The iPhone we know and love today could have been very different, and maybe even a total flop, if Steve Jobs had picked a different interface for it.
A new video published by Apple leaker Sonny Dickson shows off an early-stage version of “Acorn OS,” an iPod-based interface for the iPhone that Apple was working on before deciding to go with the now-ubiquitous icon-based interface.
The story goes like this: Apple had two teams working on what would eventually become iOS (née iPhone OS).
One team, under Tony Fadell, the “father of the iPod” was working on an operating system based on the iPod interface and controlled with a click wheel. Meanwhile, another team, under ex-Apple senior vice president of iOS software Scott Forstall, was tasked with creating an icon-based interface. Read more…