Apple’s first iPhone was made in 1983!
The first iPhone was actually dreamed up in 1983. But not as the slick looking touchscreen mobile phone, this iPhone was a landline with full, all-white handset and a built-in screen controlled with a stylus, ceratainly foreshadows the touchscreens of both the iPhone and iPad.
Images of the 1983 iPhone have been circling the web for a while but there has been renewed interest in Apple’s early designs and history thanks to a peek inside Stanford University’s massive trove of Apple documents. The archives are a close-guarded secret but Stanford is starting to grant access to select journalists and organizations. The archives were donated in 1997 after Steve Jobs rejoined the company and document much of the design and personnel changes that took place in the 1980s.
The 1983 iPhone is just one of many prototypes buried in Apple’s past. There’s even a device that looks eerily similar to an iPad. Despite the phone’s age, it actually looks like a cool concept that could easily be updated into a modern consumer product by replacing simple stylus screen with an iPad-like interface.
Can you imagine 1983, the time when merely anyone had a proper TV screen, Apple dreamed of, even built a prototye of a revolutionary product, which after alsmot 3 decades got some lime light and has turned out to be something as a norm in every household now.