iPad Idea Came Before iPhone Idea

June 3, 2010  |  

(Time) — Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs shared a secret with his audience at a technology conference outside Los Angeles Tuesday: The idea for the iPad came before the iPhone.The idea to ditch the keyboard for what Jobs calls a multi-touch display came about in the early 2000s, although the company was working on a telephone at the time, he said. That’s when a prototype was brought to him that used the device’s now-famous scrolling mechanism.See TIME’s photoessay “The Unveiling of Apple’s iPad Tablet.”

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