A photo of one of the first iPhone prototypes has surfaced. It’s an iPod with a rotating keyboard

iPod creator Tony Fadell showed a photo of one of the first iPhone prototypes. It’s an iPod with a Click Wheel and a numeric keypad.

According to Fadell, Jobs initially urged engineers to build an “iPod with a phone” instead of a completely new device. Jobs was very fond of the Click Wheel, which became a signature feature of the iPod, and he thought the iPhone should have one too.

In the early stages of development, a prototype of the iPod Phone was created. Outwardly, it was similar to the iPod, but its lower part had a rotating mechanism, so the Click Wheel could be quickly replaced with a numeric keypad.

We worked for weeks to figure out how to enter data using the wheel. We were failing, and after the whole team was convinced that we would not succeed, he said: “Keep trying!”. At some point, we all said, “No, that won’t work.”

Toni Fadell

After the iPod Phone, engineers rethought the design and bet on the touch screen and operating system based on Mac OS X, which was in the first iPhone. [9to5Mac]


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