In pictures: the $10,000+ first-generation iPad

Prototype A1219.

By Chris Jager on May 31, 2012
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How much would you pay for a slice of Apple history? A seller on eBay has just sold what he claims is a first-generation A1219 iPad prototype for over $10,000.
iPad first-generation prototype rear view. Note the lack of 'iPad' logo.
The iPad prototype was allegedly built sometime between late 2009 and early 2010.
Originally listed for a hefty $4,800, the device amassed 28 bids and sold yesterday for $10,200.00.

In Pictures: $10,000 first-generation iPad prototype

iPad first-generation prototype side view.

In Pictures: $10,000 first-generation iPad prototype

The prototype comes with two dock connectors and Apple's SwitchBoard software testing suite.

In Pictures: $10,000 first-generation iPad prototype

"This is one of a VERY small amount of Apple prototype devices and you rarely see these on ebay," the item description explains. "Be aware this is a one of a kind item... It comes with no warranty, and is intended as a cool collectors item or if you're interested in the hardware or software on it."

In Pictures: $10,000 first-generation iPad prototype

iPad first-generation prototype Apple logo.
The prototype also comes with a beta version of iOS 3.2 and Apple's software testing suite called SwitchBoard -- which has some very unusual apps and logos.
"Although it is taken apart in some pictures, it will arrive fully assembled," the seller has assured bidders.
iPad first-generation prototype Apple SwitchBoard software testing suite.

In Pictures: $10,000 first-generation iPad prototype

"This iPad has been refurbished to the best of my capability, since they are intentionally disabled by Apple to not work," explains the seller on eBay.

In Pictures: $10,000 first-generation iPad prototype

Unlike the finished iPad which hit stores in 2010, the alleged protoype comes with two dock connectors. "Apple prototyped these iPads to have this connector late in the process and at the last minute decided to remove them," explains the seller. "There are patent drawings and leaked casings that show the indents for both dock connector holes, but this unit has both dock connectors and both are full functional for charging this iPad and connecting it to your computer."
iPad first-generation prototype Apple SwitchBoard dock connector.
The prototype contains various identifying numbers which have been blurred by the seller. "Rest assured, once you purchase the device the numbers will be there in their full glory," promised the eBay seller.
First-generation iPad prototype with obscured identification info.
According to the seller, the iPad prototype is fully functional -- "apart from the touch screen, which may or may not be able to be fixed".

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