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    Default Apple WALT on Ebay

    $12000

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F232961046202

    I don't know. Kind of makes me think of the 3com Audrey... with an Apple logo.

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    Very interesting. I'd never even heard of this one before.

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    Looks like it was meant to be a companion for a home phone line back in 1993 with the following: caller ID, fax services, an address book, and many more. My family and I had caller ID back in the 1990's before they were built into phones.

    https://www.theverge.com/2012/3/10/2...prototype-ebay

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    Think it's worth $12k though? Reading up on it it seems like it's basically a wall mount Mac. Normally I get kinda excited about prototypes but maybe it's just cause this dates from Apple's Blah Period.

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    That thing should be in a moldy brown box stuck in a museum basement never to be opened.

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    Quote Originally Posted by falter View Post
    Think it's worth $12k though? Reading up on it it seems like it's basically a wall mount Mac. Normally I get kinda excited about prototypes but maybe it's just cause this dates from Apple's Blah Period.
    Normally this falls along the line of questioning seller prices, but repeatedly I've been proven wrong with legit prototype Apple products. It may actually sell for that because someone with a warped vision of Apple in the 90's thinks this will go great SOMEWHERE in their collection. Apple fanboys have deeeep pockets.
    Option B though is like with the 3G Macbook a decade back you get a call from Apple to hand the prototype over and it's never seen again.

    Looking at the back ports I'm getting Powerbook 100 logic board vibes with the rear serial port removed, presumably for something internal.
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    Another showed up on eBay in 2012 for $8K The PenLite was from the same era--did one ever show up for auction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unknown_K View Post
    There are very few designs that never got into production worth messing around with.
    If Bigmac would have shipped, Apple could have had a Sun-3 class Unix workstation in 1986

    http://www.computerhistory.org/colle...alog/102747603
    http://lowendmac.com/2013/apples-big...c-ii-next-cube

    Instead, the guy who did it became the hardware guy at NeXT

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    I just noticed the person who wrote the lowend mac thing had no idea what a "3M" machine meant:

    1 megabyte of memory
    1 MIP
    1 megapixel screen resolution
    Last edited by Al Kossow; October 11th, 2018 at 01:28 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeXT View Post
    Normally this falls along the line of questioning seller prices, but repeatedly I've been proven wrong with legit prototype Apple products. It may actually sell for that because someone with a warped vision of Apple in the 90's thinks this will go great SOMEWHERE in their collection. Apple fanboys have deeeep pockets.
    Option B though is like with the 3G Macbook a decade back you get a call from Apple to hand the prototype over and it's never seen again.

    Looking at the back ports I'm getting Powerbook 100 logic board vibes with the rear serial port removed, presumably for something internal.
    Do they retain ownership of prototypes that long??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Kossow View Post
    If Bigmac would have shipped, Apple could have had a Sun-3 class Unix workstation in 1986

    http://www.computerhistory.org/colle...alog/102747603
    http://lowendmac.com/2013/apples-big...c-ii-next-cube

    Instead, the guy who did it became the hardware guy at NeXT

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    I just noticed the person who wrote the lowend mac thing had no idea what a "3M" machine meant:

    1 megabyte of memory
    1 MIP
    1 megapixel screen resolution
    Well I liked how the Mac II came out so it all ended well.
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