Today's Hard|Forum Post
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Sunday January 08, 2017

The iPod-Based Interface That Lost Out To iOS For The iPhone

Here’s an interesting look at what iOS could have been. Some people at Apple were so enamored with the iPod dial functionality that they virtualized it.

Instead of the modern touch-driven interface we now call iOS, it featured an operating system dubbed "Acorn OS" (this was an internal code name, and it unclear if it would have kept that name if it had been released), which is derived from the acorn shown on boot. It presents an on-screen click wheel, which took up the bottom portion of the screen, and on the other half of the screen, a UI identical to the one found on the beloved iPod, with options such as "Dial", "SMS", "Music", "Contacts" and "Recents", however lacking a browser option. The interface is interacted with in the same way an iPod would be operated.

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