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Early Apple Prototype N90 iPhone Surfaces on eBay with Odd “Protologo” (Video)

by Todd Haselton | August 22, 2012August 22, 2012 7:30 am PDT

We don’t imagine Apple will allow this to stay on eBay very long, if it is indeed the real thing, but apparently an early version of the iPhone 4 recently surfaced on the online auction site. It’s dubbed the “N90” and has a crazy logo on the backside that reminds us of a pokeball from Pokemon. The phone’s back also says “Prototype: This device has not been authorized as required by the rules opf the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.”

The device looks right on a par with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S but, as 9to5Mac notes, it doesn’t have any screws on the bottom as those aforementioned devices do. In the video above, you’ll see that the N90 is running SwitchBoard and has a super basic user interface that was likely used for testing purposes only. We can also gather that this was “product version 4.0” and that it had just 247MB of memory available. It was also obviously a 32GB model.

The current bid on eBay is $4,500 and, at the time of publication, there were just over 4 days left in the auction. There has only been one bid.

N90 iPhone Prototype Gallery

[via 9to5mac, eBay]


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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