Early iPhone Prototype Had 5x7-Inch Screen [Photos]

Posted March 11, 2013 at 2:08pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 8079 views

New images have surfaced on ArsTechnica of an very early iPhone prototype with a 5x7-inch screen. The images were sent to the site by a former Apple employee who worked on various projects for the company in the early 2000s.

The early prototype had USB ports, an Ethernet port, and a serial port. These connectors weren't intended for the final product but it made working on the prototype easier.

The early prototype is also quite large—about 5"×7" and roughly two inches thick. "Seems large now," our source said, "but at the time it was really impressive seeing basically a version of OS X running on it. "From the looks of the logic board photos, Apple had a decent idea in 2005 of where the iPhone would end up, even if the final product became much more integrated.

Notably, the prototype used an ARM9 chip revealing that Apple intended to use Samsung made ARM chips from the beginning. The chip shown below was reportedly clocked at 200-233MHz. The first iPhone was released in 2007 with an 620MHz ARM11 chip underclocked to 412Mhz.

Take a look at the photos below...

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ThePirate - March 11, 2013 at 6:46pm
You must be a complete m0r0n or just can't read, this was a prototype mockup of the FIRST iPhone.......... Btw it would've been really nice if they left a micro USB¡!¡
samuel waugh - March 11, 2013 at 5:31pm
a 5x7 inch screen? thats way to big to be a smartphone screen, im sure this is something else
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