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Could this have been the original Apple iPhone, 1983?
Photos of a prototype from Apple in 1983 have some asking, could this have been the original iPhone?
January 6th, 2012
05:11 PM ET

Could this have been the original Apple iPhone, 1983?

Check out these photos. No, you’re not seeing the latest version of the iPhone! In fact, the photos show an Apple prototype from 1983 that never made it into the marketplace.

Like the iPhone and the iPad, the device came with a touch screen and a stylus. The man who designed this prototype, Hartmut Esslinger, also designed Apple’s first “portable” computer.

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    I can't see any pictures

    January 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
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    Why is it this year that they have to introduce the phone to the market?

    January 6, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
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  3. jesse Abende

    Where are the pix and why the fuss?

    January 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
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      October 3, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Erasmus

    Where are the photos?

    January 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
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      July 24, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
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    January 6, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Terry

    Please put the photo or edit your post. Thank you!

    January 6, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Francisco

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      February 24, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
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        March 26, 2012 at 3:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. ogunlaja taiyetunde elizabeth

    Please where are the photos? or could this be a new year joker? I guess it is!

    January 6, 2012 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
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  8. ike masonto

    where is the pic?

    January 6, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. nonye Joseph

    No pictures! Must be a joke!

    January 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. KathieO

    haha is this an invisible iPhone prototype? Interesting.

    January 6, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Olanrewaju

    Where is the picture or is it invicible.

    January 6, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ECE

    Where is the photo?

    January 7, 2012 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Back|Story

    We're unsure why everyone is having trouble seeing the photos...there are two in a slide show that we can see just fine on many computers and browsers...are you trying to view on mobile phones??
    We've put up stills in the same way before and no one had problems...hmm

    January 7, 2012 at 3:13 am | Report abuse |
  14. Back|Story

    I have our webmasters checking out this sure to check back soon...we'll try and figure out what the issue is...

    January 7, 2012 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Z

    We can all see it, but didnt expect to see a prototype handset to be called an iPhone. Extremely poor blogging, not journalism, this is a bloogers work.

    January 7, 2012 at 3:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Big

      1. You are reading this on a BLOG at
      2. It is a question, asking if "this could have been the original iPhone?" Did you not understand that part of the article?

      January 10, 2012 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
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  16. Ukot

    Where is the photo? This must be a joke!

    January 7, 2012 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
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    Where are the pictures

    January 7, 2012 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
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        August 30, 2012 at 6:40 am | Report abuse |
  18. kenny

    Simply unbelievable!How come it did not reach the market place?

    January 7, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
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    January 7, 2012 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
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    The image is blind...not me.

    January 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
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    Why Į̸̸̨§ it №τ̲̅ in the market all these years?.

    January 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Ogbonnaya

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    January 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
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    January 9, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
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  28. Abubaker

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    July 26, 2012 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |