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Alleged first-generation iPhone prototype appears on eBay auction

The first-generation iPhone prototype. Grab it while you can!

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A prototype first-generation iPhone has made its way on eBay today, and it’s already above $10,000. Apple prototypes appearing on the internet isn’t a new thing, but this iPhone prototype is “the rarest” of all other prototypes that we’ve seen, according to the Portland-based seller, as spotted by 9to5Mac.

The seller doesn’t exactly mention the source of this unit, however, the information posted on eBay seems authentic, and match other prototype first-generation iPhone units. The markings on the housing and special software images don’t require a second look to verify, with each radio signal bands mentioned at the rear of the phone. There’s also a version label at the back, which reads version 1.1.1.

The seller claims that this prototype unit is from 2006, and weighs 144.5 grams (9.5 grams more than the normal iPhone from 2007). Interestingly, the prototype was “hand-made in Cupertino, California,” according to the seller, unlike other prototypes, which are assembled in China. The top differences between this prototype iPhone and the normal first-generation iPhone are highlighted after the break.

  • Rare Apple engineer sticker which says Ver 1.1.1
  • Running multiple testing software, including OS X and Earthbound (not the normal OS 1)
  • Used by Apple for testing to make the original iPhone
  • Circa 2006.  Before the original iPhone release date (mid 2007)
  • Different weight. Much heavier at 144.5 grams (normal iphone 2g is 135 gram)
  • No FCC etchings at the back
  • Bell icon 
    for the mute button
  • Complete different internals, including different battery, different wifi etc
  • Excellent investment
  • Early prototype
  • Hand made in Cupertino, California. (not mass produced in China like normal iPhones)
  • Secretly code named Project Purple (at this stage of development, the “iPhone” name was unknown)
  • EXTREMLY RARE.  Only a few are known to exist
  • Highly sought after

Included in the auction is the prototype first-generation iPhone, and the black engineer box it came in. The bids have reached $12,300.00, with 64 bids, as of now and is likely to go up. Apple has had several prototypes removed from eBay in the past, though, so we’re not sure how long this auction will last. Interested? You can make your bid here.

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OnePlus 6T to launch in Nepal on November 11

OnePlus’ fastest device is coming faster than ever in Nepal this time.

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OnePlus recently announced that it will be launching the OnePlus 6T in Nepal on November 11. The company launched the handset just last month in New York.

Yes, OnePlus is sticking to its ridiculous six-month update cycle that outdates the only flagship every six months.

The OnePlus 6T features a 6.41-inch AMOLED display with a teardrop notch, and a chin, of course, on the front. It packs a 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, depending upon your preference.

OnePlus has added an in-display fingerprint scanner to the handset, and removed the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. The battery included in slightly larger in capacity than what we’ve seen on the OnePlus 6. Rest follows what’s on the OnePlus 6.

You can pre-order the OnePlus 6T in Nepal beginning November 11, and get the handset delivered in the next few days if not weeks. OnePlus Nepal is offering the handset at a discounted price of 69,999 NPR for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant, in partnership with Alibaba’s Daraz to celebrate its Double 11 sales day.

That said, the regular OnePlus 6T pricing will likely be a little over what Daraz is offering.

We’ve reached out to OnePlus for more information, and will update this article as the story progresses.

Update: OnePlus will be selling the OnePlus 6T for 75,999 NPR in Nepal after the Daraz Double 11 sale is over. Grab the discounted price while you can.

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OnePlus 6T gets new Thunder Purple finish in China

OnePlus fans in China are in for a treat that’s not black but purple.

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OnePlus has announced a new OnePlus 6T variant that it’ll trade exclusively in China for the time being. The new OnePlus flagship doesn’t take another tech specs bump in this news, rather a new finish. Thunder Purple.

While the US and rest of the world has to settle for OnePlus 6T Mirror Black and Midnight Black, customers in China will be able to avail a new Thunder Purple finish of the OnePlus 6T. It’s similar to Samsung’s Lavender Purple, with more light purple at the bottom and darker as it reaches to the top.

For 3,399 Yuan ($490), you can grab the Thunder Purple OnePlus 6T with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage in China. Rest of the world, waiting could be the only option for now.

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Apple Pay is set to launch in Germany

This could happen anytime soon.

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Apple is about to launch Apple Pay in Germany. Local banks have started emailing customers about Apple Pay’s launch in the country, but none have mentioned an exact launch date yet. Plus, Apple’s Germany website also states “coming soon” for the mobile payments service, leaving us without an exact date.

Apple earlier this year promised that it will launch Apple Pay in Germany before the end of this year; we can now see where it’s headed. Apple Pay made its debut in Europe when it launched in the United Kingdom in 2015, and now covers most parts of the continent. The contactless payments service could go live in Germany anytime soon.

At launch, Apple Pay will support American Express, Maestro, MasterCard, Visa, Boon, Bunq, ComDirect, Square, Edenred, Fidor Bank, Hanseatic Bank, HypoVereinsbank, N26, O2 Banking, and Vim Pay customers in Germany.

Stay tuned for more information as the story progresses.

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