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iPhone prototypes revealed in Apple vs Samsung court trial

Among the more interesting products of the Apple-Samsung trial are Apple's early iPhone prototypes that never saw the light of day

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From an eight-sided iPhone to an assortment of clunky devices, here are the iPhone models that Apple toyed around with, but that never came to be.


Cutting glass

This is one of Apple's earliest iPhone prototypes. An Apple designer explained during a deposition that Apple initially wanted the iPhone to be comprised out of two pieces of curved glass (seen here) but that glass-cutting costs at the time prevented it.

  • iPod Mini style
  • Black and white
  • Cutting glass
  • Hybrid
  • Questionable case choice
  • Good enough to be iPhone 5
  • The minimalist
  • Octo-phone
  • Bulky and boring
  • The all-black motif
  • The two-toned colour scheme
  • The retro-iPod look
  • The odd mesh strap
  • The really big battery
  • The iPhone 4, with extra clunk
  • Crazy about the iPod Mini, apparently



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