Feeds

Man punts 'prototype' iPhones on eBay

A piece of history?

Security for virtualized datacentres

The iPhone has been updated, with two new models of the phone popping up for sale online.

iphone_prototype_01

One of the prototype iPhones running a beta OS

Sound too good to be true? Well, sadly, it is, because the two models are actually – according to their eBay seller - “rare and collectable” examples of prototype iPhones.

Only one of the phones actually works, with the seller stating that it runs OS version 03.06.01_G – a completely different looking version of the iPhone UI we all know and love.

The seller hasn’t said how he came by either handset, but he’s claimed to have done some serial number research and discovered that both were manufactured roughly six months before the iPhone was launched in 2007.

iphone_prototype_02

The working camera's said to have tons of testing options

The working model can make calls using an AT&T SIM card, will display mobile versions of webpages and can receive text messages – you just won’t be able to compose your own, the seller said.

The camera also works, but has “tons of testing options”, although you won’t be able to sync the phone with iTunes.

Interesting differences between the two iPhones include the fact that the working model only has a “plastic matte screen”, while the other has a glass screen – as existing models do.

iphone_prototype_03

Nice to see an early model had a landscape keyboard, at least

At the time we went to press the highest bid for the iPhone pair online stood at $1625 (£1174/€1281). ®

Review
iPhoney nano found, tested in Asia

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

More from The Register

next story
Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure
State attorney demands Apple CEO bows the knee to him
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Monitors monitor's monitoring finds touch screens have 0.4% market share
Not four. Point four. Count yer booty again, Microsoft
Hey, Mac fanbois. HGST wants you drooling over its HUGE desktop RACK
What vast digital media repository could possibly need 64 TERABYTES?
In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE
Rival electronic giant tries to iron out allegations
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.