The Original iPhone

courtesy of freepatentsonline.comWay back in 1998 – almost prehistoric when it comes to technology – a US inventor registered a design patent for “Computer display with an iPhone window” in a prescient move that saw a device with email, telephone, internet services all arranged by handy icons in a rectangular screen called an “iPhone”.  Sound familiar?  Check it out.

The inventor, Joseph Giordano, sold the invention to InfoGear Technology Corp., which was acquired by Cisco in 2000, and Cisco famously locked horns with Apple in January 2007 when Apple’s iPhone was launched.  The rest, of course, is history.  The good news is that if someone on your gift list is clamouring for an iPhone, you can always get them one of these if you can’t afford the latest 3GS.

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