Apple's first touchscreen phone prototype dates back to 1983
posted by Victor H. / Dec 30, 2011, 7:36 AM
Curious how the iPhone would have looked like in 1983? Apple turns out to have indeed been working on a touchscreen device back then as an early prototype dating back to nearly 30 years ago was found. Designer Hartmut Esslinger stood behind the design, but it seems he was ahead of his time.
Esslinger was then hired with a million dollar contract and tasked to craft a unique design strategy to bring Apple from just another Silicon Valley start-up into the global brand that it is today.
Sure, the prototype you’re seeing on the picture is a landline rather than a mobile phone, but nonetheless it’s revealing that such a technology was imagined back then. Sadly, except for the picture we have no more details about what features would the device have. Interestingly it also comes with a stylus, something Steve Jobs condemned in the iPhone and future iOS devices.
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Ladies and gentlemen what you are now looking at it is the Iphone 5...........!!
posted on Dec 30, 2011, 8:02 AM 26
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touch screens have been around a long time. I remember using them on monochrome computer screens as a kid. The I played the original leisure suite larry on an orange monochrome touch screen lol. just remember, the password is "ken sent me" :)
posted on Dec 30, 2011, 9:36 AM 5
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those were toys remix.. not gadgets.. lol
posted on Dec 30, 2011, 11:23 AM 4
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wow, so apple is the inventor of all things cool. Thanks iphonearena! You just had to let us know.
posted on Dec 30, 2011, 1:00 PM 0
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Cute article. But interested we're you got your info. Looking the picture. Looks like they were testing a device that can send e-checks and any other data via through its phone service like a fax machine. And ths product was an all in one product that can be a phone or data data transfered device that all went through your phone line. Not having anything to do with an iphone concept. You wouldnt say old egypt was working on the US dollar bill cause they built pyramids. But had a different purpose. Yes, ill give you that the iphone and the all in one product have more similarities. But from the picture I see that this product was an all in one concept that never was inproduction because of the lack of it being a good idea. So, just curious, did you find the pictures on google and decided to formulate your own ideasor do you actually have actual info??
posted on Dec 30, 2011, 1:28 PM 6
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exactly... this has nothing to do with the iPhone concept... any implementation of the touchscreen is today connected to the iPhone? that's just crazy... Apple didn't make the first smartphone, neither the first touchscreen, nor the first touchscreen smartphone...
posted on Dec 30, 2011, 10:33 PM 1
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And of course google was working with theirs in 1982, right fandroids? lol.
posted on Dec 31, 2011, 7:49 PM 0
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