Apple’s prototype tablet from 1989

I just came across an old article on the Fast Company blog. It was written by Tom Dair, president of Smart Design. Back in 1989, Tom led a team of designers who created a prototype tablet for Apple. The 1989 protoype had:

  • a stylus,
  • a built in stand,
  • camera,
  • speakers,
  • media card slot,
  • and a leather case,
Um, how much do I have to pay to downgrade the iPad to the 1989 model? I'll take 2, please.

Snide comments aside, this tablet was never made becuase the CPU and LCD screen tech simply wasn't good enough in 1989. Also, I don't think it would have been possible to build a tablet with reasonable battery life without a serious weight penalty.

Fast Company

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