous reasons for that; maybe Apple based it around off-the-shelf hardware rather than using too many custom boards at that early stage of development. Suffice it to say, we’re quite glad Apple kept chipping away at its design over the years, rather than rush something that looked like this to market.

Source: Network World
Via: BGR

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!