“To understand the iPhone today, and how it has shaped Apple and pushed the world forward, it’s important to have a sense of perspective. A critical part of that is understanding how it all started – where the iPhone of today got its roots,” Sonny Dickson blogs. “Back in the beginning, there were two iPhone projects, the P1 and P2. Tony Fadell had the clout of being ‘Godfather’ of the iPod, but Scott Forsall had been working with Steve since NeXT. The iPhone P2 is what came to be known as the original selling model of the iPhone, paving the foundation of where we are today, 10 years in the future.”

“The P1 project is Tony Fadell’s project. The P1 iPhone is essentially an iPod OS on a touch screen device. At the time, the iPod had control of the market and people were very comfortable with the device. Then there was the P2 project, Scott Forstall’s,” Disckon writes. “Contrary to the P1 interface, the P2 OS used individual icons to interact with the phone rather than a scroll wheel. It was the first true touch and app driven phone experience.”

“When the iPhone was undergoing development, both projects ran what is know as Acorn OS and ran on the same hardware. Both teams were extremely competitive because both project teams wanted to impress Steve Jobs,” Disckon writes. “The P2 loads octopus whereas the P1 has the iPod classic logo. The P2 takes a significantly longer to load because it actually has a real OS, whereas the P1 takes much less time since the OS is slimmer.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: A nice peek inside Apple’s process (at least as it existed under Steve Jobs) that shows Apple obviously making the right choice and why Fadell ended up leaving Apple to instead make heavily-recalled thermostats.