Ars Technica today shared what appear to be photos of the earliest iPhone hardware prototype we’ve yet seen. The device is incredibly rough, with wires and ports being exposed. The display is also significantly larger than the iPhone eventually shipped with, and the overall look of the device is far more reminiscent of an iPad or iPad mini than an iPhone. That’s not altogether surprising, considering that iOS and the iPhone began life as a tablet, until the team realized the potential success that a smartphone could have on the market.
This photo dates back to 2005, two full years before the iPhone was publicly announced and released by the late Steve Jobs. You can see more photos of the device — and its specific parts — over on Ars Technica.