Although today’s all about novelty, with the Apple Tablet launch and all, we get back to the past and discover that the Apple Tablet is not by any means something completely new. Back in the 1980s, an industrial design firm created some tablet prototypes for the Cupertino company. The young Steve Jobs had the opportunity to mess with the following device, pictured below and dubbed the Bashful.

The name is a reference to the dwarf in the “Snow White” fairy tale and we learn that the design created alongside the Apple II “as an extension to the Snow White industrial design language”, used by Apple from 1984 to 1990. The company who created Bashful back then is now called Frog Design and they’ve just unveiled the shots of the old gadget, dating back from over 25 years.

This makes the concept of “long awaited Apple Tablet” get more substance, right? Turns out that some of the prototypes of this device included a stylus and one of them even had a phone attached.