An alleged prototype of one of Apple’s first iPad mini 2 models has hit eBay. The device, listed by an owner who apparently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, reportedly lacks any FCC, model and serial number markings on the rear panel. Oddly, however, the owner doesn’t provide any pictures of the back and instead only published photos of the front, showing what is allegedly iOS 7 SwitchBoard software in developer mode. We can’t verify the claims as to whether or not this is the real deal, but the owner certainly wants buyers to believe that’s the case.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to take part of, this is a very first iPad mini 2 prototype, this is the very first SwitchBoard device that has a 64-bit A7/M7 chip/processor,” the listing says, noting that it should be a considered a collector’s item and an “antique.” Obviously, given that the iPad mini 2, otherwise known as the iPad mini with Retina display, is only a year old, it’s not quite an antique. The owner also says the “Lightning cable isn’t normal,” but doesn’t expand on that odd detail of the listing.
If you’re at all interested, you should be prepared to pay at least $4,999.00, the current asking price. Given the lack of detail in the post, however, and considering that Apple typically frowns on this type of product being sold, you should certainly proceed with caution.