Prototype iPhone 4 Appears on eBay

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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:
1. iPhone has wear on the frame, some small marks on the rear cover, small marks on the screen. No cracks and no deep scratches.
2. Volume buttons don't have the usual + for upper button and - for lower volume button
3. Phone will not activate on at&t and when syncing with iTunes it says that this phone can not be activated with at&t sim card it won't activate (please review picture #10)
4. On rear cover Model No.: XXXXX FCC ID: BCGAXXXXX IC ID: 579C-AXXXXX (please review picture #8)
5. Front screen and rear cover has some type of numbers printed on the inside.
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.







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soco

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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 :)
 

r.j.s

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Saw this earlier somewhere and thought it was a fake or something. Even so, who's buying this? A collector?
Probably a collector, someone really interested in Apple ... imagine what it might go for in 20 years!
 

MBP13

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

BCurry1

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

pewra

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Why does it look the X's get larger as they go from left to right on the model number?
Looks like a dodgy Photoshop to me, someone isn't particularly good with the distortion transforms.
 

PorterRocks

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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).
 

tums

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

pewra

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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.
 

Tim9724

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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.
 

wordoflife

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