No matter where you stand on the platform, it's hard to deny that the iPhone changed the smartphone game. Before I had my first iPhone 3G, I was rocking a Blackberry Curve that could barely connect to the Internet and performed like a depressed slug in molasseses. But before we had the piece of glass and aluminum that would be known as the iPhone in our hands, Apple was working on prototypes of the concept. And now, thanks to documents revealed in light of of the Samsung Vs. Apple court case, we have proof.
What's interesting about these photos is the inside look at Apple's creative process. When redesigning something that we all hold in our hands on a regular basis, you've got a lot of challenges to overcome. The glass interface seems to be one of the first locked in decisions, as was the single button on the face. But from there, you've got limitless possibilities, as years of iterations on the concept have proven. It also shows us that we're glad some of these things never made it past the testing stage.
Kevin Whipps is a writer and editor based in Phoenix, Arizona. When he's not working on one of the many writing projects in his queue, he's designing stickers with his wife at Whipps Sticker Co.