It’s fair to say that Apple’s iPhone has turned a few heads since its original release in 2007. The first iPhone was obviously a game changer, bringing glass-fronted, multitouch phones to the masses. The iPhone 4 was, and still is, one of the best-looking phones around.

Now check out the iPhone’s grandfather above. See the resemblance?

The aforementioned image shows an Apple telephone that was in the works all the way back in 1983. The story goes that Hartmut Esslinger was responsible for the design of the telephone, and he knew what he was doing — he also came up with the design for the Apple II…

“In 1982 he entered into an exclusive $1,000,000 per year contract with Apple Computer to create a design strategy which transformed Apple from a “Silicon Valley Start-Up” into a global brand. Setting up shop in California for the first time, Esslinger and Frogdesign created the “Snow White design language” which was applied to all Apple product lines from 1984 to 1990, commencing with the Apple IIc and including the Macintosh computer.”

While obviously very different to the iPhones we all carry around today, that 1983 effort shows that Apple was already beginning to think about what could be done if a telecommunications device also had a touch-based screen. Thankfully, that stylus didn’t find its way into the iPhone’s final design!

The photo itself seems to have originated from Jay Mug.

It’s crazy how far we’ve come.

[iPhoneFreakz]

  • jose castro

    just to let anybuddy know VWALLPAPER is now working for ios5

    • Dan

      everybody stay away from that crap, put my phone in respring loop. Yes I did download vwallpaper for OS5. I’m on 5.0.1. Had to go in safe mode to remove it.

      • jose castro

        that sucks, i never had that problem, its workin like a charm for me , vwallpaper might be messing up becuase of one of the other tweaks u have on ur phone lol.
        also for some reason it makes my phone alittle faster two it weird lol

      • jose castro

        that sucks, i never had that problem, its workin like a charm for me , vwallpaper might be messing up becuase of one of the other tweaks u have on ur phone lol.
        also for some reason it makes my phone alittle faster two it weird lol

      • Anonymous

        That’s the placebo effect.

      • Anonymous

        That’s the placebo effect.

      • Anonymous

        Dan, it’s because you have winterboard installed. Vwallpapers don’t work with Winterboard.

      • Dan

        Even if I don’t have any themes active?

      • Anonymous

        @Dan- yea just having winterboard installed creates that problem. If you uninstall it Vwallpapers will start working immediately.

  • I want one thats’s one sexy iPhone. Lol.

  • Can it be jailbroken?

  • Kok Hean

    iPhone Features + iPad Size = 1983′s iPhone

  • But wil it blend?

  • pigsy101

    Apparently it had facial recognition too even back then albeit a prototype. All you needed to do was rub your face all over the screen whilst sticking the stylus up your arse.

  • awesome

  • Anonymous

    Hello 1983 iPhone

  • Cool