The iPhone Almost Had a Keyboard

iphone keyboard caseThe iPhone with a… a…keyboard? Almost. Initial prototypes included an “iPod+Phone” concept, a QWERTY  keyboard and a large touchscreen.

When Apple asked Tony Fadell, developer of  the iPod, to imagine a phone that used the same design and a click wheel, he considered it, he told TheVerge.

Even though now the idea of an iPhone with a click wheel might sound, well, wrong, it’s interesting to know Apple considered it. The concept seems somehow similar to the optical trackpad that some BlackBerrys include. Thankfully, Apple opted for the touchscreen and a single hardware button.

The biggest problem with the ‘iPod+phone’ [concept] was we had a little screen and this huge hardware wheel.

Sometimes you have to try things in order to throw it away

Photo Credit: Gonuu

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