By Bobby Pollier, EnStarz | Jul 27, 2012 09:55 AM EDT
Photographs of the iPad from the "very first mockups" in the early 2000's have now been discovered. Network World's Yoni Hiesler had stumbled upon the pics while investigating some of the Apple/Samsung court filings, according to Mac World.
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Hiesler says that Samsung had removed Jonathon Ive, Apple's Senior Vice President of industrial design in 2011 and from that point, parts of the transcript were then released.
Photos had been shown to Ive of a "3D mockup of an Apple produced tablet during the deposition, which was referred to as the 035 mockup or prototype," according to the online site.
Ive responded with the following when he was questioned on whether or not he had ever seen the mockup beforehand:
"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."
Hiesler then investigated further into the files and found the 035 mockup design that was previously being referred to. It turns out that the respective prototype allegedly may have been what inspired the late Steve Jobs to come up with the iPhone.
In 2010 at the All Things D conference, the Apple genius came clean in regards to the iPhone.
"I'll tell you a secret. It began with the tablet," Jobs had proudly stated.
"I had this idea about having a glass display, a multi-touch display you could type on with your fingers," said Jobs. "I asked people about it. And six months later, they came back with this amazing display. And I gave it to one of our really brilliant UI guys. He got [rubber band] scrolling working and some other things, and I thought, 'my God, we can build a phone with this!' So we put the tablet aside, and we went to work on the iPhone."
The very first iPhone was launched in 2007, and the iPad arrived just 3 years later.
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