How the iPad helped to shape the birth of the iPhone

Apple’s first iteration of the iPhone, was to modify the iPod in such a way that the track wheel could be used to scroll through the various phone options, but trying to enter new numbers using this technique soon proved itself to be very problematic. It just wasn’t a natural fit.

But while the iPhone team was trying to convince themselves that people would mainly call people who were already in their address book, another team was secretly working on a tablet computer – a device that would have a multi-touch screen. Steve was so amazed by it, that the two stories eventually intersected, and the ideas for the tablet flowed into the planning for the iPhone.

So actually the idea of the iPad came before, and helped shape the birth of the iPhone…