The early iPhone: Secret inspirations and plans

Even as iPhone 5 fever heats up, the Apple-Samsung court case puts the focus on original iPhone, the prototypes of which borrowed heavily from Sony
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Court documents show that in early 2006, Apple was considering a range of iPhone designs, one that looks remarkably like the iPhone 4, and others that were inspired by Sony. Check out this slideshow of never-before-seen images of the path-breaking smartphone's early possibilities.

A big part of the Apple-Samsung patent infringement case revolves around allegations that some of Samsung's smartphones and tablet computers are too closely styled like Apple's products. Samsung seems to be saying that Apple, too, looked to other companies for its phone design. [Also see: "Earliest known photos of an Apple iPad prototype"]

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