Apple iPad Concept Photo, Old iPad Photos, Samsung Apple Lawsuit

It’s always a blast into the interesting and the fun to see how far technology has come in the past decade, and how far it has yet to go. In this case, we’re looking at the former: at an early edition of what became the iPhone and later the iPad.

Who knew that the concept of an Apple tablet led to what we know as the first iPhone? It’s a fact that Steve Jobs made mention of back in 2010, at an appearance at All Things D, realizing that Apple was capable of building a handset based on the technology it pieced together for a multitouch display.

Now, thanks to the Apple and Samsung court filings and a bit of digging by the folks at NetworkWorld, some early concepts for an Apple slate have come to light.

“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,” I’ve said in the deposition. “I actually don’t know which model shop made this, but I recognize this as a model that was produced during our exploration.”

Anand Shimpi of AnandTech pointed out that the first iPad prototype used a Pentium M processor.

We certainly have come a long way, haven’t we? Check out the rest of the photos below and leave your comments on what you think of what is technically the world’s first iPhone/iPad.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at