This Monday in CP we dedicate it to the tenth anniversary of the most iconic device of Apple: his iPhone . And it seems that it was yesterday when Steve Jobs came to the fore with his discreet black jersey to change the mobile phone completely . Although today we associate both iPhone and iOS to elegance and beauty, the first prototypes of the operating system of Apple's mobile devices are far from what we are accustomed .
The Verge has taken advantage of this anniversary to launch a video with different images of those prototypes of Operating System filtered by Sonny Dickson. In it we will know the precursor of iOS, also known as AcornOS, which uses a mobile wheel to navigate through the interface of that iPhone . We can only say one thing: how different iOS would be, and how ugly.
The screen of this prototype iPhone was divided into two halves, with the circular button located almost in the middle, allowing us to access the menu with options that we are quite familiar: Music, Games, Calls, SMS ... to the old Apple users this interface Will remind them enough of iPod performance .
Dickson points out that the existence of this prototype iPhone dates back to 2006, when Apple patented a multitouch device with an optional on-screen roulette wheel. When Steve Jobs was in the iPhone design phase in 2005, he considered two options for his operating system: either making it something similar to the iPod or resembling OS X. To know which one would work better, he put the Macintosh team against the iPod to show the best of both. The result? AcornOS
They valued several possibilities for this proto-Phone, including the iPod Plus Phone version, but finally they decided on one: the one that we all know today in its original version. And let's face it, who wants to use a roulette to write text or call?
Fadell, one of Apple's executives comments on the problem:
THE MAIN PROBLEM WITH THE IPOD PLUS PHONE IS THAT IT HAD THE SMALL SCREEN AND A ROULETTE IN ITS HARDWARE ... AND IT DID NOT CONVINCE US. SO SOMETIMES, YOU JUST HAVE TO INVENT NEW THINGS, EVEN TO THROW THEM AWAY.