Apple Prototypes Show iPhone, iPad Designs That Never Came To Be

Earlier this month, we got a couple looks at an early iPad prototype design, as revealed through legal filings stemming from the ongoing battle between Samsung and Apple. Those showed a very thick construction, and we mused at the time that we might hope to see further revisions of the design come to light as more documents like this were unearthed. Sure enough, a whole flood of new imagery has since been discovered, showing-off a kickstand-enabled iPad as well as a number of alternate iPhone designs.

It looks like Apple had a couple different designs going for an iPad with an integrated stand. One shows a bit of a recessed area on the tablet’s rear where the stand hardware would presumably tuck away when not in use. Another displays a very unusual design with a ball-and-socket joint dead-center on the iPad’s back, from which the stand itself extends.

Among the notable iPhone prototype designs, there’s one model that looks a bit like an iPod nano, featuring a very tiny screen that’s not even half the full length of the phone’s face. There’s also a very squared-off design with a heavily bowed rear, and a model with its corners cut-off for a look that’s reminiscent of some of Motorola’s current designs (or maybe a Battlestar Galactica prop)

These models clearly represent a lot of different ideas being thrown around by Apple’s design team; we’ve got very spartan designs, some with multiple colors, some with home buttons, and some without. A few look like they might actually make nice phones, while others have us wondering just what Apple might have been thinking. Check out a selection of these prototype designs below:

Source: BuzzFeed, The Verge

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