iPad prototype with two dock ports sold on eBay

Apple apparently let one of the prototypes for the first iPad get away from them. Earlier this morning, this prototype sold on eBay for $10,200. This 16 GB device has a couple of things that make it very different than the final production model of the iPad tablet.

The most obvious one is that this prototype has two docking ports; one on the bottom like the regular version and the other placed on one of the two sides of the iPad. According to the eBay seller, "aaps69", this second dock port is fully functional and can be used to charge this iPad prototype as well as connecting the device to a PC.

The other difference is that this version is also running an older beta version of iOS 3.2 as well as "Switchboard", which is Apple's internal software testing suite. Unfortunately, this prototype model doesn't have a fully functional touch screen.

So whomever purchased this early model of the iPad will likely have some issues running it as a tablet, due to the faulty touch screen and the older software. Still, it can certainly serve as a great ice breaker for any party or date.

Source: eBay | Image via aaps69

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It will only increase if there is a demand for an increase. At this point it is worth $0.00. Just because someone paid that much money is not an investment, it's a risk. ( as an investment).
the ipad hasn't changed the world. So from my standpoint, it's an expensive collectible but certainly not an investment.

Wow, not only will Paypal lock accounts related to this, Apple sue over this, but the police will be involved. Someone just sold a device that Apple own. They sold stolen goods.

Apple will sue as they do for every prototype that escapes their claws, even an old hardware, as technically it is stolen.

confirmation that crapple fans have more money than sense. i expect apple will be asking e-bay for 30% commision now.
GS:pc

silky said,
confirmation that crapple fans have more money than sense. i expect apple will be asking e-bay for 30% commision now.
GS:pc

Not wanting to steal your Raging Fandroid thunder, but there is a possibility that this was picked up by a prototype collector. This may be sold to some museum in the future at even higher price.

sanke1 said,

Not wanting to steal your Raging Fandroid thunder, but there is a possibility that this was picked up by a prototype collector. This may be sold to some museum in the future at even higher price.

Although I agree with you I really can't see the point in spending ANY ammount of money even CLOSE to that on some broken prototype device. Ever. It's stupid!

Auzeras said,

Although I agree with you I really can't see the point in spending ANY ammount of money even CLOSE to that on some broken prototype device. Ever. It's stupid!

All hobbies are stupid if you don't have an interest in the same thing.

This thing will only increase in value. If it isn't a collectible, it's an investment.

silky said,
confirmation that crapple fans have more money than sense. i expect apple will be asking e-bay for 30% commision now.
GS:pc

So the guy who spent $120 million to buy the last copy of "The Scream" painted by Edvard Munch that was still in the hand of a private owner is stupid?
Even if I had the money I would never bought it, I prefer Rothko btw, but I understand the driving force......
Collectors, no matters what they are collecting, are collectors.....................

silky said,
confirmation that crapple fans have more money than sense. i expect apple will be asking e-bay for 30% commision now.
GS:pc

dupe?

Fritzly said,

So the guy who spent $120 million to buy the last copy of "The Scream" painted by Edvard Munch that was still in the hand of a private owner is stupid?
Even if I had the money I would never bought it, I prefer Rothko btw, but I understand the driving force......
Collectors, no matters what they are collecting, are collectors.....................

silky said,
how on earth can you compare a fondleslabd to a piece of art.
crapple art, Ive heard it all now...duh

I do not; the point is if you are a collector you act in a peculiar way regardless what you collect...... do you have any idea how many stolen artifacts are hidden in secret vaults where the buyer spend time alone watching what he, illegally, bought?
Would you spend thousands of $, regardless of how much money you have, to buy a shirt that belonged to Joe Di Maggio or a pair of glasses that belonged to Elvis Presley? I would not but people do all the time.......
For example check this site:
http://www.sicksack.com/

Lachlan said,
Its really to bad they did not make the ipad with 2 ports.. It would of been great.

Why? It looks kinda ugly to me. Also, Apple is known about the 'less is more' principle, and this would not fit in their philosophy. The feature can be handy (horizontal docks for example), but in most cases it's just useless and is something that makes the iPad more ugly. Steve Jobs never liked holes

Dannydeman said,

Why? It looks kinda ugly to me. Also, Apple is known about the 'less is more' principle, and this would not fit in their philosophy. The feature can be handy (horizontal docks for example), but in most cases it's just useless and is something that makes the iPad more ugly. Steve Jobs never liked holes

Ever seen a certain Windows 8 tablet that was charging an iPad?