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2007: The original iPhone
It's 2007. George W Bush is president, the housing bubble hasn't collapsed yet, Lehman Brothers is still flying high, and Apple introduces the exciting new iPhone, complete with an interface that has four main application icons, and a grid for secondary icons.
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1996: Pilot 1000
It was 1996. Spin City and Sabrina: The Teenage Witch were debuting on TV. It was a great year for bad blockbuster movies, with Independence Day, Twister, and The Rock dominating movie screens the world over. And US Robotics (not yet even called Palm) had introduced the Pilot 1000 and Pilot 5000 (the name "PalmPilot" was a trademark lawsuit still in the future).
While slightly different in form from the iOS devices, the Pilot had four main application buttons along the bottom of the device (hard buttons, this time) and a grid of application buttons on the main screen. The Pilot, famously, also used a weird form of handwriting recognition we all got to know for about a decade called Graffiti.
1993: Newton MessagePad
As the DeLorean comes in for a landing, we discover the original Apple handheld device, the original Newton MessagePad. The MessagePad actually shows six main icons (hmmm ... our current iPads will also support six main icons) and a grid of supporting applications.
It seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same.