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Top secret iPad, iPhone prototypes revealed in court documents

Early concepts of Apple’s market-leading iProducts revealed as a result of a sprawling legal battle with arch-rival Samsung show wacky ideas -- including octagonal shapes, handles and kickstands.

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An early iPhone 3GS prototype, some have speculated, has eight squared-off edges.

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Codenamed N90 to iindicate this is an iPhone 4 design prototype, this prototype seems like a rounder-but-smaller iPhone model.
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An early prototype of an iPhone touch, most likely, since it lacks the iPad's central button.
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An alternate view of the octagonal iPhone that never was.
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An alternate view of the octagonal iPhone that never was.
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Images revealed by tech news site The Verge, show Apple was intent on pursuing a kickstand for its tablet, with multiple iPad prototypes working through how such a stand would work.

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Of particular note are multiple iterations of the iPad featuring different types of kickstands, The Verge noted. 

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the prototypes reveal the very different concepts Apple toyed with before settling in the final look of the iPhone and iPad

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What do you think? Would the iPad have been better with a kickstand?

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Top secret iPad, iPhone prototypes revealed in court documents

Early concepts of Apple’s market-leading iProducts revealed as a result of a sprawling legal battle with arch-rival Samsung show wacky ideas -- including octagonal shapes, handles and kickstands.

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