Prototype iPad with two dock connectors listed on Ebay

Apple is by far one of the most thorough companies when it comes to trying out new products and innovating. Throughout the testing process the company spends hoards of money on producing working prototypes of devices that we rarely even hear of, let alone see in the flesh.

During the early testing of the iPad, a prototype was designed (pretty late on) which had two dock connectors. One would be used in portrait, the other in landscape. I can understand the theory, but, I’m equally glad it never saw the light of day (at least in an officially released sense). Over on Ebay, one seller has in his possession one of these prototypes. Currently going for almost $5k, with 11 hours remaining, the tablet has an unusual design and is running a testing software. Part of the listing reads:

“iPad First Generation Prototype/Tester unit. This is one of a VERY small amount of Apple prototype devices and you rarely see these on ebay. This iPad has 16GBs of capacity, and is incredibly unique. For starters, It has 2 dock connectors. Apple prototyped these iPads to have this connector late in the process and at the last minute decided to remove them. 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.”

I don’t have that kind of money to burn, but if I did, I’m still not sure I’d pony up and thrown it at a device that doesn’t even work. Would you?

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  • flargy

    “Apple is by far one of the most thorough companies when it comes to trying out new products and innovating.” sorry, but Apple is less of an innovator in any sense of the word. They take ideas and throw them all together into one product. Then, they just kinda improve the same device over and over and over and over and over again. Everything looks the same. iPhones are the same as they were in 2006 except now it’s just faster and with Siri. iPads are the same…except faster. I love my MacBook Pro, but as far as handheld devices are concerned, Apple refuses to break out of its shell enough to make a big change. That’s gonna be the downfall.

  • TheWorkz513

    What are you talking about? If the product is selling like hotcakes, you keep selling it, until, people begin to lose interest. That’s when you sell remaining inventory and introduce to the world the next product. Within the last 10 years we have had, Ipod-ipod touch/iphone, apple tv, iMac, Mac mini, macbook(pro), macbook(pro) unibody, iPad (sorry if I missed a few). They know what they are doing. It’s your incompetence to not see that strategy. It’s all about supply and demand. You know that 100 billion dollar reserve money they have? You know why they have those reserves? It’s for new market strategy and product development. Trust me, I have a BBA in Management, they will have another huge new product coming out here soon.

  • Prozac69

    @TheWorkz513 – “I have a BBA in Management”. Relevant?…….not really!!

  • TheWorkz513

     @Prozac69  @TheWorkz513 A bachelors degree in Business Administration majoring in Management isn’t relevant to business? Wow, you need to go school…idiot.
     

  • Prozac69

    @TheWorkz513 – relevant to a story about an iPad being sold on ebay? Still a negatory ghostrider!
    p.s. twat!

  • TheWorkz513

     @Prozac69  @TheWorkz513 Take a closer look at who I replied to…I don’t need to state the obvious about your mental capacities, again, do I?

  • Prozac69

    @TheWorkz513 – No, not really as you’re beginning to bore me already!

  • boundtobeafraid

    @TheWorkz513 Forgot about the Mac air :)

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