Ars Technica has gotten their hands on some photos of an early iPhone prototype from early 2005. The images were sent to Ars Technica from a former Apple employee that worked on various Apple hardware projects in the early 2000s. He declined to be named out of fear from getting in trouble by his employer. The early iPhone prototype has several ports including USB ports, an Ethernet port, and a serial port. Apple never planned on making this prototype a final product.
The early prototype was 5″ x 7″ and was roughly two inches thick. Nobody knew what the final device would look like at that early date since Apple’s development process constantly changes. The ARM chip in the prototype looks like a variant of the Samsung S3C2410. The chip was clocked at 200-233MHz and the first 2007 iPhone used a 620MHz chip under clocked at 412MHz.
“Seems large now,” stated the source with Ars Technica, “but at the time it was really impressive seeing basically a version of OS X running on it.”