1993 Apple WALT protoype hits eBay

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


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9 Comments

1. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 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.

2. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

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

3. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

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

4. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

5. deago78

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I see what you did there

7. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Agree

6. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 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!

8. cellgeek82

Posts: 518; Member since: Dec 20, 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.

9. duude

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

im RICH:D but not stupid-.-

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