The iPhone today is a hit with new editions released every year. And it’s always attracting much public attention. However, during the two and a half years that preceded its launch in June 2007, it was only a project that has developed secretly within Apple’s labs .
Yesterday (19), The Verge website published a long report showing the original prototype of one of the main smartphones already created by mankind. At that time, it was still called internally “M68” and “Purple 2“.
The most curious thing about the iPhone M68 is that it was not all assembled inside a compact and visually appealing device. Such as the device shown by Steve Jobs to the public. Its components were scattered across a circuit board that looked more like a conventional motherboard.
iPhone M68, the original iPhone prototype. (Source: The Verge / Tom Warren)
An anonymous source offered the images posted by the site who responds on Twitter by the nickname Red M Sixty. It is the first time that this device has published photos. And the images show an organization that resembles that of a PC of the time. But with some differences, such as support for SIM card and built-in camera.
There are several connectors scattered across the board, as well as ports, switches and buttons. Also, the volume knobs and Home button were present. The buttons were all well away from the screen. And the screen was attached to the corner of the board. There was also, for example, an RJ11 port for a conventional telephone cable to be connected to the machine in order to test the telephone calls.
Moreover, it was in this set of connectors, ports and circuits that developers applied the operating system port Darwin, the root of Apple’s mobile systems and soul of what would be released under the nickname of iPhone OS 1, the first commercial name of iOS .
Did you imagine that the prototype of the original iPhone was like this? What do you think of this heap of things that gave rise to the best selling smartphone in the world? Leave your comment below!