This is getting fun! After court filings last week revealed decade-old prototype/mockups of an Apple tablet for the very first time, today we’re seeing design prototype/mockups for iPhones that date back to 2006, first spotted by the Verge — one phone that looks very much like today’s iPhone 4/4S, and another that looks like a giant iPod mini, codenamed P2.
When the iPhone 4 came out, John Gruber noted that it was like a “love letter to Dieter Rams.” Turns out, it’s just as much a love letter to the Sony aesthetics of old, designed by Apple industrial designer Shin Nishibori. Just take a look at the big fat Sony logo in the design mockups below.
As pointed out by the Verge, Apple designer Richard Howarth argued for the “sony-style chappy” over the “extrusion” model because it’s a “much smaller-looking product with a nicer shape to have next to your ear and in your pocket.” Can’t say I disagree. The best part of this email, though, is the fact that Howarth (and perhaps Jony Ive?) thought the iPhone 4-like design “look[ed] old next to the extrusion,” way back in 2006. And here we are in 2012.
- Doctors Without Borders says it will leave the Afghan city of Kunduz after airstrikes killed 22 people at its hospital there on Saturday. ›
- At least three people have died in South Carolina due to severe rainfall. More than 11 inches of rain fell on the city in 48 hours. ›
- The World Bank announced that for the first time it is forecasting the rate of extreme global poverty to drop below 10% in 2015. ›