This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Several photos of the devices, purportedly prototypes of the Phone 2G, or the first iPhone, have been released on Twitter.
The first iPhone was announced by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs himself in January 2007 and released in North America in June. It already had features such as a web browser that allowed users to view the screen in the same layout as on a desktop PC, and the ability to zoom in and out with a finger, but at the time of its launch, there was no App Store, and 3G was not supported (hence the 2G connection), the iPhone didn't make it to Japan until June 2008, when the iPhone 3G was introduced.
This isn't the first time photos of the first iPhone prototype have been in the public eye. Apple is known to have split the development team into two completely separate teams to keep it a secret, with one putting real system software into fake hardware and the other putting fake software into real hardware. The latter, also known as "Skankphone," was listed on the auction site eBay in 2014 and photos of it were published.
And this time, the photos were released by DongleBookPro, a Twitter user who had shared images of the first iPod touch prototype. The photos, which were described as "with unreleased features," reveal some internal test software as well as the prototype's design.
iPhone 2G prototypes, with unreleased features pic.twitter.com/Ukn8yNqkR7— Dongle (@DongleBookPro) August 8, 2020
There's the Skankphone version (i.e. dummy software) mentioned above, as well as a screen that prompts you to connect to the mothership iTunes-installed machine with a USB cable, and some app icons featuring characters from a certain robot animation.れます。
The three prototypes are almost identical in overall design, but there are slight differences in the mute switch height and mechanism. One of the most striking features is the notification bell mark, which is missing from the production version. On the other hand, all three prototypes have the same black stripe on the bottom of the back as the production version, indicating that the policy was consistent.
The various specs information on the label attached to the back is almost identical to the production version. The device in the middle is labeled "Ver. 1.1.1".
The original iPhone had a screen size of 3.5 inches with a resolution of 320 x 480-pixels/163 ppi, and although it had Google Maps, it didn't have GPS, so it couldn't be used for navigation. It was launched in four countries with just four carriers, and only six million units were sold before the launch of the iPhone 3G.
Thirteen years later, we're reminded of the far-reaching path that led to an estimated 2 billion units in 2020 (Apple doesn't disclose sales figures, so BNN Bloomberg estimates).
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