iPhone early prototypes revealed, as it marks 10 years
Ten years ago, the first iPhone was introduced to the world as Steve Jobs took to the stage of the Moscone Center in San Francisco to it's arrival. The mobile device went on sale June 29th of same year.
The iPhone from inception jettisoned the idea of a physical keyboard in favor of a software keyboard setting a precedent for the industry. The adoption of on-screen keyboard was a radical concept for Apple, today high-end smartphones have adopted the software keyboard with advancement in features over the years.
To commemorate the anniversary, human interface designer Ken Kocienda, the creator of the iPhone debut software keyboard, shared photos of two early iPhone prototypes he used to develop the keyboard.
The Verge suggests that Apple’s Project Purple team, the clandestine division responsible for early iPhone development, called these units “Wallabies,” for reasons unknown.
The iPhone was a great project to work on, and a great team of people to work with. Happy 10th birthday.— kocienda (@kocienda) June 29, 2017
Here are two iPhone prototypes. We called them Wallabies. I used these devices to make the software keyboard. pic.twitter.com/qbofBL3RUt— kocienda (@kocienda) June 29, 2017
I kept those devices in my desk drawer for years. When I left Apple, returning this hardware was tough, like saying goodbye to old friends.— kocienda (@kocienda) June 29, 2017
The iPhone was introduced by Steve Jobs as three devices in one: a touchscreen iPod, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a truly mobile web browser. Third-party apps were not yet allowed on "iPhone OS" at initial release.
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