Calling all iPhone Collectors

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  1. Fralle, May 4, 2014
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    Fralle macrumors 6502

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    Does anybody collect iPhones? There are no threads in this forum about iPhone collecting. I know one member on this forum that has an awesome collection of rare iPhones.

    In the iPod forum we have a thread started by MattyMac in 2007, which has grown to cover everything about collecting iPods. It has 1461 replies and have been viewed 293,600 times.

    How about it? Would anyone like to share their iPhone collection with us? :)
     
  2. braddick macrumors 68040

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    I do, along with iPods.
    I enjoy collecting odd firmware within the iPhone.
    (For example, 4.1 on an iP4)

    Apple products intrigue me- really for reasons that are difficult to explain and sometimes justify.
     
  3. iChernov, May 4, 2014
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    I'd be surprised if a noticeable number of people there is collecting iPhones - Apple didn't produce any special editions of the iPhones, and the devices themselves are rather expensive. Probably somebody collect sealed devices and/or some special firmware versions, but I can hardly imagine anything else.

    However, early iPhones with the very first iOS versions of a kind could have really funny bugs. The most strange (in terms of unpredictable behavior) iPhones I know are iPhone 2G with iOS 1.0 and (surprisingly) iPhone 5S with iOS 7.0.0.
     
  4. Devlin234 macrumors member

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    I remember this thread for iPods. nice to see that you made one for iPhones. :) I have been collecting iphones since i was 13, but unfortunately, I have missed out on a few generations :(
     
  5. ionjohn macrumors 65816

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    If I weren't 20 and If I had money I would collect every iPhone on their respective operating system
     
  6. AT101ET macrumors 6502

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    It's not too late to start.
    Well plated Fralle and iChernov on getting this started. - Hope it prices popular :)

    I've never collected iPhones. I do have a sealed 1st Gen though in my cupboard as part of my iPod collection (that includes a iPad and iPhone). Mainly because of how it revolutionised the smartphone and tablet world we now live in.

    I do know someone who collects iPhones. I don't collect recent models, but I use my 5s daily ;)
     
  7. JohnLT13 macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe 2g with iOS 1. But still not that rare if at all.
     
  8. iChernov, May 4, 2014
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    see http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=18286307&postcount=24

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    I already got some valuable opinions about my collection, thanks. I lost the desire to share it with anybody again.

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    I did a small "research" in this area and can just name the rarest iPhones I know.

    1) Prototypes (obviously), especially - prototypes of the original iPhone.
    Photo from the MacRumors news

    [​IMG]

    2) Gold iPhone 5S with iOS 7.0 Rarest color (at least at the launch day) + the iOS version, available only on the units, sold during the launch day. All later/preordered devices came with iOS 7.0.1 or later.

    [​IMG]

    3) European 4GB version of the original iPhone, which never reached the end customers.
    Photo from the post of Salvarth

    [​IMG]
     
  9. MyiBill macrumors 6502

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    So its mostly the firmware thats rare, not the hardware?
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    The hardware isn't going to be rare when Apple sold millions of them.
     
  11. iChernov, May 5, 2014
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    if you read my post above, you will see, that there are still rare hardware specimen. Prototypes are always rare, but cancelled models (i.e. european iPhone 4GB) are also very hard to find.

    I think that early prototypes of the original white iPhone 4 are also very rare, but at the same time famous due to the continuous delays with shipping of the white model in 2010 and 2011. The most obvious difference is in the sensors line above the earpiece:

    [​IMG]
     
  12. maflynn Moderator

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    I'm not saying every iPhone is common, just a general observation
     
  13. iChernov, May 12, 2014
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    iChernov macrumors regular

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    What do you think? That's not a fake/copy, just a special designer's version

    [​IMG]
     
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    A neat idea but I don't see collectors going nuts for them since it's not an Apple special edition. It's not uncommon to see third part designers buy a bulk of devices, modify them and resell them.
     
  16. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

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    I think I've already postwhored my iphone collection enough in here. LULZ :D
     
  17. iChernov, Jun 6, 2014
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    Okay...
     
  18. IpadSC400, Jun 6, 2014
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    Well I kinda collect iPhones.

    I have:

    The 4GB iPhone 1st generation in very good condition. Works perfectly. (US version unfortunately...)

    iPhone 5C with custom 5S white screen, home button, ect. :D

    I sold an iphone 4 that was running iOS4...also have an iPod shuffle 1st gen sealed.

    My 5S is gold and I got it a few days after release. It was on iOS7.0...:( Wish I didn't update...

    I also really like iPhone 5's with iOS6...sold a bunch recently
     
  19. IpadSC400 macrumors 6502a

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    Here are pics of my collection.
     

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  21. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Apparently not so dead after all.
     
  22. brucecottonmout macrumors member

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    Why on earth/ how on earth would anyone collect these?

    Did you steal them from people?

    When I have an upgrade available, I sell the old one. I no understand you people...
     
  23. Ann P macrumors 68020

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    I'm not a collector but, is it a crime to keep your old phone or something? I no understand you.
     

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