These recently discovered court filings from the Apple vs. Samsung trial show an iPhone prototype that actually took some design tips from Sony. They actually look like a cross between a Walkman, a Gameboy, and an iPhone 4…
Once again, The Verge got their hands on some pretty ancient renderings of this old school 2006 iPhone design.
The Verge reports:
A recent court filing by Samsung reveals that in 2006 Apple industrial designer Shin Nishibori was directed to design an iPhone prototype inspired by Sony’s aesthetics after Tony Fadell internally circulated an interview with a designer from the company. An assortment of renders reveal his design, complete with a Sony logo — save for one where the logo has been modified to read “Jony,” presumably in honor of Apple’s Jony Ive.
Nishibori’s Sony-inspired look is “only half a step away” from what is now Cupertino’s current model. In an amusing aside, Howard also tells Ive that the iPhone 4 design “looks old” when compared to the P2, but that it would be more usable.
The Verge has some other cool photos as well of an iPhone design reminiscent of a Nokia Lumia. These photos below show what I like to call the iPhone-GameMan.
Check out the full gallery below!
Source: The Verge