This is an iPad prototype from 2002

Not too long ago we got a chance to see a prototype of Apple’s iPad when it surfaced on eBay, but now we’ve got something even better: as part of their legal battle with Samsung, Apple has released a series of photographs showing an iPad mockup from circa 2002. Boy, have things changed!

Not only did this early iPad run on an Intel processor (it was rocking a Pentium M back when OS X was still firmly in PowerPC land), but it’s quite a visual departure, too. Besides being way, way thicker than even the original iPad, it looks like it follows the same design language as Apple’s other products from that time, which means that it’s made out of the same white polycarbonate as the iMac G4 and MacBook of yore. You’ll also notice that the iconic iOS home button is nowhere to be found.

Some things, on the other hand, haven’t changed at all – despite its chubbier appearance, Apple’s first draft of the iPad didn’t come equipped with the SD slots and USB ports that a very small (but extremely vocal) group of users like to talk about, and really isn’t all that different from the iPad we ended up with. Still, it’s pretty cool to get a chance to have a look at one of those obscure gadgets that never makes its way outside of Jonny Ive’s super-secret Cupertino bunker, right? Check out some shots of the prototype in the gallery below, or head over to Network World for more.

Via: Engadget
Source: Network World | Images via Network World

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wow. one human from an entire planet of idiots actually read the deposition. and found something interesting to share with idiots from said planet full of them. again wow.

It is no secret that the iPhone as we know it was based on a tablet design which has d a multitouch interface. Initially Apple worked on two designs, one based on using the iPod dial, the other on the multi touch interface.

Summing all this up basically shows that the iPod touch, iPhone and iPad basically come from the same background and tbh they are virtually the same device only with a different form factor which is where MSFT will win out in the end as they work from creating an ecosystem which will support a number of different devices sharing the same core but using the most suitable form factor for their purpose. Unless Apple brings OS X to the iPxxx devices they will fall behind over the next few years. But Apple instead is trying to make OS X look more like iOS so that it seems like they are doing the same thing..

So... 2002 eh? When Bill Gates showed off the tablet PC? You can see hidden code on the XP OS bout that tablet XP PC way back on early 2000s... Also those pics probes nothing but a fat ipad nothing more... maybe the exif info from the pics give us some real info. Anyway whatever apple, stop suing everybody and release a real improve not the same thing over and over...

Hidr0 said,
So... 2002 eh? When Bill Gates showed off the tablet PC? You can see hidden code on the XP OS bout that tablet XP PC way back on early 2000s... Also those pics probes nothing but a fat ipad nothing more... maybe the exif info from the pics give us some real info. Anyway whatever apple, stop suing everybody and release a real improve not the same thing over and over...

If I recall correctly, Isaacson's Jobs biography is pretty clear that the iPad was inspired by a Microsoft employee bragging to Jobs about tablets. Jobs, of course, hated styluses, and set out to show them how he thought it should be done

Hidr0 said,
So... 2002 eh? When Bill Gates showed off the tablet PC? You can see hidden code on the XP OS bout that tablet XP PC way back on early 2000s... Also those pics probes nothing but a fat ipad nothing more... maybe the exif info from the pics give us some real info. Anyway whatever apple, stop suing everybody and release a real improve not the same thing over and over...

Before then there was the Compaq TC1000 that had the removable docking station that worked (though not very well) without a stylus or normal pen (really didn't work if you had fat fingers... Thus the need for a cap on a normal pen or the stylus. Unless you set the resolution very large but there was a lot of drag and grab to see everything in applications with your fingers.
This was back in 2001...when it was originally shown around the tech arena.
http://thevooner.com/wp-conten...tabletpc_screen-512x600.jpg

I had test the TC1100 which I had to give back when the testing was done.

DO any of you really think this would make a difference today?? they could offer this to the sheeple masses and say they increased the storage capacity and all you would here is Ooooo and Ahhhhhs at how inventive they were.

tiffanyusa said,
they could offer this to the sheeple masses and say they increased the storage capacity and all you would here is Ooooo and Ahhhhhs at how inventive they were.

I highly doubt it. People are used to a certain thickness and form factor and that prototype looks about as thick as 2-2.5 modern-day tablets. That thing looks about as thick as an Ultrabook and I bet its weight was closer to that than a modern-day tablet.

The article says: "Apple released a series of photographs" (not photocopies); why then are these such poor quality? I'm sure someone said: "make sure they know these are OLD".

wearymadness said,
The article says: "Apple released a series of photographs" (not photocopies); why then are these such poor quality? I'm sure someone said: "make sure they know these are OLD".

They released them to the courtroom. These are probably scans as part of the court records.

bogas04 said,
2002 did have colored photos

Those are not the original photos. When they have been repeatedly scanned and reprinted on old black and white office photocopiers and/or faxed they tend to look pretty terrible.

DirtyLarry said,
These grainy ass pictures look like it was invented in 1972 and not 2002.

that's what you get when you get a twice photocopied picture that some lawyer got distributed to from the person in the courts that made the copies of the evidence to distribute...

DirtyLarry said,
These grainy ass pictures look like it was invented in 1972 and not 2002.

I think they used a better camera and Photoshopped the grainyness ... the world need not have proper HD pics of prototypes

I adore the white polycarbonate designs...

Still adore the old iMac I have and definitely enjoy that at least the Magic Mouse still has the looks of back then.

Great concept, albeit very clunky

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,
I adore the white polycarbonate designs...

That design looks like it belongs next to my toilet.

Glassed Silver said,
I adore the white polycarbonate designs...

Still adore the old iMac I have and definitely enjoy that at least the Magic Mouse still has the looks of back then.

Great concept, albeit very clunky

GS:mac

I'm more of a Bondi guy myself

THolman said,

I'm more of a Bondi guy myself


+1, Bondi is awesome, favorite is white polycarbonate though.
My all time favorite. If I could, I would buy current Apple products with that design, if I could I chose.

Must say though, that the AL & glass designs are REALLY awesome, too.

GS:mac