This is the system Apple used to test iPhone software in 2006

The Wall Street Journal has a story about the birth of the iPhone (which I am still a little startled to realize is only seven years old ... I think my memory is merging iPhones and iPods into a sense of the presence of a single iThing). In an accompanying blog post, they shared this photo taken by Apple engineers, showing the system that was used to test out prototypes of iPhone software before its release. According to the blog post, the system "tethered a plastic touch-screen device – code-named “Wallaby” – to an outdated Mac to simulate the slower speeds of a phone hardware."

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  1. I'm pretty sure I was using a blue & white G3 in 2006, and not for 'simulating low power hardware'..

  2. So grandpa Simpson was right all along, this new fangled iPhone is nothing but a waffle iron with a phone attached!

  3. wikipedia says

    It was introduced in January 1999, succeeding the original "beige" Power Macintosh G3, with which it shared the name and processor architecture but little else; it was discontinued in favor of the Power Mac G4 line in August 1999.

    You poor thing....

  4. Yeah, it was a pretty old computer by that point. I replaced it with a first-gen core 2 duo iMac, which Google tells me came out in late 2006.

    Funny thing is, it was still much faster and more responsive than my much newer computer at work - from pressing the power button to reading my first email message was pretty quick. At work, using what the specs would have suggested was a reasonably powerful 2004 or 2005 model PC, between typing in my password and the GUI being responsive enough that I could do anything useful, there was a delay long enough for a bathroom break, fetching a cup of coffee, and a brief chat if someone else happened to be in the kitchen.

  5. I ran 10.5.8 on my Powermac G4. It really showed its age at the end. Somebody at Apple assumed more than one core. I think I had 1.75 GB at the end.

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