Prototype Newton on eBay.

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  1. Battlestar macrumors 6502

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    Do you get a Certificate of Authenticity with it?
     
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    It doesn't say that you do. Looks real though. I'm not the seller.
     
  3. jparenti macrumors newbie

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    Oh yes...it's real. The prototypes of the OMP are getting rare nowadays. It will be interesting to see what it goes for, once the Newton aficionados hear about it. :p I myself have a MessagePad 2000 that I use constantly.
     
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    I want a Newton, but I'm not sure what I would do with it. How much do normal ones go for?
     
  5. awmazz macrumors 65816

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    That's actually the 'Batmobile' Newton. One of three prototype versions that were superseded to market by the 4th and final version. You can see the three here (with a link to a flickr page showing more pics of the Batmobile version):

    http://www.cultofmac.com/bic-cadillac-and-batmobile-three-newton-prototypes/26708

    This ebay one is missing the bit that actually refers to its name, the batmobile type snap-on cover. Still rare, but without the cover... I dunno. A few were actually made for a TV show in a limited production run (like the Powerbook in Independence Day), something Apple did a bit of back then.
     
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  7. awmazz macrumors 65816

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    Ha, one of the comments is saying it was made for the Batman TV show. Which was back in the '60s!
     
  8. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    It's obviously someone here then. :) Do we have a rat?
     
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    I think that we and 9to5mac have given this guy quite a stimulus. It's at >$500 right now.
     
  10. awmazz macrumors 65816

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    Publicity really boosts these auctions. They're easy to miss if you're not paying attention the week the auction is on.

    If you hadn't mentioned it maybe nobody would have noticed and you could have got it for the $100 reserve as the only bidder!
     
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  12. appleguy123 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I don't trust how stable this Newton will be. I was searching for NEwtons on eBay when I found it. Just thought that I would help the guy out/ get more info by making a thread about it.
     
  13. awmazz macrumors 65816

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    If you actually want a usable Newton, go for a 2000/2100 or an eMate with OS 2.1. This one is a collectible so shouldn't really be used anyway to keep it from further wear and tear to maintain its value.
     
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  15. awmazz macrumors 65816

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    Why do you assume it was Apple? The guy could have sold it privately or even decided to keep it and pulled the auction himself.
     

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