This is why you hang onto your old devices people! A decade or more from now you will be able to make quite a profit on them. Australian user “applefancollector” sold what seemed to be a first-gen iPhone prototype for $1500! While the authenticity and how the seller acquired the device remains unclear, the non-standard iPhone software running on the device matches similar instances of such devices. The device which sold also appears to be in excellent condition as it wasn’t used as a phone adding to its worth. The auction reached upwards of $500 in this instance before it sold at its listing price of $1,499.

Here it goes! My wife says I have too much stuff, so I have to reduce my collection.


I am selling a very rare original iPhone engineering prototype. These were used to test the
iPhone’s various features. To do so, a special test software was installed, which is still running
on the device perfectly.


This is device is especially rare, as it shows the initial iOS version installed and the signal
strength values etched on the back. This was done by Apple internally and is guaranteed genuine.


First-Gen iPhone Prototype sells for $1500:

iPhone 1st gen prototype

iPhone 1st gen prototype 3

iPhone 1st gen prototype 2

Would you pay $1500 for a prototype?