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The Original Apple iPad Tablet Concept

Two years ago, Designer Chris Messina, came up with an article with a new Apple concept products called the iPad Touch and which, spookily enough, was published two days before the iPad got mentioned in the now infamous spoof (opens in new tab) by MadTV.

Chris (opens in new tab) makes some tantalisingly close predictions that turned out to be true, two years later. Yes, the OS used is the same as the iPhone (and the iPod Touch). It is, as he says, that the device is "basically a glorified iPhone, just 2.5 times the size".

There's no keyboard, no CD or DVD slot, mouse or touchpad and he mentions a 12 hours battery life; not very far from Apple's own estimates for the iPad.

He suggested back then that the 64GB version would sell for $899 (Apple sells the 3G version for $829) and that the 32GB version would sell for $699 (Apple sells it for $729).

He did not however predict that the device would be available with 3G connectivity nor that it wouldn't even have a USB port or that it would be launched in 2010, not in 2008 or 2009.

As for the mockup itself, it is pretty close to what Apple came up with except that Messina's one is thicker and has a much thinner frame.

We will be covering the launch of the iPad live from their Regent Street Stores from 7am and you're invited to join us. You can already bookmark our video landing page here (opens in new tab) where you will find the livestream.

ITProPortal also launched a contest inviting prospective and current iPad owners to get up to £500 worth of iPad accessories (including iPad Apps and Apple iTunes Credit) simply by submitting the list of accessories they'd like to have. Simples!!!

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.