Did Apple plan on launching a 3G Macbook Pro?

A Macbook Pro showed up on eBay this week, with the seller claiming it as a prototype for a 3G-capable MacBook Pro. The supposed pre-production prototype is a 2007 15-inch MacBook Pro, with an extendable antenna on the top right of the computer’s screen, as well as a SIM card slot under the memory cover. The circuit boards in the device are all also red, instead of Apple’s traditional blue.

The computer was reportedly obtained by a former Apple engineer who worked in software development and never used the computer’s 3G functionality.

The eBay seller has been unable to get the 3G functionality to work with the computer commenting in the listing “I have unfortunately been unable to get it working with my SIM card, though it is seen by the operating system and recognized as a modem device usable to connect to the internet with various configuration options. It is entirely possible it can be made to work by someone with more software and driver experience than myself but I can make no guarantees.” So, in theory a buyer might be able to get data on the laptop up and running.

Bids for the computer are currently at $2,376.51, with 4 days left in the auction.

What do you think? Is this a real Apple prototype? Would you have bought one if Apple had ever made the product public?

[via AppleInsider]