iPhone prototypes on eBay

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  1. Chimera macrumors 6502

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    This is pretty interesting, on eBay a guy has 2 prototype iPhones for sale, one is working and has a plastic screen instead of glass:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=170308425742

    Seems like Apple prototypes are becoming easier to get hold of after the original iPod the other week and the MacBook Air a few months ago.
     
  2. yorkshire macrumors 6502a

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    Nice find. That beta OS looks interesting, considering the iPhone was so close to being announcedl
     
  3. Warbrain macrumors 603

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    I swear I've seen those pictures on here before when someone bought some prototypes...wonder if he's selling them.
     
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  5. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Reminds me of the Storm a bit, too, with the oversized pulldown selector box.

    Apple has said that they didn't even put in UI features that are taken for granted now, such as using flick-scrolling, until part way through the project.

    (Almost too bad they did, and threw out the baby with the bath water. A scrollbar would be really handy sometimes.)

    To the OP: thanks for the eBay pointer!
     
  6. benflick macrumors 68020

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    Woah, those are freaky! The OS is shocking! Can you imagine what could have been?
     
  7. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    PS. I betcha Apple uses a shill and bids as much as possible to keep the unit out of anyone's hands.

    Or perhaps one of those offshore gambling places that pay $30K for toast that looks like Mary, will get it.
     
  8. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    How did this person get a prototype? I would have assumed that as secretive as Apple is they would force everyone with a prototype to return it or get sued into oblivion.
     
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    I remember similar photos being posted somewhere - everyone was surprised by Apple's sense of humour with the Cheerios "serial" box...
     
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  14. benflick macrumors 68020

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    According to YouTube:
    So maybe Apple wants 'em back.:)
     
  15. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    I'm surprised you'd sell what some people would consider an incredibly rare slice of Apple history "to pay off some bills".
     

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