While all the thoughts and desires of those aspiring to the flagship Apple device, there are renegades who are more interested in ancient samples of “Apple” of the instrument. These users may be interested in a rare engineering sample of the old model iPad, billed on eBay. The device, designated as a “Prototype Apple iPad 1st Generation 16GB”, belongs to the person under the name Theappleguru. The item description it says that it is a rare engineering sample of the first generation iPad.
The exposed sample with a storage capacity of 16 GB is almost no different from the production version of the original Apple tablet – the same metal body, 9.7-inch display with Full HD resolution, a Home button under the screen. But the differences still exist. According to the author of the lot, the Cupertino-based company normally does not allow prototypes to leave the walls of their laboratories, so the buyer has a unique chance to get one of the early models of the original device.
IOS/iPhone OS on the device is not installed. The device works under the control of the test AT the SwitchBoard. With it, Apple are testing electronic circuits, display and wireless interfaces of the device.
Of course no one can guarantee that the tablet will be able to work: open websites, launch applications, especially as a full OS it does not. At the time of writing the post the price of the lot was $5000.