#apple’s ‘90s precursor to the #iphone shown functioning in new video

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A new video of what appears to be a functioning 1993 Apple WALT phone has surfaced online, showing off Apple’s aborted attempt at its first phone. The video, which was posted by Apple leaker Sonny Dickson, shows off the prototype’s handwriting recognition, address book, and some pretty lengthy loading times.

WALT stood for Wizzy Active Lifestyle Telephone and was a desk phone announced by Apple back in 1993 that included elements of the Mac and Newton. It was a very ambitious device. Apple hoped that it would be able to make phone calls, send faxes, take handwritten notes, and even access online banking services.

WALT was never meant to be released to the public. Only a small number of prototypes were ever produced (including one that…

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