Early iPhone prototypes were inspired by Sony designs

The Verge has come across a number of documents revealing early prototypes of both the iPhone and the iPad. And according to a court filing made ahead of the companies’ impending patent trial, set to kick off on Monday, some of Apple’s early iPhone prototypes were influenced by Sony designs, which, as you can see, bear a striking resemblance to the iPhone 4S. Other interesting documents reveal the many materials Apple experimented with as well as an iPad with a kickstand. Yes, a kickstand. For more photos, head over to The Verge.

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