Apple's 1982 iPad prototype is utterly wild

The design of Apple's iPad hasn't changed a huge amount over the years. Sure, the screens have grown, the bezels have shrunk and each generation is a little bit thinner than the last. But an unearthed prototype image from 1982 reveals a very different type of Apple tablet. 

The image (below), shared on Reddit this week, shows a modular concept in which a display, keyboard and disk drive are all placed together on a tray. While it's a far cry from any of today's sleek drawing tablets, the rectangular portrait design certainly echoes the iPad of today.

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.