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Old Jul 3, 2011, 09:26 PM   #1
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Prototype iPhone 4 Appears on eBay







As noted by ThisIsMyNext, a prototype iPhone 4 appeared on eBay this weekend. This prototype iPhone 4 has many of the signs that it is a pre-release device. The volume buttons don't have the + and - markings as the production models have, and the FCC ID, Size and Model numbers are X'd out on the back casing. The eBay description details the findings:
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1. iPhone has wear on the frame, some small marks on the rear cover, small marks on the screen. No cracks and no deep scratches.
2. Volume buttons don't have the usual + for upper button and - for lower volume button
3. Phone will not activate on at&t and when syncing with iTunes it says that this phone can not be activated with at&t sim card it won't activate (please review picture #10)
4. On rear cover Model No.: XXXXX FCC ID: BCGAXXXXX IC ID: 579C-AXXXXX (please review picture #8)
5. Front screen and rear cover has some type of numbers printed on the inside.
The iPhone 4 prototype is notable for being one of the most leaked Apple devices ever. A prototype of the device was said to be found in a bar, after which it was sold to gadget blog Gizmodo. The site then did a tear down and analysis of the device well before its launch.







Article Link: Prototype iPhone 4 Appears on Ebay

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Old Jul 3, 2011, 09:28 PM   #2
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Saw this earlier somewhere and thought it was a fake or something. Even so, who's buying this? A collector?

Good to see TIMN sourced though
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Old Jul 3, 2011, 09:31 PM   #4
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Saw this earlier somewhere and thought it was a fake or something. Even so, who's buying this? A collector?
Probably a collector, someone really interested in Apple ... imagine what it might go for in 20 years!
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Old Jul 3, 2011, 09:44 PM   #5
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Likey the auction will be taken down like usual at Apple's request.

If it is a prototype then it is Apple's property.
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Old Jul 3, 2011, 09:47 PM   #6
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Why does it look the X's get larger as they go from left to right on the model number?
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Old Jul 3, 2011, 09:56 PM   #7
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$25,300?? Current bid. That's crazy.
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Old Jul 3, 2011, 10:02 PM   #8
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Why does it look the X's get larger as they go from left to right on the model number?
Looks like a dodgy Photoshop to me, someone isn't particularly good with the distortion transforms.
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Old Jul 3, 2011, 10:20 PM   #9
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It definitely was one of the most leaked prototypes from Apple. I don't think Apple will be friends with Gizmodo for a long time. See my sig (made last year).
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Why does it look the X's get larger as they go from left to right on the model number?
Trick of the light shining on them at that angle?
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Old Jul 3, 2011, 10:38 PM   #11
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Looks like a dodgy Photoshop to me, someone isn't particularly good with the distortion transforms.
Going by the other picture I think it was just the way the light hit it...
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Old Jul 3, 2011, 11:16 PM   #13
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HAHAHA it just hit $40,000 but could that be the autobidder thing?
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Current bid is 26,000
It just went up to $40K+.

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Old Jul 3, 2011, 11:30 PM   #15
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Old Jul 3, 2011, 11:35 PM   #16
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I am curious how this ebay auction doesn't violate the Ebay TOS. I doublt Apple is listing prototypes or other IP on ebay.
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Old Jul 4, 2011, 12:00 AM   #17
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$100,000?

Punk'd.
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Imagine if that guy got it for 500 (first question posed to seller on ebay)
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Imagine if that guy got it for 500 (first question posed to seller on ebay)
That is crazy. Who knew it would get this high? I can't believe its over $100k!

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Old Jul 4, 2011, 12:23 AM   #20
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Exclamation

As noted by a commenter here, the iTunes logo didn't change until 3 months after the iPhone was released. Assuming that a prototype wouldn't be able to use a stock firmware, this is looking a bit doubtful.
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Old Jul 4, 2011, 12:51 AM   #21
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You guys should go to the ebay page and just refresh every few minutes its amazing its at US $999,999.00 it will it 1 mill i bet wow.
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at $1,000,000 now. wow
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Old Jul 4, 2011, 12:53 AM   #23
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OMG its at $999,999
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I have a feeling that the one who is bidding the highest will just back out of it and not pay.
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Dropped to $101,600.

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Due to non-legitimate bidders I am canceling "some" bidders and I am requesting all potential buyers to EMAIL ME FIRST. If you don't email me OR If you don't have "appropriate feedback" your bid will be cancelled. Thank you
http://offer.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=130540359649
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