1980s Apple Concepts & The Origin Of The iPhone

“You know the rules, and so do I!”

Back in the early ’80s, Apple was hard at work designing new and innovative products. German designer Hartmut Esslinger, who originally designed the Apple IIc, did some mock up products that draw inspiration from the computer he created. One standout picture is of a landline phone with an Apple logo and a touchscreen. Though it’s hardly portable, one could easily speculate that this was the spark that eventually led the creation of the iPhone.

Looking at more of these concepts for potential products, some strike me as genius and others look downright retarded. A suitcase computer? So 1985. Why don’t you just go and design a keytar or ruler that turns into a wristband while you’re at i-oh wait. It was the 1980s. My bad. I thought I was stuck inside Rick Astley’s brain.

Origin of the iPhone [Fudder]