One iPhone prototype bears a Sony logo, and in another this has been changed to ‘Jony’, in a nod to Jony Ive, the Apple designer. And one early version of the iPad had a kickstand, like the bikes we had as kids.
According to the filing, the Sony-inspired iPhone design was the brainchild of Apple’s Shin Nishibori, and won out against a more metallic, iPod-esque device.
Another proto-iPhone has an elongated body, and goes by the codename N90. The screen looks smaller than the 3.5-incher found on the iPhone we all know and love, and there’s space for a keypad. Yet another has squared-off corners, like a shrunken version of the Motorola Xoom tablet.
The iPad, meanwhile, features a kickstand on the back for propping it up, among other wacky designs. Nice.
So it seems Apple went through a lot of possibles before plumping on the final iPhone and iPad designs. Makes you wonder what it’s cooking up for the next iPhone.