Remember the iPhone 4 – Gizmodo episode, that eventually led to the arrests of one of the editors of Gizmodo. Well, all that is history now. A fully functional initial prototype of the Apple iPhone 4 went up for sale (via bidding) on eBay yesterday. The bid listing generated so much hype that now the prototype listing has been pulled down from eBay.
The Bid went up as high as $100,000 but all that was phony and the lest legitimate bid for the device is claimed to be $2000. However, the item has now been removed from eBay. We were initially skeptical if the prototype in question here is an Apple original but all that was later confirmed by an iPhone Developer team member via a tweet. Also, here are a couple of things which prove that it might be an original prototype.
The prototype has a code “DF1692” etched on the lower right of the front. This code helps Apple to keep a track of which prototype unit belongs to which employee.
There is a also a special XXXX code on the back of the Apple iPhone 4 prototype which is different from the codes on the regular iPhone 4 units meant for sale.
Also, the volume buttons on the right do not have the “+” and the “-” marks.
The seller of this item on eBay says he is a mobile repair guy and got this device when someone came up to him at his shop and wanted to sell off the iPhone 4 as it was not getting activated via iTunes. Less did this man know was he could have made some quick buck by selling it on eBay!