In 2007, many were waiting for Apple’s phone. It was logical – having released a super-successful iPod, the apple company simply could not help but think about a smartphone.
“Predictors”, experts and analysts eleven years ago, although there were fewer than today, but also, as they say, was enough. The problem was that people looked at the iPhone in terms of the devices available on the market.
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As a result, ideas and concepts appeared, from which today one can only clutch his head.
Below we have collected several iPhone design concepts that appeared on the Web in different years before the release of the very first Apple smartphone. They vividly illustrate the simple thesis that engaging in “prediction” is an extremely thankless task.
According to these designers, the iPhone was supposed to be either a plain clamshell or a slightly modified iPod – of course, with a wheel.
Well, that’s not even funny – especially considering that in 2007 there were noticeably fewer trolls on the Internet than today:
Minimalistic concept of the first iPhone. Probably, his author really liked the calculator in Mac OS X:
Lovers Blackberry were sure that the Apple smartphone will receive a full-fledged physical keyboard and will fight with the “blackberry” flagships. Yes, probably, if the iPhone were such, BlackBerry would continue to dominate the market:
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Motorola RAZR was a popular and fairly innovative clamshell. Of course, there were also designers who imagined the iPhone similar to a device from Motorola:
Well … how about an iPhone in the form of a mini laptop?! ..
… Or a slider?!:
Like today’s “conceptors,” mid-zero designers thought little about the practical use of their smartphones. I wonder how you can type on such a small keyboard?
Well, that’s a bit more like what Steve Jobs showed at the MacWorld Expo on January 9, 2007:
What conclusion can we draw based on what we see? If Apple takes on to show the world something truly new, our imagination is not enough to even roughly understand what to expect from the Cupertinos.