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Prototype iPhone 4 Appears on eBay

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Jul 3, 2011.

  1. MacRumors, Jul 3, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 3, 2011

    macrumors bot




    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:
    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
  2. macrumors demi-god


    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 :)
  3. macrumors 6502

    Gray Powell's iPhone4?
  4. Moderator emeritus


    Probably a collector, someone really interested in Apple ... imagine what it might go for in 20 years!
  5. macrumors 65816


    Likey the auction will be taken down like usual at Apple's request.

    If it is a prototype then it is Apple's property.
  6. macrumors 6502


    Why does it look the X's get larger as they go from left to right on the model number?
  7. macrumors member

    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    $25,300?? Current bid. That's crazy.
  8. macrumors regular


    Looks like a dodgy Photoshop to me, someone isn't particularly good with the distortion transforms.
  9. macrumors 6502


    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).
  10. macrumors 603


    Trick of the light shining on them at that angle?
  11. macrumors 604


    Current bid is 26,000
  12. macrumors 68000

    Going by the other picture I think it was just the way the light hit it...

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  13. macrumors regular

    HAHAHA it just hit $40,000 :eek: but could that be the autobidder thing?
  14. macrumors 6502

    It just went up to $40K+.

    Somebody owes Macrumors a huge 'thank you.'
  15. macrumors regular


  16. macrumors member

    I am curious how this ebay auction doesn't violate the Ebay TOS. I doublt Apple is listing prototypes or other IP on ebay.
  17. macrumors 6502a


  18. macrumors 6502

    Imagine if that guy got it for 500 (first question posed to seller on ebay)
  19. CaseyEE, Jul 3, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2011

    macrumors newbie

    That is crazy. Who knew it would get this high? I can't believe its over $100k!
  20. macrumors regular


    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.
  21. macrumors member

    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.
  22. macrumors newbie

    at $1,000,000 now. wow
  23. macrumors regular

    OMG its at $999,999 :eek:
  24. macrumors 604


    I have a feeling that the one who is bidding the highest will just back out of it and not pay.
  25. macrumors 6502a


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