1983: Apple “iPhone” Prototype Chris January 3, 2012 1980-1989, Science & technology 14 CommentsFavourited 1162 times Add to favourites 14 Responses supermario January 3, 2012 I doubt that LCD display would be from 1983, even prototyped.. LCD technology was in its infancy then, and it would have been impossibly expensive even for an Apple prototype. Also its clarity and sharpness is suspicious for a genuine display from the 80s.. what’s yor opinion? Reply qka January 3, 2012 @supermario It’s a fake, a recent creation, not retro at all. In 1983, LCD was beyond infancy, but you didn’t see many this large. Reply br January 3, 2012 bullshit Reply Jasonwuzthere January 3, 2012 Yep, it’s bullshit, but Apple is bound to use it to sue somebody…or, everybody. Hell, why not? Reply Patrick January 3, 2012 It is a prototype… wasn’t in production, guys. It is talked about in Stanford’s archive of Steve Jobs papers… http://mashable.com/2011/12/29/apple-stanford-archive/ http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/apples-first-iphone-was-made-in-1983-20120102-1phne.html Reply Sha.k January 3, 2012 It’s not bullshit, I grew up in the 80′s and LCD’s were already widely used; very popular in watches since the 70′s…there were already LCD watches with tiny calculators built in. Reply Patrick January 4, 2012 Agreed, Sha.k I am a 70′s and 80′s kid also, and LCDs were not only this large and larger, they were touch screen too… they were making LCD touch screens by the early 1970s for use in restaurants and businesses. My dad worked in office supplies (including selling Apple IIe and the first Macs) in the late 70s through the mid 90s. I am assuming those posters above that have no clue about LCD are people that are in their early to mid 20s and therefore were either not alive or aware in 1983. Reply james January 4, 2012 I find the Hi-Res LCD part of it pretty unlikely for 1983 at least if its supposed to be really working. However that technology was in consumers by 1986 in the first lunchbox portable pcs as I had one, so this probably a real prototype. Reply Patrick January 4, 2012 I am not sure if we are looking at the same photos… not really “high res” as far as I am concerned, pretty basic 1980′s LCD display… plain black lines, etc… I had a “little professor” as a kid that had close to that quality of an image on the LCD screen. Reply Coyote January 4, 2012 The question nobody has asked is: Is this a working prototype? The “LCD screen” could just be a set of acetate overlays to show what the system could look like. Reply Patrick January 4, 2012 Good point, Coyote, since the exact same screen image is on all 3 pictures. Reply LREKing January 4, 2012 Actually, there are TWO different displays. One is a check, and the other looks to be an order form of some kind with a small keypad (thus the stylus). Reply James McBride January 16, 2012 I’d love it if they released something like this now, as an iPhone dock. Reply Igor July 5, 2012 you know, maybe Apple in the 80′s was toying with prototypes of PDAs, however Psion released their first PDA in 1984: the (it was slightly longer and thicker than a large pack of cigarettes). Less then a decade later, 1991, we get HP and Psion (series3) launching the modern mass marked PDA with network connection (via PC or infrared connection with a mobile or external modem). The first Apple PDA came out in 1994, the Newton MessagePad 1995 the first Palm Pilot Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.