Apple’s Early iPad Prototype Had 12-Inch Screen, Was 3 Times Thicker Than iPad 2

Apple’s Early iPad Prototype Had 12-Inch Screen, Was 3 Times Thicker Than iPad 2

This early iPad prototype was a mammoth.

Remember that early iPad prototype we showed you yesterday, built between 2002 and 2004, which looked like an old white iBook with a touchscreen? Now some new shots have surfaced that show a comparison between this and the iPad 2, and there are some interesting differences.

First of all, Apple originally built the iPad with a 12-inch display, and it was huge.

Not only did the old prototype look a lot like an iBook, it was almost as big as one, too. According to BuzzFeed, its display measures just under 12 inches diagonally, making it 40% larger than the 9.7-inch display Apple eventually shipped on the iPads we have today.

Apple’s Early iPad Prototype Had 12-Inch Screen, Was 3 Times Thicker Than iPad 2

It also features a 4:3 aspect ratio like the iBooks that were shipping at the same time.

The prototype also measures just under 1 inches thick, making it almost 3 times as thick as the iPad 2, and only around 0.35 inches thicker than the iBook.

Apple’s Early iPad Prototype Had 12-Inch Screen, Was 3 Times Thicker Than iPad 2

Like the iPad we have today, this prototype had very few buttons and ports. It has a dock connector and headphone jack, but there’s no home button, or any other physical controls to speak of.

Thankfully, technology has come a long way since this iPad prototype was produced, enabling Apple to build sleek, (relatively) lightweight devices that we can comfortably carry in one hand, or slip into our bags.

Apple’s Early iPad Prototype Had 12-Inch Screen, Was 3 Times Thicker Than iPad 2

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  • ekhotchocolate

    don’t forgot, We didn’t have iOS back then, So naturally no home button.

  • NHowell14

    It’s a good thing they did reduce the size, i mean the ipads we have now are literally as big as they should get. Especially as hot as they run, you need a better way to hold the damn things.

  • Dominic Arkwright

    4:3 aspect you say? How odd.

  • dcj001

    The headline says that it was three times thicker than the iPad 2. Actually, it was two times thicker or three times the thickness of the iPad 2.

  • dcj001

    “The prototype also measures just under 1 inches thick, making it almost 3 times as thick as the iPad 2, and only around 0.35 inches thicker than the iBook.”

    But the iPad prototype (at 1 inch thick) was around 0.35 thinner (not thicker) than the iBook (at around 1.35 inches thick).

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