Earlier this week, a nondescript iPhone 6 mysteriously appeared on eBay, and not long after, bids exceeded $50,000 before the listing was pulled. What gives?
Turns out, it was a prototype running SwitchBoard. So why is something like this so coveted among Apple fans? Well, for one, these prototypes aren’t supposed to be available to the public, making it a rare item for collectors.
As you can see in the pictures, the device doesn’t look all that different from a typical iPhone 6 though it does lack an FCC logo, serial number, and IMEI number, which can be found plastered on the back of iOS devices. Meanwhile, the Lightning port is red, which appears to be another way for Apple to easily tell that it’s for internal testing only.
We’ve seen prototype iOS devices attract insanely high bids in the past, so this isn’t all that unusual. What is unusual is how frequently these prototype devices seem to pop up. According to the seller, the “vintage” handset was bought off a friend.