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Apple Tablet Designs Surface (From 1983)


Back in the ’80s, Apple was already thinking about a tablet-like computer. These are the early prototypes that were created all the way back in 1983.

apple tablet mac computer retro

This tablet was named Bashful, which seems kind of strange. Apparently, it’s a reference to Snow White. It was supposed to be an extension and companion for the Apple IIe.

apple tablet mac computer retro

Frogdesign created these mock-ups and dug deep into their archives to show them to everybody. With Apple ready to unveil it’s own tablet on Wednesday, this blast from the past lets you know just how prescient Apple was back then.

Unfortunately(?), Bashful never made it to the market. There were some different variations, one had a phone, others were operated with a stylus, while one even had a 3.5-inch floppy drive.

[via Wired]

Comments (1):

  1. Paul says:

    Snow White was the name given to the design elements developed by frog design that Apple used in their product line from 1984 to 1990, and was first introduced in the Apple //c.

    I would presume, given that Bashful is the name of one of the seven dwarfs in Snow White, frog design probably did a number of concept designs for Apple at the time, including of course this “tablet”.

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