Prototype Original iPad with Dual Dock Connectors Surfaces

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Ever since its initial introduction in early 2010, the iPad has offered a single dock connector oriented in portrait mode. But a rumor just prior to that introduction had indicated that the device would include a second dock connector designed for landscape orientation, and patent applications filed on the design of the iPad similarly showed two dock connectors.

    We've heard that Apple did originally plan to use dual dock connectors but scrapped the idea in favor of simplicity with just a single port, and a photo of a rear shell with holes for two connectors that surfaced in late 2010 indicated that Apple was indeed at least prototyping a dual dock connector design.


    Further evidence of Apple's work on the dual dock connector design has now surfaced in a new eBay listing for a prototype 16 GB original iPad that contains two dock connectors, one each in portrait and landscape orientations.


    Landscape dock connector on prototype iPad
    The prototype iPad is in nearly functional condition, although it appears that minor repairs to the touch sensing capabilities are needed. While it is possible that a second dock connector could be faked with appropriate tools and spare parts, extensive documentation on the listing in the form of detailed photos appears to be consistent with the device being a genuine Apple prototype. Several components carry earlier part numbers and copyright dates than seen on corresponding components in the released original iPad, and the device is running Apple's SwitchBoard diagnostic software.


    The device does not contain the "iPad" name printed on its shell, instead including a prototype identification number in a number of locations on the rear shell and front bezel. The regulatory text section on the rear of the prototype includes "X" placeholders for the device's battery rating, and also includes a placeholder listing for a Broadcom Wi-Fi chip included in the device.

    The starting bid on the listing for the prototype iPad is $4,800, and the auction ends shortly after midnight Eastern Time tonight.

    Article Link: Prototype Original iPad with Dual Dock Connectors Surfaces
  2. macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jan 2, 2007
  4. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    I'm guessing the reason the auction is going to be so brief (starting today and ending at midnight?) is to try completing the auction before Apple can react. Pick a holiday so that everyone is off work, and with any luck, Apple will be sufficiently delayed with so much staff enjoying their long weekend.
  5. macrumors 603


    The question is, how did this get out of Apple's secure environment?
  6. macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
  7. macrumors 6502


    Feb 26, 2011
    That's a prototype UI to test basic functionalities? Every prototype has it.
  8. macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2012
    :apple:Can't wait for Tim "Commu-apple-" Cookster to send police to get this down. Only Apple would do this, in fear of losing potential buyers of their current devices. Not Samsung, not Asus, no one would do this but the Communist-Manifesto Freaks known as Apple. Sorry this is just a vent, angers me how this collective group of abusers can get away with this :mad::confused:
  9. macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Good they didn't put that in production. It's not :apple:
  10. macrumors 6502


    May 10, 2005
  11. macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2009
    With that prototype UI, we're they also considering some type of phone functionality with the iPad?
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
    Location Location
    I think he was making a witty comment
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2008
    NYC, NY
    Wow interesting. Judging by these photos it seems that the connector where the second dock connector is connected to is STILL present on 1st gen iPad motherboards. So it seems Apple got lazy and didn't remove the connector on the motherboard. Feasibly, if you were to get the 2nd dock connector ribbon cable you could hook it up to your first gen iPad. The connector is the bottom left one 2nd from bottom. As you can see in iFixit's teardown, nothing is connected to it when they tore it down.
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2006
    How is it not Apple when it's clearly made by Apple? :confused:
  15. macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009

    You dislike SkankPhone?
  16. macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    Good that they didn't release it with the dual dock, it looks like crap. Glad Steve was there to exercise judgement. Sadly he is no longer with us and I wonder who ll exercise good judgement for apple these days, because neither lion nor the apple tv ui show there's someone there capable of doing so. :(
  17. macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2006
    I wish they had left the dual connectors. I find I wish I could have the ipad in the stand in landscape mode quite a lot for viewing online TV channels and movies.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2009
    Why would anyone want to buy this...piece of outdated, non working junk?
  19. macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    Jony Ive is still there to exercise judgement on hardware. It seems he has no control over software according to recent coverage.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    Uhhh. The article never said Steve was the one who decided not to put the dual docks in... And he was also around for Lion and Apple TV.... Apple is a big company; not all great decisions were Steve's. Even the bad ideas at Apple had to have gone through Steve Jobs at one point or another while he was CEO.
  21. macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    You're criticizing Apple for something they haven't done yet. It's bizarre.
  22. macrumors regular

    Feb 7, 2011
    London, England
    Hey, this would've made that keyboard dock apple decided to scrap after one generation actually usable.


    In da zoo rule numba one is: don't feed da troll!
  23. macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2011
    What have you been smoking, buddy? :confused:
  24. macrumors member


    Feb 17, 2012
    Midwest USA
    So was this simply being used to help figure out which side of the iPad they liked the connector on best?
  25. macrumors 6502a


    May 17, 2007
    Prototype or not, I'm intrigued that any company makes a handheld device that is so slippery. :D

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