The original Apple iPhone was revealed in 2007 by then-CEO of Apple Steve Jobs, and changed the mobile phone landscape in a huge way. It set the path for how subsequent phones would be, and gave rise to the modern idea of the ‘smartphone’; it’s now a device that does far more than just let you place calls and send SMSes. Naturally, the first Apple iPhone is considered an icon of the modern age as a result.
The device we’re talking about today isn’t just any ordinary Apple iPhone; it’s an Apple iPhone prototype that was made for testing the phone’s hardware functions, and runs an early version of iOS, according to the seller. It was first spotted by AppleInsider. This adds to the rarity value of the device, considering that this device is from a time before the actual launch of the phone, and is being viewed as a collector’s item. The phone has been listed on eBay, and has a peak bid of $32,100 (approximately Rs 22,70,000) at the time of writing.
Such a device would naturally appeal to collectors, who would be willing to pay a significant premium for it. Unlike most smartphones that depreciate and lose a chunk of value the second you open the packaging, this particular Apple iPhone has appreciated in value significantly. This particular device is a first-generation 2G variant, and is still functional.
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It also has ‘Ver. 1.1.1’ etched onto the back, indicating that it’s an engineering prototype rather than the mass-produced sale version. The original Apple iPhone was launched in 2007 priced from $499. Adjusted for inflation, that’s about $600 today (approximately Rs 42,500). Interestingly, there’s still about a week left on the listing, which means that the bid value could go a lot higher for this rare version of the Apple iPhone.