Earlier iPhone prototype with massive 5×7-inch display surfaced

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Pictures of an iPhone prototype from 2005 were leaked to the technology portal Ars Technica on Monday. These show a much larger screen and connections such as Ethernet or a serial port.

The technology portal Ars Technica has published pictures of an early prototype of the iPhone. According to Ars Technica the pictures are taken by a former Apple employee, is said to have worked on many different hardware projects in the 2000s. The prototype was built in 2005 and is a far cry from what was presented in 2007 as iPhone.

Closer to the iPad than on the iPhone

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So the screen at 12.7 inches wide (five inches) and 17.8 cm height (seven inches) significantly larger than the screen of the original iPhone (3.5 inches diagonal). Also, the thickness is around five centimeters quite bulky. “It may seem large by today’s standards, but back then it was very impressive to see running a version of OS X on it,” said the anonymous source told Ars Technica.

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