Had Apple (AAPL) not managed to radically revise its early tablet designs before finally launching the iPad in early 2010, the tablet market would likely be in a much different place right now. As uncovered by Network World, this horribly thick vision of what an Apple tablet might have looked like utilizing decade-old technology was created by the Cupertino, California-based company some time between 2002 and 2004 according to testimony from design boss Jonathan Ive. “My recollection of first seeing it is very hazy, but it was, I’m guessing, some time between 2002 and 2004,” Ive testified. “I remember seeing this and perhaps models similar to this when we were first exploring tablet designs that ultimately became the iPad.” The images of the prototype tablet were shown during an ongoing patent trial between Apple and South Korean rival Samsung (005930KS).

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.