Tony Fadell, known for his role in creating the iPod, told Wired that Apple had several different prototypes that came together to make the final design of the original iPhone. Those designs included a touchscreen MacBook Pro and a multi-touch MacBook Pro, Fadell told Wired in an interview published this week.
"The touchscreen MacBook project was basically trying to get touchscreen technology into a Mac to try to compete with Microsoft tablets," Fadell told Wired. "Steve [Jobs] was pissed off, and wanted to show them how to do it right. Well, that might have been the project to show Microsoft how to do it right, but they quickly realized there was so much software and there were so many new apps needed, and that everything had to be changed that it was very difficult."