APPLE iPAD: FIRST GENERATION PROTOTYPE WITH SWITCHBOARD UTILITY. Apple iPad, model K48AP, Cupertino, c.2009,

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Lot 61
APPLE iPAD: FIRST GENERATION
PROTOTYPE WITH SWITCHBOARD UTILITY.
Apple iPad, model K48AP, Cupertino, c.2009,

Sold for US$ 10,200 inc. premium
APPLE iPAD: FIRST GENERATION
PROTOTYPE WITH SWITCHBOARD UTILITY.
Apple iPad, model K48AP, Cupertino, c.2009, 243 x 190 x 13 mm, with charger.
Provenance: Henry A. Plain III (with letter about the acquisition of this item to the consignor).

The iPad was many years coming. Steve Jobs had long spoken about the "friendly" computer especially with the development and introduction of the original Macintosh. He envisioned a portable, intuitive, self-contained computer. Apple continued to work toward this goal even after Jobs was pushed out of the company eventually releasing the MessagePad running Newton OS, but with only limited success.
Jobs cancelled all Newton products when he returned and shifted the focus of the then troubled company. Several years later, when he saw the multi-touch technology that Apple was developing, he decided to put that to use first in the iPhone. It wasn't until 2007 that Jobs revisited the tablet: "The tablet project got a boost n 2007 when Jobs was considering ideas for a low-cost netbook computer. At an executive team brain-storming session one Monday, [Jony] Ive asked why it needed a keyboard hinged on the screen; that was expensive and bulky. Put the keyboard on the screen using a multi-touch interface, he suggested. Jobs agreed. So the resources were directed to revving up the tablet project rather than designing a netbook" (Isaacson p 491).
Besides the simple, inviting, even "friendly" design led by Jobs and Ives, the iPad was also notable for the A4 system-on-a-chip designed by the microprocessor design firm P.A. Semi that Apple had purchased.
The Apple iPad was an instant success when Jobs introduced it at the January 27, 2010 launch in San Francisco. 3 million were sold in the first 80 days and by the time the iPad 2 was released, more than 15 million had been sold.
The recent introduction of Apple's ARM-based M1 system-on-a-chip seems to be a flowering of Jobs' original vision with portable, simple, "friendly" devices ready to supplant even the laptop.

The present prototype bears only the central Apple logo, no FCC notice or model information. The unit boots up the the in house SwitchBoard utility and it has about 2 GB of storage. The official model had a minimum of 16GB. A great rarity on the market. Isaacson. Steve Jobs. New York: [2011].
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APPLE iPAD: FIRST GENERATION PROTOTYPE WITH SWITCHBOARD UTILITY. Apple iPad, model K48AP, Cupertino, c.2009,
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