While the legal battle between Apple and Samsung seems to be ongoing without any apparent end, it has revealed some pretty interesting things about both companies. Talking specifically about Apple, the court documents revealed a variety of concepts of iPhone and iPad that were considered but were eventually scrapped. Two of the most interesting features of these leaked designs of iPad are 16:9 screen and a kickstand in the back that is featured in several design iterations.
The kickstands featuring in these pics were not similar and varied from each other to some extent. Some kickstands protruded from the back on a swivel joint while there were other kinds that could fold flush with the casing.
Another interesting fact revealed from the legal documents was that one of the iPad prototypes was named iPod. This shows that Apple was considering branding the tablet with this name before finally deciding on iPad.
There were also some interesting things about iPhone. Before the final launch of the device, several other design considerations were also made. One of the designs included an elongated device with the screen occupying only the upper half of the device, with the lower half composed of a blank panel. Besides, there were still other design considerations for the iPhone, such as an angular eight-sided design that would fit in on the set of “Battlestar Galactica.”
Identification numbers have been assigned to some of these prototypes but unfortunately, there are no dates on them which means that proper timeline cannot be assigned to them. But still, even if a proper timeline is missing, these prototypes certainly provide an insight into the creation process of Apple. The designs in the documents are certainly innovative and tell the story of how Apple finally arrived at the present name of iPad and the design of iPhone.