The original leaked iPhone prototype, from 2006

Mon, Apr 26, 2010

Apple History, Featured, News

An entertaining read from Ziggity’s Blog Substitute detailing when iPod co-creator Tony Fadell accidentally revealed a prototype of the original iPhone back in 2006 while giving a speech at his alma mater, The University of Michigan.

The events of the talk itself are unimportant. The interesting part is the FAQ that happened afterward. An individual asked Tony about the then-unannounced Apple Phone, to which he replied that he had no idea what the individual was talking about, albeit with a wink and a nod.

Then, a few minutes later, someone asked him a question which he could not answer, but wanted to keep in touch so that he could get back to them. He reached into his pocket, and pulled out what we know now to be the original iPhone, said aloud “whoops,” and put it away, only to pull out a business card and said “email me.”

Everyone in the crowd knew they had just seen something they shouldn’t have. All I saw was the silver back with the Apple logo on it. There was a sort of nervous laugh in the air, and Tony decided that he was done with Q&A and quickly ended the talk.



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