Prototype from 2009 reveals Apple seriously considered dual-connector design

Two-port iPad sells for $10,200 on eBay

A prototype iPad with two docks sold on eBay last night for for $10,200 (or approximately £6,500).

It was a first generation, 16GB device, which saw 23 bids in the run up to the auction’s end (link here – warning, lots of hi-res images so it can be very slow to load).

The most interesting feature of the device are the two docks, apparently fully functional – one positioned so that users could dock iPads while in landscape mode. The eBay seller commented: “Apple prototyped these iPads to have this connector late in the process and at the last minute decided to remove them.”

The iPad also came with Apple’s software testing suite, Switchboard and was running the beta version of iOS 3.2.

The seller also noted that as prototypes like this are deliberately disabled, he had done his best to refurbish it, but had not been able to fix the touchscreen – that little fact didn’t seem to stop the bidding, however.

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