Rare iPhone 4 prototype appears on eBay with strange Death Star logo on the back

A rare Apple iPhone N90 prototype, the code name for the iPhone 4 series, has appeared for sales on eBay with a very strange logo on the back panel. Rather than the usual Apple logo which we all know and love, this prototype has a logo which appears to resemble the Death Star from the Star Wars movies.

The eBay description states that the iPhone 4 prototype has a storage capacity of 32GB. The back panel is not screwed to the shell like the final retail version of the iPhone 4; this prototype uses a back clamp system which has been broken so the back panel falls off very easily.

We have seen a few prototype iPhone models before, but not many that are still operational. This one has had a battery replaced but does still turn on and is fully operational. When we say operational, don’t expect to be able to make and receive calls or upgrade it to iOS 5. It only runs Apple’s test software suite, SwitchBoard.

If you want to get your hands on a piece of unique Apple history, you can make a bid of $4500 or more. If you really want to make sure you aren’t outbid you can contact the seller with an offer of $10,000 and it’s yours. That's if Apple doesn't have it removed first.

Update There is now a video of the iPhone 4 Prototype below.

Source: eBay via 9to5 Mac


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