Apple “035 Prototype”
It’s not all too surprising to think that Steve Jobs and his teams at Apple were dreaming up the iPad nearly 10 years ago. What is surprising however is that Jony Ive designed and built a prototype as early as 2002, simply codenamed “035”.
This revelation was made by Network World while digging up documents from a deposition of Jony Ive conducted by Samsung in 2011. BuzzFeed later got their hands on full color photos of the prototype as you can see above.
Not only is it incredible how large the iPad would have been based on the available technology in 2002, but the fact that it probably would have been a miserable failure. The fact that Apple held onto the product and continued to innovate until the official iPad unveiling in 2010 goes to show that timing is half the battle.