The Original iPhone? Apple Phone Patent from 1985

Apr 29, 2011 - 5 Comments

Apple phone patent from 1985

Long before the iPhone, there was… an Apple phone? I don’t know if this is real, if it was actually patented by Apple Inc, or if it was ever produced, but it certainly looks like someones brilliant high-tech idea from 1985. Who wouldn’t want to be talking into a flip apple phone?

For more retro Apple fun, check out the hilarious Apple Corporate video from 1984. Be sure to have your audio on for that one, because there’s even a theme song.

image via @AppleSpotlight


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, iPhone, Retro


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  1. Marcos says:


  2. […] this one looks much more useful than the silly looking literal Apple phone from 1985, which was shaped like an actual Apple logo. stLight.options({ […]

  3. Amy says:

    Hey. That looks like the apple logo. lol

  4. tzs says:

    First, just to be clear, this is a design patent. Design patents basically cover the ornamental design of a product, not the functionality or technology.

    Anyway, the company that got this patent was not Apple. It was Marvin Glass & Associates.

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