MacBook prototype with 3G connection pulled from eBay

If you thought that you had a chance to get your hands on a great piece of Macintosh history, well you are officially out of luck. A few days ago someone put up images and info about an old 2007 prototype for a MacBook Pro that included an internal 3G wireless card with an extended antenna. The prototype was put on sale on the eBay auction web site. However, as MacRumors reports, that prototype has now been removed from its eBay listing after eBay received a "request" to do so by Apple.

The person who currently possesses the prototype MacBook -- who said he first got hold of it via a Craigslist seller -- says in a post on MacRumors' message board that he has not heard anything else from Apple and doesn't know how to proceed. Before the eBay auction was pulled the MacBook prototype has a high bid of about $70,000. In the meantime the seller has posted up some additional photos of the MacBook 3G prototype that better show off the external antenna. The antenna only comes out about 2 inches from the MacBook when fully extended and is attached to the MacBook via magnets. That kind of design would suggest that Apple was concerned that the antenna might be knocked around when extended and having magnets holding the antenna keeps both the antenna and the MacBook itself from being heavily damaged if it was brushed by a passerby.

As we have mentioned before, Apple has never publicly released any of its MacBook notebooks with an internal 3G connection, unlike a number of Windows-based PC makers who have offered up a number of notebooks with such a feature.

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AFineFrenzy said,
Neowin: Where unprofessional journalism is two days later than everywhere else

I was thinking the same thing - It was pulled just after the original article went up here

Open Minded said,
I could understand Apple forcing eBay to pull the listing if this was an unreleased product, but a product from 2007?

Yeah, seems rather odd to me as well. And knowing Apple the seller probably got a knock on his door too...

Open Minded said,
I could understand Apple forcing eBay to pull the listing if this was an unreleased product, but a product from 2007?
There could be a question as to the legal ownership. I doubt Apple ever gives away their prototypes, which means who ever owned this either stole it, or is in breach of contract..

Not saying it isn't an over-reaction, but that would be my bet as to while Apple had it pulled.