Early OG iPhone prototypes leak out, clash a virtual click wheel with icon-based UI (video)

The iPhone's 10th anniversary the other day prompted a flurry of retrospective articles and sales analysis, but Sonny Dickson's video from today takes the OG noise to a whole new level. The guy doesn't leak often, but when he does, the parts or prototypes he posts are the real deal and disclose a lot about upcoming iPhones or iPads.

This time around, however, Sonny Dickson went down the memory lane, and posted two of the original engineering prototypes that predated the OG iPhone - P1 and P2. The P1 concept was apparently headed by Tony Fadell, and heavily based on the ultrapopular at the time iPod. We have showed you the P1 unit before, down to the virtual click wheel on a barebones OS version with more limited functionality. The P2 on the right is the new and more interesting tidbit here, as its hundreds of iterations became the OG iPhone.

The P2 project was tasked to Scott Forstall, who led the original software development team for the iPhone and iPad. Needless to say, the rudimentary icon and app-based touch interface that you see on the P2 prototype here, is the one that won the heart of Steve Jobs, and ultimately started the whole touchy-feely smartphone shebang we are witnessing now. Both devices are running something called Acorn OS, hence the little squirrel food logo upon initial boot. Then the logos split - the P1 shows a regular iPod one, while the P2 which is running a complete mobile OS in an early alpha form, shows an octopus logo. 

The fun doesn't stop here, as there are the typical geeky messages left as Easter eggs at the bottom, concerning battery level indication, but changing from "Wow, isn't this ugly" to "My cat's breath smells like cat food." All in all, P1 and P2 look like a work in progress on the first edition of what will later become the most successful consumer electronics product of all times, and the culprit behind the $240 billion in cash and equivalents that Apple can boast with now.



1. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

The most important electronic innovation in history.

2. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Whoa, chill down dude. I believe that the iPhone did revolutionize the smartphone market, but "the most important electronic innovation in history"? Have you been smoking mosquito coils?

7. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Looks like he doesn't know that what does "courage" truly means.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

iSheep...........brainwashed by apple! You must be pretty stupid!

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

He admitted himself that he's an i-sheep.

6. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

It(cnour) already admitted every time, and it always swear black is white. #Brainless It always salty while saw some good news for Android and cons about Apple.

9. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014


13. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

This animal totally have kiddo mind! LMAO

11. sissy246

Posts: 7112; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO There are a lot more important electronics then this.

12. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

It would be a shame if that phone didn't have transistors or electricity...

4. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1420; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

And funny enough the bezels only got bigger

8. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

....and the prices too, Steve Jobs promised us cheaper iPhones and was going the right direction with the iPhone 3G and 3GS, and that's where it all ended.

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