Purported Original iPhone Prototype Sells on eBay for $1499

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    An alleged prototype version of Apple's original iPhone has sold on eBay for $1499, with the device appearing to be in excellent condition and containing signal strength measurements etched on the rear casing. The device is also shown running Apple's internal diagnostic software.
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    The authenticity of the device has not been confirmed, and similar signal strength etchings do not appear to have been seen on other prototypes, but the device does lack the standard regulatory text on the rear casing that would be present on a non-prototype unit. A reddit user claims to be the buyer of the device, but it has not yet been delivered to allow for further testing of its authenticity.

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    It is not unusual for prototype Apple devices to appear on eBay, and many of these auctions are quickly removed, presumably at Apple's request. This auction was able to be completed, perhaps due to having been posted for only two days and having ended through a "Buy It Now" purchase well ahead of the scheduled ending time.

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  2. MartinAppleGuy macrumors 68020

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    I would love one of them. With that; you always have a better iPhone than the next one that comes out :)
     
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    Looks very legit. I recall when the iPhone Dev Team got way back then several iPhone prototypes, one of which was a working one with mock-up software. That software that was running on that device looks eerily similar to this device.
     
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    I think I would have asked for more than just $1500 if I was selling it and it was legitimate. In a few decades, I imagine this will be worth $10K+.
     
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    Of couse! This thing is already running OSX :) Look at the debug info!

    (I know it is a tweaked kernel; only a joke).
     
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    Oddly enough, today's iOS 7 seems to take styling cues from that demo software.
     
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    Damn I wish I knew this was for sale. I would have bought it for probably more lol:apple:
     
  12. ironsienna, Dec 30, 2013
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    Who needs a special personalised "Merry Christmas" message etched on the back when you can have a beautiful signal strength value, bringing back nostalgia and memories of the special moment, the sentimental value and the uniqueness of this gift!
     
  13. KimJonNumberUn macrumors regular

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    i remember i got a motorola razr that year. thought it was a sick phone, thin and sexy design. still think it was one of the coolest flip phones

    then the iphone came out. it may not seem like it now, but back than that was the sh**
     
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    So amazing to see how something like this has changed phones and computing.
     
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    This will be worth much more in the future. I would have not sold it for this little amount of money.
     
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    The fact that they explicitly identify this one as "OS X" makes me wonder what other OSs they were working with.
     
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    They also considered basing it on Linux, which is what Android is built around.
     
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    The iPhone started with 2 births. One was the iPod team that began by building up the iPod-OS. The other was another group that was tearing down the Mac-OS.

    The OS X team ended up winning out.
     
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    Somebody got ripped off. Does this prototype even function?
     
  20. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    There's the problem of legal ownership.
     
  21. laxxe macrumors newbie

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    Windows font used

    Weird or funny? The font used on the back is Arial (not Helvetica) - which is from Microsoft Windows...
     
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    That software is more reliable than iOS 7 :D

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    Yeah. The person who has the phone and can prove so probably by bill of sale or what not is the legal owner. Nothing too complex about that. Just a phone.
     

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