How Tony Fadell lost a prototype iPhone, made a secret stylus, and other strange tales!
Dave Lee and the BBC provide a look back at the original iPhone from a very Tony Fadell — former head of iPod at Apple and Nest at Google — perspective.
There were two branches of Purple Experience Project (Purple or PEP). Fadell and team were working on P1, a more conservative prototype, while Scott Forstall and team were working on P2, what became the iPhone. If P2 couldn't get to market faster enough, P1 could. But P2 actually beat P1 to milestones like functioning SMS, and given all its other advantages, P1 ultimately went nowhere.
Listen to our interview with Nitin Ganatra on building the original iPhone
Some of the people who left Apple shortly thereafter ended up at Palm where they shipped the Pre running webOS which, wait for it, had a physical keyboard and used WebKit for the interface layer.
Also included, Fadell losing a prototype iPhone on a plane, research notes while getting lunch, and a weird story about "making iPhone work with a stylus".
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.