You guys think this is a real PB prototype?

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atari1356

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Looks real enough...

Apple might have been using the black plastic temporarily until they had the material that was actually used finalized.

Or... it might just be someone goofing off with black paint and trying to scam people. :D
 

hadleydb

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I once bought a blue dalmation iMac off of ebay, and it had a sticker that said do not sell this prototype. It may not be FCC compliant or something. I don't know if that helps, but I've bought a prototype before.
 

applefan1997

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Might I remind everyone of this? Many people were convinced it was not a prototype, and that the ones with black plastics are the real deal, but there can be two prptotypes, cant there?

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=219408&highlight=prototype+g4

I suppose it was more prototype because:
a. screen badge like pismo
b. test batteries
c. pismo-type apple logo, not right side up, etc....
I bid on it but didnt get it.
 

Mammoth

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If that is a real prototype, all I can say is wow! :eek: That is quite a collectors item and I'd love to have it.
 

dmw007

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Mammoth said:
If that is a real prototype, all I can say is wow! :eek: That is quite a collectors item and I'd love to have it.

Same thought here- not sure if it is a prototype, but if it is, I would love to have it. :)
 

apfhex

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Aug 8, 2006
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It looks EXACTLY like a TiBook with part painted black. That's not to say it's not a prototype—just that I don't think it's really possible to tell from looking at it (but it does look like it's been beaten up like other prototype electronics I've seen pictures of).
 

wwooden

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Jul 26, 2004
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I don't see any difference between this and a TiBook with black painted around the frame. I really don't think this is a prototype.

Maybe I am wrong, but I have never seen a 14" widescreen display.

I have to agree with the person above me, the inside sticker looks like it was applied over another and the edges are peeled back a bit.

I think this is totally fake. But that is just my opinion.
 

Mr. Mister

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Feb 15, 2006
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If it's legit, he's probably hiding some kind of serial number Apple uses for internal prototypes.
 

Warbrain

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I think it's just a fancy TiBook with a black-painted casing. So no, I don't think it's a prototype.

Definitely looks like that Dev sticker has been pulled up and placed oddly.
 

Cross

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Hard to call either way... either an elaborate hoax or real prototype.... I like it but not enough to pay that much. Maybe if it had the 667 Board in it. maybe
 

Cross

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I would buy a G5 Prototype over a MacBook any day.... never going to happen since I doubt they ever made it happen themselves but I still would like to buy one. :D
 

mkrishnan

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They seem to show up every once in a while. As an ex-engineer it's funny to think about people hawking prototypes years later just because... they're usually such "just barely get the job done" POS's.... :D