Like every product on the market, Apple's iPad had to go through many design revisions before it was finally shipped in 2010. Recently, pics of the earliest known Apple tablet prototype surfaces revealing it's form factor and design as early as 2002.
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Seeing images of this prototype is a remarkable considering the high-level of secrecy that Apple maintains when developing their products. Apple's lead designer Jonathan Ive had some comments on the tablet prototype (035) as well...
My recollection of first seeing it is very hazy, but it was, I'm guessing, sometime between 2002 and 2004, some but it was I remember seeing this and perhaps models similar to this when we were first exploring tablet designs that ultimately became the iPad. -Ive
via networkworld macrumors