(Credit: Apple) The small device known as the iPhone that fits in your pocket wasn't always so tiny.
In fact, one of the early demos was so clunky that its description conjures up images of the first, massive mainframe computers, instead of the slick handset-computers Apple eventually introduced in July 2007.
In a long magazine piece published online Friday in The New York Times, then-Apple executive Tony Fadell recalled Steve Jobs showing him an early example of the phone's eventual touch-screen technology in mid-2005: "He said: 'Tony, come over here. Here's something we're working on. What do you think? Do you think we could make a phone out of this?' " Fadell says, referring to a demo Jobs was playing with. "It was huge. It filled the room. There was a projector mounted on the ceiling, and it would project the Mac screen onto this surface that was maybe three or four feet square. Then you could touch the Mac screen and move things around and draw on it. It might not be quite fair to call that projector contraption an early prototype of the actual phone -- it's more of an ancestor, or the primordial goop that would eventually become a prototype of the phone. (The story also says that there were six fully operati... [Read more]