The 1983 iPhone! A Design Ahead of Its Time

The 1983 iPhone! A Design Ahead of Its Time

Range Govindan
Feb 23, 2009

If you thought that the iPhone concept was something really recent, you're going to be really surprised! You'd think that the concept was pretty recent, since the original iPhone came out in 2007. However, that's not the case. Would you believe that something like an iPhone came out way back in 1983?

This image was found by Marc Esslinger, the son of Hartmut Esslinger who designed the famous Apple IIc. If you don't remember, the Apple IIc was the first portable computer from 1984. We featured the image back in 2007 when the article came out, but we never really expanded on the ideas that this image represents.

It's quite amazing to see that this iPhone also had touchscreen capabilities, even though it was corded. Still, the basic premise existed far in the past of Apple. No wonder that the iPhone currently works so well. It's been something that has been studied for quite a while. It was a design that was way ahead of its time. You can read more about Marc's personal Apple story over at Fudder. However, the article is in German. Click here for a translated version! [via Hello Bauldoff]

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