Color comparison photos reveal prototype iPad was huge

Yesterday we posted up some grainy black and white images of the original iPad; the images came to light as part of Apple's legal battle with Samsung. As it turns out, the images were photocopies that were also received over facsimile. That accounted for the extremely poor quality.

Now Buzzfeed has gotten hold of some color photos that shows a comparison between the prototype, named "035", and the iPad 2. See for yourself!


Much taller and wider, it resembled the iBook from the time using a white plastic back.


Almost an inch thick to house an Intel Pentium M among other components, it was probably quite heavy.


Here's the headphone jack port.


Although the front doesn't look too different, it still misses the iconic home button.

Buzzfeed doesn't say where these images came from, but it's nice to see the original prototype which was reportedly being developed between 2002 and 2004 in full color, next to a modern day iPad 2.

Source & Images: Buzzfeed

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Makes sense that they'd have an iBook-era iPad, after all, the iPad was in development for 27 years. If you google, "Apple Bashful," you'll notice a tablet that has a design similar to an Apple II or something, cuz, well, that was what the iPad, "looked like," in its concept stages, and the Bashful was the name it was originally going to have. So, yeah, since it was in development for 27 years, it probably has all these different prototypes that reflect different eras of Apple design... Actually, Steve Jobs said at the TED conference that the iPhone was created cuz they realized everything they were putting on the iPad could work on a phone too, and decided they would not finish the iPad's development until they released such a phone...

Ironically, a year after the iPad began development, the 1st tablet to actually release, the Linus Write-Top, began development... That doesn't mean Apple were the 1st people to think of the tablet though; there was some concept tablet that never came out & I forgot the name of that came beforehand...

Is it me or does anyone else think it's pretty weird that Apple has just know decided to show a "prototype"?

Zeet said,
Is it me or does anyone else think it's pretty weird that Apple has just know decided to show a "prototype"?

They had to in court.

I'm still puzzled after reading both articles as to what they are trying to prove by showing this?
If its a prototype what does it matter?
Or is this the Chewbacca defense all over again?

Neobond said,
It's probably to prove that Apple came up with the concept before Samsung?

Apple clearly stole the design from Microsoft's tablet(the one that ran XP) with this prototype.

Zeet said,

Apple clearly stole the design from Microsoft's tablet(the one that ran XP) with this prototype.


Microsoft did not have any device that ran windows XP like this out at the time what they had was a convetable Laptop at the time

notuptome2004 said,


Microsoft did not have any device that ran windows XP like this out at the time what they had was a convetable Laptop at the time

oh good greif the HP slate was not a converted laptop, it was a slate that had an optional keyboard you could attach... which this is a pretty good copy of, and the slate was in production before apple started to design this

neufuse said,

oh good greif the HP slate was not a converted laptop, it was a slate that had an optional keyboard you could attach... which this is a pretty good copy of, and the slate was in production before apple started to design this

Huh? HP Slate was announced at CES 2010 wasn't it? Or were you talking about another one?

I think the main thing here is a device designed around a large glass capacitive touch surface, which is pretty different from the early-2000s Tablet PC devices.

neufuse said,

oh good greif the HP slate was not a converted laptop, it was a slate that had an optional keyboard you could attach... which this is a pretty good copy of, and the slate was in production before apple started to design this


unless your thinking of some other devices the HP Slate did not get announced until sometime in 2010 The prototype we see from Apple is Early 2000s 2000 to 2004 and even if ther was some sort of device out back then . it have many I/O ports on it some buttons and use Pen imput Resistive touch because in all appearances this thing from Apple used huge Large capasitive touch based display only

Stetson said,

Huh? HP Slate was announced at CES 2010 wasn't it? Or were you talking about another one?

I think the main thing here is a device designed around a large glass capacitive touch surface, which is pretty different from the early-2000s Tablet PC devices.

It's literally just an oversized iPhone. So the fact that it has a capacitive screen is pointless. Unless of course Apple was the first company to use the capacitive screen on a device. Maybe the invented that too? I'm sure they think so, or at least their mindless fans do.

Stetson said,

Huh? HP Slate was announced at CES 2010 wasn't it? Or were you talking about another one?

I think the main thing here is a device designed around a large glass capacitive touch surface, which is pretty different from the early-2000s Tablet PC devices.

nooooo... the Compaq TC1000 Slate originally came out over a decade ago, HP was purchasing them at the time and release the TC1100 as a HP Compaq Slate... it is a slate, it was one of the first slates based off the Tablet PC standard that MS put out

notuptome2004 said,


unless your thinking of some other devices the HP Slate did not get announced until sometime in 2010 The prototype we see from Apple is Early 2000s 2000 to 2004 and even if ther was some sort of device out back then . it have many I/O ports on it some buttons and use Pen imput Resistive touch because in all appearances this thing from Apple used huge Large capasitive touch based display only

the slate design was a direct copy of the MS slate standard they set up back in 2000, input method is irrelavent it was still the same design

and Compaq's models used a digitizer that was made by Wacom

Zeet said,

Apple clearly stole the design from Microsoft's tablet(the one that ran XP) with this prototype.

Until the Surface, Microsoft's never made tablets. They've made tablet operating systems, but not tablets themselves...

MASTER260 said,

Until the Surface, Microsoft's never made tablets. They've made tablet operating systems, but not tablets themselves...

Well, except for the Courier, but that never released...

KCRic said,
It's literally just an oversized iPhone. So the fact that it has a capacitive screen is pointless. Unless of course Apple was the first company to use the capacitive screen on a device. Maybe the invented that too? I'm sure they think so, or at least their mindless fans do.


ok the iPhone was Announced back in January of 2007 and launched in june of that year so please tell me how this is just a huge iphone before the iphone was even thought up

KCRic said,
It's literally just an oversized iPhone. So the fact that it has a capacitive screen is pointless. Unless of course Apple was the first company to use the capacitive screen on a device. Maybe the invented that too? I'm sure they think so, or at least their mindless fans do.

Steve Jobs jokingly said they invented it, but used the term, "multi-touch," to refer to it, cuz no one knows what capacitive means...

Looks like they took a white Macbook and turned the screen around, and removed the keyboard. But with a Pentium M processor in it, this is absolutely crazy land for Apple in 2002-2004.

It's so different, you can't really even call it a prototype iPad. It's almost like somebody showing you a picture of a Zune and calling it a prototype Surface.

rfirth said,
Looks like they took a white Macbook and turned the screen around, and removed the keyboard. But with a Pentium M processor in it, this is absolutely crazy land for Apple in 2002-2004.

It's so different, you can't really even call it a prototype iPad. It's almost like somebody showing you a picture of a Zune and calling it a prototype Surface.

Gotta stop Samsung bro.

rfirth said,
Looks like they took a white Macbook and turned the screen around, and removed the keyboard. But with a Pentium M processor in it, this is absolutely crazy land for Apple in 2002-2004.

It's so different, you can't really even call it a prototype iPad. It's almost like somebody showing you a picture of a Zune and calling it a prototype Surface.

It's a prototype? it's to show the design concept what's in it, its size is irrelevant... it's their thought process they are trying to show... Just because it had a pentium processor in it doesn't mean its different, it just means that's what they where prototyping with at the time, being a prototype things change... and obviously the processor didn't meet their requirements and they revised it to ARM chips in a future prototype... the proint is, their design was inprocess, and similiar to their final design, although that design was a direct rip off of the HP slate at the time minus a few features (like buttons, keyboard jack, and the ability to connect devices to it).... but let's ignore that here...