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1993 Apple WALT protoype hits eBay

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1993 Apple WALT protoype hits eBay
Back in 1993, 14 years before the Apple iPhone changed the cellular world, the Cupertino based firm had introduced WALT at MacWorld Boston. WALT was an acronym for Wizzy Active Lifestyle Telephone and was a feature-rich (for the times) add-on for the traditional landline phone. WALT had a touchscreen that used a stylus and had a modified System 6 with Hypercard GUI to run such features as faxing, banking, a contacts list, customized ringtones and a message pad that used handwriting recognition.

While the product was never released, it did make it far along the process to have an instructions manual printed up. On the eBay listing, it was noted that the device had SCSI and VGA output inside. The unit on eBay is not functional because of a loose connection that a buyer could fix. As you might imagine, the pricing for WALT requires more than the change in your couch. You can opt to pay the "Buy it now" price of $8,000 and bidders are asked to submit their best offers. While WALT surely has some historical significance, 8 grand can buy you quite a few 64GB Apple iPhone 4S units.

source: TheVerge via Electronista

WALT was a add-on device for the traditional landline phone
WALT was a add-on device for the traditional landline phone

WALT was a add-on device for the traditional landline phone


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posted on 10 Mar 2012, 13:49 6

1. skymitch89 (Posts: 1056; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


For $8000 I could do a lot of things. For instance; I could fix the transmission in my van, have the engine/head rebuilt on my car, and move into a nicer place than I currently am in.

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 14:08 8

2. Mandroid (Posts: 209; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


But but but it wouldn't be aaaaapple! You won't have an aaaaaapple logo on your van or car!

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 14:12 7

3. Chronos (Posts: 257; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


I would rather spend all that money on more recent technology that I would actually use.

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 14:39 11

4. PAPINYC (Posts: 2273; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Anyone who pays $8000 for a large caller I.D. box is an Absolute iDiot.

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 17:28 1

5. deago78 (Posts: 157; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


I see what you did there

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 22:23

7. bvalde09 (Posts: 172; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Agree

posted on 10 Mar 2012, 17:29

6. mercorp (Posts: 968; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


if you buy this prototype,and keep it,surely the value will uncrease over the years and you will sell it at a profit!

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 13:53

8. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)


Then another war breaks out, the economy craps, then you're left with a $8,000 paper weight.

Use the $8k and buy gold! ...or a bunker supplied with beans and bullets...either way.

posted on 11 Mar 2012, 16:08

9. duude (Posts: 3; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


im RICH:D but not stupid-.-

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