Apple iPhone almost scrapped in design stage

Apple iPhone almost scrapped in design stage

Apple designer Sir Jonathan Ive has claimed that the iPhone almost did not make it into production.

The device, which has become one of the most popular smartphones in the world, both for commercial and business use, proved difficult to design.

Sir Jonathan revealed that designers struggled to come up with a design that allowed users to put the device to their ear without accidentally activating the touch screen with their ear.

"We nearly shelved the phone because we thought there were fundamental problems that we can't solve. With the early prototypes, I held the phone to my ear and my ear [would] dial the number," he said.

Apple eventually overcame the problems with the first iPhone, and has gone on to sell 250 million devices since the launch in 2007.

However, the British designer revealed that Apple's aim is not to make money, with its first principle to create "great products".