iPhone 4 prototype goes on sale

Pre-production prototype sees light of day

Ever wanted to get your hands on a pre-production prototype of the iPhone 4? Don't expect it to sync with iTunes though.

A early prototype of the iPhone 4 has become available on eBay, making it the first time an Apple prototype has been available for sale without Apple stepping in.

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The handset is believed to be of the same generation that Gizmodo managed to get its paws on before the iPhone 4 was announced. Containing different internal components to the model which you can buy in the shops, this particular iPhone 4 also features an identity code on the front, matching it with the assigned member of staff who has unfortunately misplaced it.

Aside from lacking any '+' or '-' marks on the volume buttons you'd be hard-pressed to notice any difference whatsoever. Finally and most importantly however, the unit is in fact almost unuseable, with the handset refusing to communicate with iTunes, making it either a very attractive/expensive paperweight or a serious challenge to unlock.

At £502, would you pay that much for a piece of Apple history, or is that price pushing it a bit? Let us know what you think on Facebook and Twitter.

Source: Thisismynext