prototype based on the iPod and behind the scenes stories of the famous presentation

10 years of iPhone: prototype based on the iPod and behind the scenes stories of the famous presentation

Ten years ago the iPhone was presented by Steve Jobs on the stage of Macworld 2007 and completely changed the history of cell phones. In the keynote Jobs even joked, showing the image below as the iPhone.

Steve Jobs at the iPhone presentation in 2007

But if you think that Apple did not test all possible and imaginable possibilities before launching a device with a 3.5-inch touch screen including one that was walking this way, you are wrong.

Sonny Dickson, famous for his contacts with Apple suppliers in Asia, shared a prototype of an interface Click Wheel for the original iPhone covered in the company’s patent 2006008349.

We are talking about a touch-sensitive operating system that, in fact, practically reproduced the actions of Click Wheel, which, along with the iPod, revolutionized the MP3 player market. Internally called «Acorn OS», he showed a Click Wheel that occupied the bottom of the screen and was responsible for controlling the options shown at the top, such as «Dial» (?Dial?), SMS, Music (?Music?), Contacts (?Contacts?) and Recents (?Recents?) did not yet have a browser option.

According to Dickson, there is not much information about the device. All that is known is that there are very few units of prototypes running the «Acorn OS» h, within Apple, a position created specifically to end prototypes precisely so that something like this does not fall into the hands of others.

Now, imagine using something like that! ? Fortunately Apple completely changed the project, and on January 9, 2007, we were introduced to something far superior and that revolutionized the market.

Speaking of the presentation itself, suggest some interesting information, obtained by The Internet History Podcast, about the preparation of Jobs and his team.

The presentation of the iPhone was in January 2007 and the product would only reach the market in the middle of that year. It was to be expected, then, that the project was not finished and therefore, a lot of things «improvised» to make it look perfect in the presentation. After six intense days of training on top of the presentation and hours to go onstage, Jobs and his team were still unable to make the phone work 100% of the demonstration time. At times, the device lost its connection; in others, the call was not made or the phone even hung up on its own.

The engineers then identified a perfect path for the demonstration to take place without headaches. But for that, Jobs had to follow this script (for example: the late ex-Apple CEO could send an email and then open Safari to browse the internet; if the phone was done otherwise, the phone would crash).

original iPhone

They also made sure that the iPhone used by Jobs had a connection at all times. For this, they counted on the collaboration of Cingular AT&T (which took a portable cell tower to guarantee a strong signal during the demonstration); in addition, engineers coded the iPhones used in the demo to show the full signal bars 100% of the time, regardless of whether the connection is actually that way. When it comes to Wi-Fi, they chose to hide a network that was only used by the iPhones in question, guaranteeing the signal quality.

Another curiosity has to do with the connectivity of the iPhone itself. As we know, the first generation had no 3G connection (only EDGE), something that was plausible since the development of the device started when 3G chips were not yet available. However, this was also a deliberate decision by Apple and AT&T, which already predicted the iPhone’s success.

The truth is that the operator was not ready for the amount of bandwidth that iPhone users would use if it had 3G connectivity in the first generation. Launching only with a 2G connection (EDGE), then, was a way to save time to build a network strong enough to withstand the hitch on the iPhone 3G (second generation).

You can check these and other stories on The Internet History Podcast

(via The Verge, 9to5Mac)