Sellers of Apple prototypes always have a looming fear of Apple trying to shut them down and taking back the device. It’s easy to sell a rare Apple Macintosh 128k prototype on eBay, but selling a 1st Generation iPad prototype in 16GB version with 2 dock ports wasn’t going to be easy for a seller on eBay. He wasn’t going to reveal any details about where he lives or what he does for a living for fear of Apple tracking him down. The man purchased the iPad prototype from a co-worker and said that he doesn’t know how the co-worker came to possess the prototype. When contacted by a team from Wired, he stated that there were chances that the prototype was stolen from Apple. The iPad was bricked when purchased from his co-worker, but he went ahead and repaired a few parts, failing to repair the touch screen.
Nevertheless, these shortcomings did not deter the attention that the new technology received at the auction, and the seller managed to do away with it for $10,200. The seller, who had also previously sold another Apple prototype, hasn’t been contacted by Apple yet but suspects it won’t be a happy call. With the handsome sale proceeds, he’s planning to buy himself a brand new iPhone 5 or new MacBook Pro, so eventually, it’ll return to Apple. He probably thinks the smart answer is going to shut them up, but I really doubt that!