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If you thought that an old Apple prototype would go for only a few Gs at most, you’d be mistaken. A rare 2002 iPod prototype has just hit eBay and the asking price has been listed at $99,995. Wow.
The device made it onto the auction site over the weekend and is listed as ‘Prototype Apple iPod Classic P95 DVT 1st Generation White with red board (5GB).’
The description reads:
“This is the iPod that really turned Apple around. Apple had started it’s upward ascent after releasing the iMac, iBook, and PowerBook’s, but the iPod is what changed everything. I have never seen another iPod prototype 1st gen like this before. Not only is it in fantastic shape, given it’s age and it being a prototype, but it has a red board inside. As you can see from the photos, the iPod still holds a charge and is fully functional. This is your change to own a piece of history, not just Apple history, but actual history.”
Printed directly onto the shell of the device in the pictures is DVT P95, which was the project’s code name. The board inside is also red, and dated 2002, which indicates it’s an early prototype. The iPod wasn’t released until 2003.
Just like the first devices, the iPod holds 5GB worth of songs, which is about 1,000 tracks. At the time of posting, 115 users are watching the auction. If you fancy owning that piece of Apple history, the eBay page can be found here.
So, would you drop $100k on an Apple prototype?