Here's your chance to own iPhone's 1st Generation Prototype
If you're an Apple fan and want to own a piece of Apple history, there's news for you. Yesterday, a functional first-generation iPhone prototype from around 2006 went on auction on eBay. At the time of writing, the device had already seen 123 bids, and the price currently stands at a whopping $32,100. With seven days to go, expect even higher bids. Here's a sneak peek.
The prototype on sale does seem authentic
It's worth noting that the seller of the device is a small account named "321dady", and is based out of Portland, Oregon. 321dady claims the device was "hand-built" in Cupertino in 2006. In case you have doubts about the authenticity of the device, 9to5Mac, having inspected minute details from the images, seems to be fairly certain that the prototype is indeed authentic.
Details about the prototype, as claimed by 321dady
Details etched on the back of the prototype reads 'Ver 1.1.1' and he claims that the prototype runs multiple testing softwares, including OS X and Eartbound. Having described the phone as "The Rarest of Them All", he claims that the phone has different internal components including a different battery from the final product. The prototype also has a bell icon for the mute button.
The phone had commanded $61,100 in 2015
Interestingly, 321dady also claims that he had originally listed the phone for sale back in 2015, but for some unknown reason, the sale didn't go through. That time, the phone had commanded a mind-blowing price of $61,100. However, considering that Apple has had several prototypes removed from eBay in the past, there's also a possibility that the tech giant might intervene.