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Prototype of the first iPhone looked like an old motherboard

As much as the design of the iPhone has changed in more than ten years since the original version of the iPhone was introduced in 2007, it is very difficult to unlink the image of Ma's most popular hardware from the one we've known for over a decade.

However, the newly released images of the original iPhone prototype (nicknamed M68), obtained by The vergeshow how Ma was able to keep the design of the end product secret from a circuit that basically has the same components as its first smartphone but doesn't look at all like it.

IPhone prototype (M68)

The motherboard (which doesn't even resemble this component of newer PCs) includes all the original iPhone parts, such as the processor, memory, Home button, slim 30-pin connector, camera and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas. Being a prototype, the circuit has two Mini-USB inputs to access the antenna's baseband.

Although this test model closely resembles an iPhone 4, the The verge He explained that some EVT units were provided without the screen (which was initially covered with plastic), which means that many Apple employees worked on the original device with no idea what it would look like.


If an Apple engineer received such a development card without a screen, the video component and RCA connectors on the side of the circuit could be used to connect it to a screen. Engineers could also test connectivity with headphones thanks to the narrow sound output ports on the side. Even the main camera of the iPhone is mounted on the board for testing, and there is a giant space for testing the battery. Apple also left room for what marked as prox flex for the proximity sensor test.

Here's the result:

IPhone prototype (M68)

About the released images, the former Apple software engineer Ken Kocienda He said he did not remember this model of the red plate (prototype) of the first iPhone, saying that at the time, its version was green. According to him, from August 2005 the screens were supplied separately from the circuit.

I've seen several variants of iPhone development boards in labs and offices here and there, but I don't remember that particular red version. Compartmental secrecy, etc.

I happen to have a slightly better version of this prototype iPhone photo, plus two of the same day, February 4, 2006.

We were preparing for a demonstration at β€œBetween”is one of the conference rooms on the second floor of building 2 in Infinite Loop. I'm the one in the picture with five people standing with their hands in their pockets. Great time with great people.

Here are photos of the development cards we use to develop the iPhone user interface. This hardware almost definitely belonged to Henri Lamiraux, and I'm sure he was the one who took those pictures.

Regardless, Apple (nor any other smartphone maker, I believe) does not currently use such large cards for the development of its devices. From the iPhone 4, for example, this circuit was even smaller and gained much more security in EVT units, as giant cases that protect and maintain the confidentiality of prototypes.

As highlighted by The vergeThis is the first time such a secret prototype of the first publicly released iPhone; We rarely see examples of how this device's hardware was created, especially given the time since it was released.