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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

The Rumored iPhone Prototype Picture Leaked!

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Unless you were stranded on Gilligan's Island, it would have been hard to miss all the hoopla surrounding Steve Job's introduction of the iPhone which was announced at the MacWorld Exposition earlier this month, completely swamping the news out of the much larger Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in the same week.

The iPhone, as released, is a thing of beauty, almost one could say, a work of art in form and function, sure to be the winner of any number of design awards and has literally changed the face of cell phone history.

But recently leaked was a photo of the iPhone prototype which was not so pretty or ergonomically friendly, as you can see by the photo above right. Look to a previous post to see the real iPhone at work or check it out at Apple's iPhone Page.

Take a good look at it.

Not exactly a click wheel, but the old phone rotary dial that at least is familiar to all above the age of....30? Perhaps it was an attempt to bring those over 60 into the cell market. An appeal to the nostalgia set? Or just a protective box for a regular iPhone...

Well, the truth of it is, the source of the leak was Steve Jobs himself in his presentation/announcement of the iPhone. He actually showed this picture just before showing the real iPhone and got peals of laughter.

After those in the audience had waited so long, and had been nearly breathless in anticipation to see what the new phone looked like, and with tension in the room at fever pitch, now that they new that they were going to see what they had been waiting for nigh on two and a half or more years, to see this on the screen brought on huge laughs.

Including from me.

The Macworld Expo presentation is available as a streaming video from the Apple website or as a podcast from the iTunes store, viewable with a free iTunes download for PC or Mac. If you are the least bit curious about this phenomenon, it is well worth the watching, especially the crowd's reaction.

For those who say, what's the big deal, so it plays songs, big deal. One of the biggest hidden features is that the phone has a full operating system, Mac OSX, so the potential for future applications for the phone, for future expandability, is if not unlimited, at least quite rosy.

Hope you enjoyed this. I'd love your comments on this prototype.

Peter

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