By Pooja Drubra | Jul 30, 2012 02:58 PM EDT
Whenever a gadget giant such as Apple is about to launch its next device in the market, it's a given that the corporation comes up with various design models of the product before finalizing on one specific design. Amidst all this, there are chances that various patents, concepts, and ideas may get leaked or stolen.
Something similar happened with Apple. Before the impending court trial, the prototypes of some of the early iOS products have been revealed. This unveiling comes as a by-product of the Apple and Samsung lawsuit proceedings. As profiled by the Verge, the slew of shots of the early iPad and iPhone designs were revealed in court documents.
The collection includes an unusual picture frame-like version of the iPad comprising a kickstand. The image of the earlier prototype iPad model resembles the topside of a G4 iBook model. The multiple iterations of the iPad, featuring different types of kickstands, appears to be a 16:9 model with wide handles on either side. Another notable design is that of the eight-sided iPhone with diagonal corners
Other than these, there are several prototype designs of the iPhone with emerald-like angular corners, one with a double-toned design on the rear, and the other one that's like a metallic slab. According to MacRumors, the renderings bear an uncanny resemblance to the fabled iPhone 5.
Many of the iPad prototypes come with an iPod on the rear, revealing various design plans of the organization. Another iPhone prototype- labeled N90 - was also unveiled. It was supposedly the code name given to the iPhone 4 design and bore design specs similar to that of Apple.
The images that have been uncovered provide a glimpse into what Apple products could have been in the early iPad and iPhone days. Albeit, these designs couldn't make it to the market but who knows if they could be launched in the near future! Despite the ensuing skirmish, the images are surely a treat for any Apple fan.
The Trial Tale
In April 2011, Apple had sued Samsung alleging that the latter aped design of its smartphones and tablets. Samsung countersued, which resulted in the case becoming complicated and as a result, innumerable complaints abound which both the corporations are imposing on each other. Apple and Samsung go to trial this week in California.
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