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The iPad is into its third iteration yet it seems the idea of a tablet computer was very much in Apple’s mind three decades ago. This tablet prototype from 1983 was created by Frog Designs for Steve Jobs himself. Complete with attachable keyboard, the tablet was named “Bashful” – a reference to the Snow White industrial-design language Apple used between 1984 and 1990.

 

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From an early iPhone to the Game Boy Colour, here's our pick of the amazing prototypes that never saw the light of day

The idea can be clear and concise from day one, but rarely does a design get it spot on first time round. In a year when prototypes of the first ever Google smartphone has come under the spotlight and a host of original Apple iPad prototypes were revealed in Apple's long-running dispute with Samsung, we take a look at some of the early visions of the iconic tech we know and love today.

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