What is the rarest iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by braddick, May 21, 2013.

  1. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    I'm thinking the original iPhone (4GB) with the original firmware, but perhaps there is another model that is even scarcer.

    Are there firmware introductions that didn't last very long? If so, finding an iPhone with that particular firmware would be difficult.

    In your opinion, of all the different styles and configurations, which is the rarest iPhone?
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Excluding non-production models and one-off unique devices, the iPhone 2G 4GB would be the rarest. The rarest firmware would be the iPod Touch's iOS 1.1.0. That firmware only came on factory units and it was never available for download from Apple's servers.
  3. pod5g macrumors regular

    May 15, 2013
    The 4 GB version of the original iPhone. It was only sold for a few months and hell, who would want only 4 GB?
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
  5. LaynieGorilla macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2011
  6. braddick thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    Good info.
    As scarce as the iPhone 2G in the 4GB model is, I thought the 16GB is a tad rarer as Apple quickly offered the 3G afterward.


    I did a little digging around, and I was wrong!
    As stated above, the 4GB is the rarer model.
  7. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012

    Now you are ready for Jeopardy!
  8. akdj macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    I'm with ya...BUT, @ the time, there was no App Store, no HD Video...and 4GB could easily hold 750 songs with a bit o' room to spare. @ the time...it wasn't such a 'bad' deal! (That said, my wife and I bought the 8GB models;))

  9. itjw macrumors 65816

    Dec 20, 2011
    The 2G has become fully hackable without Apple signing the firmware for restore, so firmware is irrelevant for rarity unless you were somehow able to verify firmware of a sealed product.

    I agree that in terms of iOS devices it's the 1.1 iPod Touch.

    None are really "rare" though as they were all produced by the truckload (even the 4GB). The 4GB is an oddity at least.

    The 16GB was what a lot of people wanted, and the 8GB sold well enough at the time where many people profitied by switching (so the 16GB sold briskly, compared to the 4GB, which got clobbered at launch).

  10. Internaut macrumors 6502a

    Absolutely - rare as rocking horse ----.
  11. itsmemuffins macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
    Arrr. She's a rare beast indeed.
  12. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    I doubt the 4GB Original iPhone is that rare, or I am severely abusing a "collectible" by storing it in a random misc box in my attic.
  13. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    The question was which phone is the rarest. By definition, that would simply mean, the fewest number produced. Makes sense that the 4GB would fit the bill...

    If your phone is in a sealed box, it's probably worth something. Opened? Barely more than the materials used to make it.
  14. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    Opened, used, and beat to hell.

    I hung onto it so I can show my kids someday and sound like an old fogey with my "When I was your age, look how huge and bulky phones were...we didn't have them embedded in our wrists/glasses". :D
  15. johndallas999 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 9, 2008
    IMO the rarest would be the prototypes. You did say rarest.
  16. Rocko1 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2011
    A 5 that is pristine out of the box with no wifi issues and snappy safari.
  17. adam044 macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2012
    The one that has not been made yet
  18. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

    aPple nErd

    Feb 12, 2012
    Jailbreaks/IOS Hacks
    iphone 4 verizon 16 or 32gb with ios 5 shsh blobs! i have been looking for one for months!
  19. codyst macrumors regular


    Nov 18, 2008
    Austin, TX
  20. annaharris macrumors member

    Aug 21, 2012
    San Francisco
    I will say iPhone 3GS 16GB. It's a rarest iPhone according to me...
  21. moonman239 macrumors 68000

    Mar 27, 2009
    I think it might be wrong to judge rarity based on how long Apple sold it. Who knows? Maybe the iPhone 1 4GB model is not in fact the rarest model.
  22. aliensporebomb macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN, USA, Urth

    The rarest iPhone is the iPhone 17 200 terabyte model with retina-eye interface, 25 ghz 16-core processor with IOS X integrated software.
  23. Salvarth, Nov 1, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2013

    Salvarth macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2013

    Sorry for the late reply, but I did not want to open another post for this. Plus I wanted to supply additional information on the rarest iPhones ever made. Here goes...

    To answer your questions, I think that the European version of the iPhone 2g 4GB is the rarest iPhone to date. I came to this conclusion because of the following facts:

    - I have read about these iPhones a bit, and looking at their serial numbers most of them were made in week 42 or 43 which is between October 14th - 27th

    - the iPhone 2g 4GB was originally discontinued on September 5th and the remaining iPhone 2g 4GB's were only sold "while supplies last"(1)

    - this meaning that apple deliberately made some iPhone 2g 4GB versions exclusively for the United Kingdom, Germany, and perhaps more EU countries (though I am only aware of these two countries)

    -These versions were made nearly 2 MONTHS after Apple discontinued the iPhone 2g 4GB.

    - Of all the posts I have read (these were either Chinese or bad English) People have only "found" this kind of iPhone or bought it from a friend or eBay.

    -These iPhones have a different back and different MPN (model part number). The UK version is MB340B and the German version is MB342D, I have not read about any other European versions. The standard US MPN is MA501LL/A

    -If you take a look at the picture I have attached you will see that the back cover is unlike any other iPhone 2g 4GB. The 4GB engraving is engraved under "iPhone" then comes the "designed by Apple in California Assembled in China" underneath that the serial number and imei number and under that the logo's "CE", "0682", "!" And a garbage can. These logo's will not be found on any of the US iPhone 2g 4GB's. as to why these logo's will not be found on US models, it is because most of these logo's refer to European regulations.
    These logo's have been explained in the second source mentioned at the bottom of this post and it will only take a couple of minutes to skim through this article and it is worth knowing if you live in the EU (or US and you want to gain some knowledge about EU regulations).(2)

    I hope I made it clear what the rarest iPhone is. If you do not agree or want further information, do not hesitate to ask me. However, I do not know where these iPhones were sold/given/found. If anyone has any information on that, then that would be a great help as well.



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  24. AFDoc macrumors 68030

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    I have the rarest iPhone, the apple on the back was actually produced upside down. I'll sell it to you for $150k.

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