Prototype MacBook Pro with built in 3G shows up on eBay

There are a number of Windows-based laptops that have an integrated 3G wireless card inside, giving them the ability to connect to the Internet from pretty much anywhere. More recently Samsung and others released the first Chromebooks, based on Google's Chrome OS. Those notebooks are dependent  on a 3G connection in order to work well. Apple has never released any of its MacBook notebook PCs with such features.   However, that doesn't mean Apple didn't work on such a product.

As first reported by MacRumors, a prototype MacBook Pro with a 3G card and antenna is now on sale at eBay. The prototype was supposedly made way back in 2007 when having a 3G connection for a notebook was more of a luxury. According to the eBay description, the current owner originally bought the MacBook Pro via Craigslist, but as more of a parts machine purchase. The examination of the parts showed off the 3G card and antenna. While the MacBook Pro has been restored to working order the eBay listing says the 3G data connection doesn't work.

This is definitely more of a curiosity than anything else, but it does show that at least at one time Apple tried to put in 3G connections in its MacBook Pros. Of course the current version of the iPhones and Apple's iPad have 3G connectivity. There's no word as to why Apple chose to abandon this project. The eBay auction still has about four days left with the current high bid, as of this writing, set at $4,550.

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It's at $30,100.99 right now. Wonder if someone is actually going to pay that much, I'd rather buy a car or put that money down on a house, collectors item or not.

So is Apple going to send in the cops to the winner and demand it back? I wouldn't trust an item sold on eBay from someone who bought it on Craigslist.

I don't get why people are saying wow $11k that's too much for a Mac/Laptop, of course it is if it was a STANDARD item. This isn't it is being bought as a collectors item not as a machine to be used (Or I very much doubt it will be used)

AbandonedTrolley said,
I don't get why people are saying wow $11k that's too much for a Mac/Laptop, of course it is if it was a STANDARD item. This isn't it is being bought as a collectors item not as a machine to be used (Or I very much doubt it will be used)
Indeed. What the hell...

Jose_49 said,
Well.. 11k for a laptop... Better having an alienware...

But that's not a unique collector's item, and thus completely unrelated to what's happening here.

So it's a working macbook prototype from 2007, but the 3G doesn't work. I hope whoever wins this item realises what an idiot they were to waste that much money.

Zeet said,
So it's a working macbook prototype from 2007, but the 3G doesn't work. I hope whoever wins this item realises what an idiot they were to waste that much money.
In their minds, money aren't "wasted" at all.

It's obviously not about the spec it's about owning something unique and rare, maybe people who like collecting computers?

Everyone is going to jump in here just because it's an Apple product but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, they can purchase whatever they want for an amount they think is worth it, and without feeling guilty about donating the money to charity in instead...

drazgoosh said,
73bids and at 11k. buy a brand new car why don't you?

If they can spend 11k for a rare item, I'm sure that that already crossed their minds.

ahhell said,
$11K for a 5 year old laptop? WTF would anyone buy that?

Because it's a one of a kind item? People collect old Macs, some collect prototypes too. These are incredibly rare items and usually only one will ever come up for purchase.

To me its a waste of money but I can understand why people would collect something like this.

what happen to a usb 3g dungle with a brandnew 2011 mbp if am correct... This is a stupid way to waste money. Why not donate to charity?

benzema said,
what happen to a usb 3g dungle with a brandnew 2011 mbp if am correct... This is a stupid way to waste money. Why not donate to charity?

It says right in the article that the 3G connection doesn't work. People aren't bidding on it to get a laptop with a 3G connection, they're bidding because it's a rare item.

Renato456 said,
Now already on $11.211
If I were spending $11211 on a computer I would not be wasting it on something with a Core 2 Duo, let alone a MacBook, I'd be going out and buying something very, very, very nice.

Douglas_C said,
If I were spending $11211 on a computer I would not be wasting it on something with a Core 2 Duo, let alone a MacBook, I'd be going out and buying something very, very, very nice.

These people aren't buying a computer, they're buying a "collectors" item.

virtorio said,

These people aren't buying a computer, they're buying a "collectors" item.
Exactly... The 3G doesn't even work in shipping condition. It's detected by the OS, but apparently not functional. But, then again, that is besides the point.