The tiring Apple and Samsung patent battles have at least one positive outcome, pictures of the original iPad. The images below compare the iPad prototype, dated some time between 2002 and 2004, to an iPad 2.
What is most striking is the fact that the design has evolved very little in 10 years. Another way of saying that, Apple was a head of its time. Even today, new competitor tablets are not as slim and simple as the iPad. The iPad prototype had a 13-inch screen and was an inch think.
The only big difference on the front is the lack of a home button on the prototype.
The rear is very similar as well except the use of the white plastic backing that was common of Apple products in the early 2000s.
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