Photos of early Apple iPad prototype surface

Macworld Australia Staff
19 July, 2012
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Apple’s first-generation iPad was announced in April 2010, but judging by newly surfaced photos, the company started working on a tablet prototype in the early 2000′s.

Released documents from a US  patent lawsuit between Apple and Samsung feature pictures of the iPad, which have now surfaced online.

First discovered by NetworkWorld, the prototype is visibly thicker than Apple’s first-generation iPad,  a home button also doesn’t appear on the device with Apple’s logo on the back.

In December 2011, Samsung deposed Apple’s Jonathan Ive and, while the full transcript of that deposition was filed under seal, a portion of it was recently released as part of a declaration from Apple’s counsel regarding a Samsung motion seeking to file certain documents of the case under seal, reported NetworkWorld.

“My recollection of first seeing it is very hazy, but it was, I’m guessing, sometime between 2002 and 2004, some but it was I remember seeing this and perhaps models similar to this when we were first exploring tablet designs that ultimately became the iPad,” Ives said during the deposition.

After being asked if he recognised the mockup or prototype that was refereed to as “035″ as being a mockup that the Apple model shop produced, Ives responded: ”I actually don’t know which model shop made this, but I recognize this as a model that was produced during our exploration.”





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