I always enjoy looking back at old products and remembering how special they were to me when they first launched. The Samsung BlackJack was my first smartphone, for example, and I loved Windows Mobile before I was first introduced to iOS and, now, Android.

Now, we have a chance to look back at a prototype of the first iPad, which was published by NetworkWorld recently. The iPad, no doubt, completely changed the tablet landscape and made way for further generation as well as Android competitors from Samsung, HTC, ASUS, Acer and dozens of other companies. Microsoft had been involved in helping its partners launch tablets for years, but none took off as quickly or was as widely as accepted as the first iPad.

In a deposition transcript that was recently discovered by NetworkWorld, Apple design head Jonathan Ive said "Prototype 035," as the device is known in the early 2000s, was "part of the design process, part of the exploration" of building the very first iPad that hit the market.

"My recollection of first seeing it is very hazy, but it was, I'm guessing, sometime between 2002 and 2004…  I remember seeing this and perhaps models similar to this when we were first exploring tablet designs that ultimately became the iPad," Ive said.

The device is large and is much thicker than the current generation "new iPad" that's available today and it just goes to show how much technology can change in less than ten years. Check out the full gallery below.

Original iPad Prototype 035 Gallery



[via TechCrunch, NetworkWorld]