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Numerous Photos of iPhone and iPad prototypes Emerge amid Samsung vs Apple Patent Trial

In the world of Apple, rumors abound about upcoming products and what they’ll look like. It’s not very often though, that they are correct, and even more rare that we get to see official designs on what certain products actually COULD have looked like.

Last week, an early prototype of iPad designed a decade ago has been discovered, but it appears that is just the tip of an iceberg. The fine folks over at The Verge have uncovered what appears to be official design possibilities that Apple considered for the iPhone and iPad. The designs came about by way of the Samsung/Apple trial cases, and they certainly are an interesting find.

As noted by 9to5 Mac, many of the designs are codenamed N90, which was the codename for the 2010 iPhone 4, so these aren’t necessarily that old. It’s interesting to see what choices Apple eventually went with when compared with everything else they had on the table. Personally, I’m more than happy with the current design of both devices, so seeing what could have been is quite a relief to me.

Looking closely, we can see that Apple toyed with the idea of a kickstand for the iPad, something they chose not to do, obviously. If you’ve been paying attention at all this summer, you doubt have seen the Microsoft Surface tablet and its little kickstand, so it’s kind of interesting to see the competing design philosophies between the two companies in what they actually ship.

Another interesting thing to note: if you pay attention, you might see some similarities in appearance between these proposed iPhone designs and supposed leaked photos of the upcoming iPhone model, at least on the back plate. Could this give further veracity to those rumors, or does it just tell you that Apple should have lots of prototypes for the next iPhone as well?

We’ll just have to wait and see.  With so many possible models for the next generation iPhone, the iPhone 5 images you see on the internet today might not be the next generation iPhone Apple will unveil this Fall.

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