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Prototype iPod touch with camera on eBay... for a few minutes

What with that iPhone HD/iPhone 3G showing up on Gizmodo and now two prototype iPod touch devices temporarily showing up on eBay, we'd sure hate to be Apple's prop master right now.

Oh, you didn't hear about the iPod touch (with cameras!) yet?

Someone has put up two semi-working iPod touches WITH cameras and a development version of the iPod OS on Ebay. They are marked with 'DVT-1' and 'DVT-2', 'Apple Development Team' and one is running some sort of 'switchboard' OS window.

They've been pulled of course, which isn't unexpected, and they seem to look like that prototype from last year that got out shortly before the official, camera-free iPod touch G3 debuted in September.

So is this from the same 2009 batch or a new 2010 batch? We're thinking the former, and we're also wondering just who is losing all this secret Apple test gear?

Gallery after the break!

[9to5Mac]

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18 Comments
  • I almost feel as if apple is planting these things...i can't remember apple ever "losing" a product prior to launch, let alone two of them. in the same week.
  • I guess he found these in a bar?
  • But Apple would not have gotten the police involved if it were planted.
  • ...sigh, just like last year we got hyped over the camera on the iPod Touch
    But since i got the iPhone 3GS, i can care less
  • We were told that the police have been contacted... by Apple... so I'm guessing it is Apple that is saying the police were contacted as the police don't normally go around telling news outlets their business.
  • @tom
    I happen to agree. Apple "losing" stuff doesn't even sound right. Apple leaks this stuff because they know blogs like this will fall for it every single time...hook, line, and sinker. It keeps Apple's fanbase energized while taking attention away from the competition.
  • Such a non-atory
  • Apple is finally learning being secretive may not be the best way now that people have so many great options
  • @CJ
    +1 +1 +1
    I absolutely agree. All this is a big ruse to keep the iphone/Apple in everyone's mouths and keep the attention away from the competition.
  • I love the icon on the Switchboard that reads "SkankPhone."
  • @Andrew, good point, Apple really wouldn't be able to. I think Apple is just loosing their act.
  • Maybe that guy who lost the prototype iPhone got fired and is selling all his Apple Products
  • We were told that the police have been contacted… by Apple… so I’m guessing it is Apple that is saying the police were contacted as the police don’t normally go around telling news outlets their business.
    What? Sure they do. Every police department publishes a lot of stuff about their arrests and investigations, and for bigger crimes, they hold press conferences about what they're doing. In fact, about the ONLY time they keep it a secret is when they need to for purposes of getting a conviction... say, when only the murderer would know about the appearance of the crime scene. But for this kind of thing? The police would absolutely announce it.
  • On the devices themselves: the more I see this stuff, the more I see deliberate Apple plants, designed to misdirect everyone. Think about those icons: is there any chance whatsoever that Apple's going to release an application called "SkankPhone"? The apps shown there are obviously fake.
    Oh, and even if Apple planted them doesn't mean they couldn't get the police involved, either. You just don't TELL the police you planted the damn things. It's not like they're going to get to the point where anyone goes to jail anyway. Apple will get their phone back and then be willing to let bygones be bygones as long as everyone involved keeps quiet, which they will.
  • @ Sean ur watching to much of criminal minds..
  • Yeah yeah, some guy accidently left it behind and now we've got pics and reviews... Funny thing is that it might have increased interest for Apple - which could be a good thing for them.
    I'm not getting too excited about it all until it actually comes out... then I'll get excited and probably upgrade!
    Kick Butt
  • Didn't this show up last year too and they ended up not making it into the final product.
  • Umm.. I thought this was the line to get an autographed Big mac by the fat kid from the sandlot! Oh well i guess i'll just go back to subway and hit on chicks!