Back in 2007, Apple unveiled a product that transformed the global smartphone market. It was the first iPhone, announced by the late Steve Jobs himself, which went on to perform marvellously in the global market. Subsequent iPhones built on the success of the first-generation smartphone. That device was iconic, to say that least. Recently a purported pre-production prototype of the first generation iPhone was listed on eBay by a seller based in Australia. The unit ended up being sold for $1,500.


The seller doesn’t mention how this pre-production model was obtained but says that its being sold to reduce his collection. Its described in the listing as a “very rare original iPhone engineering prototype.” Accompanying pictures show a non-standard version of iOS installed on the device, one that has previously been seen on similar pre-production units that surfaced in the past. Through the software a user is able to test the various hardware features of the iPhone. On the rear housing all GSM bands that this iPhone supported are etched, as well as signal strength values of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios found within in the device itself. From the looks of it, the pre-production models seems to be in a good condition. Its $1,500 for a piece of history, some might think the price is justified. Do you?

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