Would You Buy This iPhone Prototype?

By Adrian Covert on at

We've seen plenty of iPhone and iPad prototypes as this legal battle against Samsung unfolds. But most of them were left prototypes for a reason—visually speaking. However, this latest one unearthed by the Verge caught my eye in a different way.

Apple revealed the tidbit yesterday that the iPhone was birthed from a 2003 research project for the iPad. This CAD-rendered design—which shares A LOT in common with the iPad 1—seems to be part of that. But the hard edges along the face give this a different flair. Along with the curved metal back, this design looks positively space-age. It's also slightly reminiscent of the HTC One X. Imagine you never invested a second or a penny into a single smartphone ecosystem. If you saw this phone, would it be enough to convince you to buy it? For me, I think yes. [The Verge]