An original iPhone, just like the one Steve Jobs introduced in 2007 at Macworld, is now selling for 10,000/8,155 € on eBay, with another sealed unit up on auction with four days remaining and a current price tag of $6,100/5,000 EUR.
The seller describes the item
as a “Stunning, rare collector’s choice, Apple iPhone 1st generation 8GB and factory sealed. You are seeing a piece of history. This is an incredible collector’s show piece. This would be a crown jewel for any collection. Amazing factory sealed box. Unopened and the collector’s dream Apple iPhone.”
We’ll leave it to you to decide whether or not this thing really is a historic item at this point. After all, it’s only been around for a few years. Some people still use a first-generation iPhone as their primary communications device.
The detailed info touts the original iPhone as three products in one: “a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and Internet communications device with desktop-class email, web browsing, maps, and searching - into one small and lightweight handheld device.”
“iPhone also introduces an entirely new user interface based on a large multi-touch display and pioneering new software, letting you control everything with just your fingers,” the seller adds.
“So it ushers in an era of software power and sophistication never before seen in a mobile device, completely redefining what you can do on a mobile phone.”
While the first iPhone is hardly a historic item five years into its release, it will be an invaluable collector’s piece say 10, or 15 years from now.
Which is why this eBay deal is really a bargain! When the iPhone 1 is old enough to be considered something like the Apple I or the Apple II personal computers, you can bet your grandma it’ll fetch a lot more – perhaps not on eBay, but through the likes of Sotheby’s