Purported Original iPhone Prototype Sells on eBay for $1499

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.

I am selling a very rare original iPhone engineering prototype. These were used to test the iPhone's various features. To do so, a special test software was installed, which is still running on the device perfectly.

This is device is especially rare, as it shows the initial iOS version installed and the signal strength values etched on the back. This was done by Apple internally and is guaranteed genuine.

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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.

Top Rated Comments

apple_iBoy Avatar
111 months ago
Oddly enough, today's iOS 7 seems to take styling cues from that demo software.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jonnysods Avatar
111 months ago
So amazing to see how something like this has changed phones and computing.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ironsienna Avatar
111 months ago
in space grey too!! cool!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wiesenlooser Avatar
111 months ago
Maybe the guy should have painted it red.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MartinAppleGuy Avatar
111 months ago
Yey; running OSX!
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mdelvecchio Avatar
111 months ago
They also considered basing it on Linux, which is what Android is built around.
i think it was in the Steve Jobs book he cites they were trying w/ the iPod OS and OS X but that OS X won out. i couldn't find anything cited about Linux, but John Gruber has a source who seems to back that up:

http://daringfireball.net/2008/11/executive_scuttlebutt

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Somebody got ripped off. Does this prototype even function?
you miss the point of a collector item. hint: it isn't to make phone calls.

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Because, you know, Darwin is not based on Linux or anything like that :roll eyes:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_(operating_system) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darwin_(operating_system))
Darwin is in no way based on Linux. Linux and Darwin are each POSIX-compliant operating systems based on two different kernels.

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It's not. It's based ultimately on UNIX. Linux is based on UNIX, but that does not mean that iOS is based on Linux.
this. i dont understand how enthusiasts on an uber-geek website like MR would not understand this concept.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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