Apple's original iPad nearly looked very different

In some ways, the iPad's design hasn't changed a huge amount over the last decade. Sure, bezels have shrunk and accessories like the Apple Pencil and Magic Keyboard have turned the tablet into a bonafide computing device – but it's still just a slab of glass with a port at the bottom, right? Well, it seems the original nearly looked very different. 

New images (below) shared on Twitter this week are said to show an early prototype of the first-generation iPad, featuring a second charging port on the side of the device. It might be one of the best drawing tablets around, but even the latest iPad Pro only features one lonely port (unless, of course, you throw a Magic Keyboard into the mix). 

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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.