The History of Apple iPad backtrace to 1980s
Since Apple announced iPad message has been ignored for many years
to become the industry's Tablet PC moment the focus of attention. But
you are also aware, far more than 20 years before the iPad, it has been
moving in the same direction this? Say iPad, can not but mention the
computer genius Alan Kay. Known as the father of his object-oriented, Yanjiu in
1971, Xerox PARC team Qi Jian, She Ji Le Dynabook - the concept of a micro-
computer products, is Ye Jie Gong Ren Wei yes notebook computer models, was
still a personal computer Ji Shu Chu Yu infant period, but Alan's design already
contains a number of future technologies, such as flat panel displays and
wireless communication systems.
In 1979, in Alan's invitation, Jobs, Teff Raskin and other Apple PARC veteran
who came to visit. They are Alan Kay's concept of the Windows graphical user
interface to attract that this is the future of the computer; the flexibility of the
Smalltalk language also greatly surprised. Alan's work at PARC is the seed of
Apple Macintosh, or even today's Windows operating system is an extension of
the idea of Alan. In 1993, Dynabook idea finally become a reality, turning to
In 1989, Tom Dair - Smart Design's co-founder and chairman - also Apple iPad
predecessor to work hard. In 20 years, when the iPad finally came when he
uttered such words: we are all looking forward to this moment, when we can
finally touch a real iPad, it is worth moving moment. To know that this Tablet PC
is not a new idea, in fact, it has been in existence for 20 years. You may ask,
why did I know?I know because 20 years ago, Smart Design and other
companies were Apple asked about the feasibility of the concept of this flat
<br /> PC packed into a suitcase at the time, Mac was a design concept is
defined, until today's Mac Yiran modeled at the time of the standards, adopted
the basic structure and beige exterior.
In 1989, the portable Macintosh release, and a medium-sized suitcase so much
about the "portable" computer, people joked that this is the same as dragging a
suitcase portable computer.
At that time, Apple's other products include the classic Mac SE and the bulky
Macintosh II, are typical desktop machine. In contrast, Macintosh's design
concept like milestone has not been accepted by the people, but the portability
of this budding concept has been implanted in 1989, the core of Apple design.
1989, and there is no color computer monitor, no graphics interface of the times,
and no silver laptop. As Newton and the iPad has not yet been born, iPhone with
concepts are vague. Sony Walkman popular around the world rely on portable
music device market occupied, when the Internet only in the military and private
research institutions to use the prototype.
At this point, Apple's the only one from the two-page project plan includes some
basic level of drawing rectangles and lines, that define the size and weight of the
display. Clients are required to provide two non-working state display mode and
user mode of operation of five. The entire project time period is 30 days - from
start to finish.
20 years ago iPad
Where can find a more exciting plans? This is a future plan in the future,
computers will become a fashion personal equipment, and provide more fun, but
also improve productivity. Computer will collect pictures, play music through
high-quality sound - all of us are now accustomed to, but was unimaginable.
In this two-page project plan, Apple convinced that the future will be the
portable computer can be used anytime, anywhere.
Tom Dair and his companions were impressed by the plan, did not waste a little
time to work immediately. A week later, two draft conceptual model and
framework for out of the shackles of a tangible product.
The first conceptual design, focus on the design of the minimum requirements,
but the bold use of the precision machining of aluminum alloy frame and
Side surface of the screen reserved for processes that can insert a memory card
slot, memory card the size envisaged in almost the same credit card used to
store applications and files. Designers hope that one day, all the electronic
catalogs and magazines and even e-mail can be stored in memory card and use
the device view.
Considered at the time of high-quality color screen can display images.
In order to protect the screen, and looks to a competent tablet PC look, so use a
brown leather cover as a protective cover, and the use of magnetic closely
together, so that the computer will not shake or slide.
The second concept of product, it seems more of the dynamic:
Design Notes read: take me out at the construction site using me, take me to
camp, like to play like I play guitar, and even I can use while on the move. Tom
then must have been crazy.
To promote this concept, they added in a rectangular screen in a circle outside
the oval, looks like a ring. The left has a handle, to encourage users to use it
outdoors in the middle lined with a traditional rectangular screen, built-in camera,
click on the top of the stylus can be activated, can be used to capture images,
advanced software allows the user to annotate the graph.
This is a guitar simulation application, can touch the screen with your fingers,
copy memory card to play the guitar spectrum, which is the first multi-touch
implementation. Screen next to the speaker area covered by velvet, yellow,
high-tech touch pen allows the user to record information, with the top of the
pink eraser erase digital information.
Ring-shaped rings can also provide a base functionality, so that the display stand
together to maintain a certain angle, the same as normal computer use, like
reading a book or a magazine.
Needless to say, Smart Design's designers are excited to these two models
mailed to Apple. They even came up with a way to let the computer screen when
the lights are out. After about a week, Apple received these two prototypes, but
after these two works, and that the project would go down the drain, never to be
concerned about before. 4 years later, Apple introduced the Newton, the first
handheld computer, the history of this before, I am afraid to say that only those
who clear the old staff.
Although iPad acclaim 20 years late, but in any case, the genius designers of the
concept has become a reality, maybe this is their best reward.