A new eBay listing (via MacRumors) for a prototype 16 GB original iPad shows two dock connectors, one each in portrait and landscape orientations. It has previously been rumored that Apple originally planned to use dual dock connectors but scrapped the idea in favor of simplicity with just a single port in portrait mode. Even some old patent applications filed on the design of the iPad showed two dock connectors. The device listed on eBay does not have the “iPad” name printed on its shell but includes a prototype ID number printed on the rear shell and front bezel.
According to the source:
The prototype iPad is in nearly functional condition, although it appears that minor repairs to the touch sensing capabilities are needed. While it is possible that a second dock connector could be faked with appropriate tools and spare parts, extensive documentation on the listing in the form of detailed photos appears to be consistent with the device being a genuine Apple prototype. Several components carry part numbers and copyright dates from prior to original iPad’s components, and the device is running Apple’s SwitchBoard diagnostic software.
The starting bid on the listing for the prototype iPad is $4,800, and the auction ends shortly after midnight Eastern Time tonight.
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