The court proceedings between Apple and Samsung have again thrown up more early prototype images of the iPad – complete with kickstand – but this time we also get an insight into what the iPhone 4 might have been, too. 

From the images we can see that Apple toyed with several different concepts for the iPhone 4 back in 2010 when it tried to revamp the design of previous models. 

While the hexagonal-shaped design certainly draws a second glance, the straight-edged variant has a thick metallic border that is something of an eyesore. Give us the rounded edges and larger display any day.

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As for the iPad, well it would appear that Apple gave serious consideration to including a built-in kickstand. If you listen carefully you’ll be able to hear hundreds of Apple iPad accessory manufacturers breathing a sigh of relief that they didn’t.

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While the Apple and Samsung “he said, she said” debacle has been a rather ugly affair, Pocket-lint has to admit that it’s been intriguing to see what might have been.

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