Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch during an Apple special event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California.
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By Alex Fitzpatrick
April 2, 2015

Apple’s earliest Apple Watch prototype was basically just an iPhone strapped to somebody’s wrist with velcro, a new story detailing the Watch’s origins reveals.

In the early days of the the Apple Watch, software for the device was being developed at a quicker pace than the hardware, according to Wired. That meant the Apple Watch team had to rely on a decidedly bootleg method of developing the user interface: Essentially emulating the Apple Watch software on a modified iPhone.

Via Wired:

 

The Apple Watch is due out April 24, with preorders beginning April 10.

Read the rest of Wired’s story here: iPhone Killer: The Secret History of the Apple Watch

 

Write to Alex Fitzpatrick at alex.fitzpatrick@time.com.

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