iPad prototype with dual dock connectors surfaces on eBay

iPad prototype with dual dock connectors surfaces on eBay
Once upon a time there was a rumor that Apple was planning on releasing the iPad with dual dock connectors. Back in 2010, we even posted a photo of a casing that was purported to be for the dual dock edition of the iPad. It looks like there was some truth to that rumor after all. Apparently Apple did make a prototype of this idea but it was scraped after opting to go with the simplicity of a single dock connector. Now, one of those prototypes has made its way to eBay.

The auction, which ends in a few minutes, started at $4,800 and is now currently selling for $10,000. The seller says that Apple disabled the device, but he was able to restore many of the features. Other than the two functioning dock connectors, this is a 16GB original iPad that is running Apple’s testing software, SwitchBoard.

While it is definitely an interesting piece, we could probably think of a few better ways to burn through 10 grand. We’re only a few minutes away from someone getting a very expensive collectors item. It will be interesting to see how high the bidding goes.



source: eBay

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19 Comments

1. The.Average.Fanboy

Posts: 12; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

I wonder which brilliant Apple employee left it at the bar...

11. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Looks broken.... why would anyone buy this chit....

2. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i bet it's been removed or sold by now. xD

3. gp284

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

It just got sold for 10,200 USD

5. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

when someone has that kind of disposable income that's when you should really ask why they're buying an iPad for $10,000 instead of feeding the hungry or giving back to their community. if i had that kind of money i wouldn't use half of it for myself.

6. Birds

Posts: 1172; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

People like you.....ugh...so sexy...

9. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

@Birds You made me laugh dude. :p @KingKurogiii If I had 10 grand first thing I'll buy would be an SGS3, then a 40+ inch full HD LED TV, nike rubber shoes (my current rubber shoes recently retired, sole was holed all over), take my fiance on a fancy date, then eat at burger king. But if I have millions/billions I'll buy a controlling amount of stocks from Microsoft, Apple, Exxon, and every multi-billion dollar company. I'd use my income to create factories to create jobs for the lesser educated masses, I'd fund schools for free education, fund research and development for deadly diseases, give fund to animal welfare. And give some more funding to other great ideas from people who want to make a difference but doesn't have the means to start it, or the connections needed.

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

ohhh yeah, i could definitely spend 10k if it was given to me but if i was just rollin' in so much dough that i could just spend 10k on an iPad so easily that's when i'd stop to think about what i was really doing with my fortune. oh and really the only major purchases i can think of to use my 10k on from the top of my head is some Beats Mixr Headphones and a Car . xD oh and congratulations on getting married! (:

14. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Hey thanks man! We're set to tie the knot this December. She gave me a spalding basketball as a gift, and I got us two old PSPs to wake the gamer in her. She was against a PS3 but was OK with PSPs so that's why. Now she just finished God of War: Ghost of Sparta, and is now addicted to Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. I'm helping her out on some quests and it's so much fun to have someone like her, man I tell you, perfect girl. :p I hope you find one for yourself someday. :) *by the way, she makes me meals in between games :p yesterday we had bacon and eggs unlimited yummy. :p

16. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

awww mannn! i need one of those! where'd you buy her? xD

15. SleepingOz unregistered

Thought you'd buy tons of Nutella.. lol

17. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

@KingKurogiii Got her since highschool. :p She used to be against my gaming but when I introduced her to the Xbox and PS2 she understood a little bit. From there it was a roller coaster. She plays MMORPG with me, we did Ragnarok, Warcraft etc. And now she knows how to unbrick soft-bricked droids. Man she will hold her ground against people like us who are addicted to mobile phone news. She's really one of a kind. (awww shucks). And to top that, she's an awesome chef. And very athletic too! I wrestle her at home and sometimes she manages to pin my arm even when I'm serious. And you guys should see this girl. She's so pretty every other girl in a room with her will pale in comparison. I'll show you pics sometime. :p @SleepingOz Nutella is always part of our grocery lists haha. Both of us love it on pancakes. But you know what? I'm thinking of changing my pic. You know Crumpy? It tastes so good too! I want it on my list as well. :p

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

why that's only the tip of the iceberg baby! ;)

7. gp284

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

especially since the fact that it doesn't even work as well as the new iPad, and yet it actually got sold for a little more than 10x the amount of the newest 64 gig iPad that works perfectly. Its kind of sad. I really hope (no offence if you aren't from the USA) that whoever bought it wasn't an American, because then it just adds to the stereotype that we are all just fat, rich, and greedy in the USA.

4. thelegend6657 unregistered

switchboard isnt iOS ?

8. Lucas777

Posts: 2137; Member since: Jan 06, 2011

ios is springboard..

12. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I feel sorry for the guy who dropped 10k on it, I can see the headlines a week from now when the Apple Nazi's bust down the guys door and rape his house looking for it.

18. Beholder88

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Looks like the screen is separating from the chassis... $10K really, I agree there would be much better things to spend that money on.

19. animeware

Posts: 32; Member since: May 14, 2012

What a waste of money If I had 10 Grand I would put it in my saving account and keep it for a backup. Pay off some Bills and pay off my 2 year plan for my phone service.

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