What if you order a new iPhone 6 and you get a rare and potentially very valuable prototype instead? And imagine if you could fetch six figures or more for that rare device which could reveal proprietary Apple secrets.
That’s exactly the real scenario unfolding on eBay Monday, as an accidentally shipped iPhone 6 prototype is nearing a bid of $100,000 as of this writing.
The listing has already seen nearly 200 bids.
According to the eBay user “kimberlyk1018,” who listed the prototype, the rare and unreleased version of the iPhone 6 was sent to her by mistake after she renewed her contract with Verizon.
“Apple does NOT let these phones out of their possession, yet I was accidentally sent one upon renewing my contract,” the seller says on eBay. “As you can see from the photos, iOS8 has not been placed on this device, rather it is in the true developer mode.”
The prototype is a white, 64GB iPhone 6, featuring a red-colored lightning port. But its biggest selling point is that the prototype is also devoid of model or FCC markings, and appears to be running a pre-release developer software.
The “true developer mode” — as the seller mentions — is the most valuable component. iPhone 6 models include Apple’s newest iOS 8 operating system, not the in-development system.
An Apple enthusiast or competitor could be bidding on the prototype to mine its data and developer applications, searching for possible clues to Apple’s future plans for its iPhone lineup or iOS software.
Speculation is heavy that even Apple is bidding on the prototype to avoid the device from falling into a competitor’s hands.