The Lost Apple 'MacPhone'

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This thing is basically the centaur of gadgets.

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Helmut Esslinger via Design Boom

In the early 1980s, Frog Design founder Helmut Esslinger had the freedom to create a new look and feel for Apple. In a new book excerpted on Designboom, he shows off his prototypes for what would become the defining Apple look in the pre-iPod era.

Among the old prototypes for what would become the Apple IIC and IIE, we find this strange contraption, the "Macphone." Part stylus-operated tablet, part (corded, landline?) telephone, there still isn't a gadget today that looks like it. And there may never be: the MacPhone is probably a dead branch on the technological evolutionary tree, despite its excellent handset shape.

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Helmut Esslinger via Design Boom





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