Prototype TiBook on ebay....

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by applefan1997, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. macrumors 6502

    I stumbled upon one today. Unfortunatly they dont have the adapter and cannot test it. I didnt put up the link(i think it's prohibited here?).
    A few things that tipped me off:

    The lettering under the display reads "PowerBook", like the Pismo

    The two included batterys reads(on the first) "PANASONIC P12 DVT BATTERY SAMPLE 10/5/2000

    and the second reads "Sony P12 T3 EVT2 Battery Sample 09/7/00 Not for resale Do not puncture or incinerate"

    By the way, the model#is M5884, indicating it's the 400/500MHz models

    Then, the apple logo on the top is like the G3 series. When it's opened, it faces upside down, rather than right side up.

    Clearly these features are unique, and the fact that the batteries are from 2000 makes it a prototype, later reworked to what we know today.

    What's something like this worth?
  2. macrumors 6502

    post the link.
  3. macrumors 6502

  4. macrumors 68020

    If you could, that'd be great. It's not illegal, and would really help in this instance.

    EDIT: beat to it.
  5. macrumors 68020


  6. emw
    macrumors G4


    One of the pictures shows that the screen case has either been tampered with or damaged. I wonder if the Apple is upside down because the case was put together incorrectly?
  7. macrumors 6502

    If you pay close attention, you can see screws along the top edge of the display, It wouldnt have been there on the bottom. Either way, the other differences do show something about it....
  8. macrumors 68020

    That's a very good point.

    Beyond that, to me it looks like a stock Rev. A TiBook. (Though the batteries are weird... both replacements, perhaps?)
  9. macrumors 6502a


    That doesn't really explain why it's missing the word G4 on the screen bezel.
  10. macrumors 6502

    keep in mind that prototypes do look like the originals sometimes. The top case has certain features on it anyway that would prevent it from fitting the wrong way. Then, it would typically share certain features of the direct predecessor, the pismo woulnt it, i mean, the similarities(lettering,apple logo,etc) cant be a coincidence. Also, how could replacement batteries be from 2000, and marked as "Not for resale"?
  11. macrumors newbie

  12. macrumors 6502

    Well, then it was SOME kind of pre-production model....
  13. macrumors regular

    Well, the title of the auction does say "APPLE POWERBOOK MAC LAPTOP G4 / G3 15" Screen - PARTS". Sounds to me like it's a G4 notebook that's screen has later been replaced with a G3 screen.

    Doesn't explain the batteries, though...

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