A 'hand-made in Cupertino' OG iPhone prototype is up on eBay, and it works!

A 'hand-made in Cupertino' OG iPhone prototype is up on eBay, and it works!
Apple was rumored to have several prototypes of the original iPhone in the works, including ones with different designs and features than what ultimately became the first AT&T-subsidized phone with the fruit logo on its back.

The owner of one of these alleged prototypes decided that now is the time to build another garage next to the house, and put what amounts to an engineering sample of the OG iPhone up for sale with everyone's favorite online auctioneer. Yes, a piece of Apple (and smartphones) history is up for bidding on eBay and has 8 days to go to its lucky next owner. 

So far, the phone has amassed a $12,300 bid, and not even the reserve price has been met, so who knows how much will the owner ultimately fetch for it. There are plenty of folks with means that would love to own the piece of electronics that started it all, so we'll keep an eye on where the price ends up in a week or so. 

Here's the mouth-watering description of this fine eBay specimen:

source: eBay

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  • Display 3.5" 320 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 1400 mAh(8.00h talk time)



1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

"Excellent investment" it seems.

2. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

It's neat from a nerd perspective, but it would be better off in a museum

3. LiveFaith

Posts: 493; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

I'd get it, but it probably bends. :-D

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1346; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I recently dropped off 4 of the first iPhone looking iPods and several other iPods at a recycling center. Maybe I should have tried selling them for $1000 each.

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