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Jonathan Ive deposition reveals early iPad prototype

After a US judge denied requests by Apple and Samsung to keep certain documents secret from the public, new details about an early iPad prototype have emerged.

Parts of a deposition requested by Samsung and given by now-legendary, and knighted, Apple industrial designer Jonathan Ive have revealed details about mock-ups of an iPad predecessor from the early noughties. After the iPad’s original launch in 2010, Steve Jobs admitted that an Apple tablet had been in the works even before development on the iPhone began.

“I’ll tell you a secret. It began with the tablet. I had this idea about having a glass display, a multitouch display you could type on with your fingers. I asked our people about it. And six months later, they came back with this amazing display,” Jobs said at 2010’s All Things D conference.

“And I gave it to one of our really brilliant UI guys. He got [rubber band] scrolling working and some other things, and I thought, ‘my God, we can build a phone with this!’ So we put the tablet aside, and we went to work on the iPhone,” he continued.

In Ive’s December 2011 testimony, the designer said he had likely first seen the prototype at some point between 2002 and 2004 - that’s up to eight years before the tablet was eventually launched.

“I remember seeing this and perhaps models similar to this when we were first exploring tablet designs that ultimately became the iPad,” he said.

The three-dimensional model, codenamed the 035 prototype, is very similar in design to the version Apple ended up shipping, down to the bezel and rounded edges. It is, however, noticeably thicker and lacks any buttons.

No word yet on how much - or whether - Ive’s testimony will affect the two tech giants’ patent battle, which is set to go to trial later in July.

Source and Image Credit: Network World