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And We Call It … iLandline

Published on December 30, 2011
by John Paczkowski

Turns out the iPhone that Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiled back in January of 2007 wasn’t the company’s first shot at creating a phone. Apple had tried its hand at designing a smartphone nearly 25 years earlier — a very different smartphone from the ones we’re familiar with today.


Designed by Frog Design founder Hartmut Esslinger this device, too, featured a touchscreen and was reportedly conceptualized with some help from AT&T. But as you can see from the photo above, it was anything but portable. It was ultimately consigned to Stanford’s Island of Lost Apple Prototypes.

(Image courtesy of Jay Mug)

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