Here is how the iPhone was imagined before there was an iPhone

Here is how the iPhone was imagined before there was an iPhone
January 9, 2007 went down in history as the day when Apple kick-started a revolution in the mobile industry. That's when the first-generation iPhone was announced by the company's former CEO, Steve Jobs. The announcement, however, wasn't that big of a surprise as rumors and speculations about an Apple-made phone had been circulating the web for a long time. In fact, some of these rumors turned out to be on the right track. Others, however, were way off at predicting what this "iPhone" would look like and what it would be capable of.

You see, people were not familiar with the all-touch user interface concept back then. Common form factors included flip phones, candybar phones with numeric keypads, and BlackBerry-like smartphones with physical QWERTY keyboards. That's why those who attempted to imagine what the rumored iPhone was going to look like wrongfully used an existing form factor as a reference point. The resulting mock-ups and fake iPhone leaks couldn't be more wrong.

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  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1400 mAh(8.00h talk time)



1. John.v2

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 08, 2014

justin beiber of phones

4. Daniel.95

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

This is WTF that apple should be.

2. swiekekodok

Posts: 58; Member since: Jul 19, 2014

Look a like my Air Conditioner remote.... LOL....

3. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Its like looking back at movies made in the 1970s with what they thought the year 2000 tech would be

5. Sreddy unregistered

Not bad for concepts for that time.

11. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

#4 would have been pretty cool. None of them were as good as the actual Iphone though.

6. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Nice... Has less bezels than the iPhone 6...

7. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

soooooo before they ripped the concept from some unnamed company(s) this it what it would've been hmmmm? IMO this is where they should've gone if so maybe they wouldnt say every rectangle ttouchscreen phone was a copy of the iphone.

12. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

These aren't pictures that were made by Apple....

8. VHMP01

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

Ugly as Apple unless they 'Copy'! Original iPhone = Samsung’s S700 Mp3 Player iPhone 4 & 4S = LG’s Prada Steve Jobs’ own words: “We have been ‘ShameLESS’ about stealing great ideas”.

16. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

finish the quote if you're gonna say it ;) !

9. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

I just want a smart flip phone.

10. mamadathu

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 01, 2014

5 lookz great

13. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Apple haters have got to be the dumbest people on Earth...

14. HildyJ

Posts: 342; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

While it is true that phones at the time used hardware buttons for easy number and text entry, the all touch UI was a common feature of Palm PDAs (and others). What was innovative about the iPhone was the use of a capacitive screen rather than a resistive screen. They lost the stylus input and handwriting recognition that the Palm was based on but gained easier recognition of finger taps.

15. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Is it possible to mistake a calculator for a phone? Phones didn't really look like a calculator back in the days did it...?

17. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

without android where would of been no iphone

18. pulkit1

Posts: 354; Member since: Jul 03, 2014

lol you hight bro or just on a mission to re-wright history ?

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