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What the iPhone would have looked like in 1984

Updated 4 years ago
iPhone 1984 Macintosh

The original iPhone introduced by Steve Jobs was a game changer in every respect. In addition to a revolutionary new interface, Apple’s first-gen iPhone also ushered in a new era of smartphone hardware design. Before long, the design aesthetic of the original iPhone — a rectangular device with a large multitouch display — became the blueprint for all other smartphones.

But what if the iPhone had been released in a different era? What if the iPhone wasn’t developed in the mid-2000s, but was instead developed with the design aesthetic of Apple circa 1984?

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To answer this very question, designer Pierre Cerveau recently put together a few mockups depicting what such a device would look like. Cereau calls his creation the Macintosh Phone. Impressively, the resulting mockups perfectly blend the look and feel of 1984 Apple with the form factor of a more modern-day smartphone.

Ah yes, the whimsy of the rotary dial brought back to the modern day. You might want to call this one the iPhone Classic.

Make sure to hit the source link below for a few more photos of this cool design.

Yoni Heisler Contributor

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.