Alleged First-Gen iPhone Prototype Hits eBay Auction

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Who doesn’t want to be a part of the Apple history? A history that got started with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in a run down basement. And then went on to become seemingly larger than life , “Apple Inc.” If you also want to embrace a piece of this history – then this might interest you.

Apple prototype is going up for an eBay auction! We keep hearing a lot about Apple prototype auctions, so what is so special about this one?  But we don’t often get to see iPhone prototypes. And this auction entails a prototype first-generation iPhone – that has already hit the $10,000 mark.

Apple’s first generation iPhone was introduced in the United States on June 29, 2007. It featured quad-band GSM cellular connectivity with GPRS and EDGE support for data transfer.

The seller of this prototype iPhone is a small account based out of Portland, Oregon. Although, the seller does’t make the origin of this device clear, but various markings and the operating system matching the other prototype first-generation iPhone units clearly justifies the claim.

Furthermore, the details claim that the prototype was hand made in Cupertino, Calif., in 2006, runs OS X which is why it weighs somewhere around 144.5 grams – much more than the norm of 135 grams.

The seller claims that this prototype is “the rarest of them all” owing to these differences between this prototype iPhone and a normal first-generation iPhone:

  • Rare Apple engineer sticker which says Ver 1.1.1
  • Running multiple testing software, including OS X and Earthbound (not the normal OS 1)
  • Used by Apple for testing to make the original iPhone
  • Circa 2006.  Before the original iPhone release date (mid 2007)
  • Different weight. Much heavier at 144.5 grams (normal iPhone 2g is 135 gram)
  • No FCC etchings at the back
  • Bell icon for the mute button
  • Complete different internals, including different battery, different wi-fi etc
  • Excellent investment
  • Early prototype
  • Hand made in Cupertino, California. (not mass produced in China like normal iPhones)
  • Secretly code named Project Purple (at this stage of development, the “iPhone” name was unknown)
  • EXTREMLY RARE.  Only a few are known to exist
  • Highly sought after


Also Read: An Ultra Rare Apple-1 Computer Is Going Up For Auction


Prototypes unit are not something you can get anytime and everywhere. As the time goes by, they are becoming exceedingly rare which commands people’s attention immediately. As I write this, the prototype sits at US $12,100.00 with the reserve not met yet. 


Is It Just A Hoax?

Another iPhone prototype auction on eBay raises some serious red flags. This seller is based in Edinburgh and just like the aforementioned listing, he also claims his iPhone to be a prototype unit. However, unlike the Portland listing, this product lacks a telltale description. Instead, it has a sticker on it which disseminates information about the product. The mute switch also lacks the bell icon seen on past prototypes.


Edinburgh eBay Auction


Comparatively, this UK based auction seems a bit dubious, though details from the Portland listing are also questionable. For example, the UK unit lacks hardware-specific details like radio band etchings, known to be present on past prototypes. Also, both the auctions feature a few similar images, like this one below:





Edinburgh Auction


Apart from this, both auctions read, “This is a genuine item. Please be aware of the many fakes on eBay. Those just normal iPhones with Apple Skankware (testing software) dumped on them.

If you are a collector of everything Apple, then you can try your luck on eBay before someone else snatches the product up. That said, you have to be a bit wary of falling prey to any scam. Such auctions may turn out genuine or maybe they are another hoax to plunk your money.



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