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  • The "Original" Apple Tablet Can Be Yours



    It's almost too difficult to believe, but someone is likely going to spend more for Apple's original "tablet" than some of us will spend on a brand new iPad.

    Gotta love eBay.

    This weekend an all out bidding war began for a chunk of Apple history: a Newton MessagePAD Prototype DVT Unit. And while bidding began in a modest range for this "technological relic," the most die-hard of Apple fans (those with too much time and money on their hands) have since driven the asking price sky high. At present, this little beauty will cost you better than $500, and that bid will likely escalate as we near the end of the bidding period.

    So what exactly will you get for such a hefty chunk of change? The device is a development test unit for the original Newton Messagepad (OMP or MP100). According to the product description on the eBay page, the difference between this unit and the final version is the labeling "Notepad" on the front (instead of Messagepad).

    It is however definitely a test unit as it is incredibly unstable, crashing very often even when doing fairly simple tasks.
    At least if you're a Windows user, you'll already be familiar with the above scenario.

    Of course, if you're a real Apple fanatic, please note that the original Apple case is included. And, yes, the stylus is there too. Forget the Smithsonian, someone is taking this bad boy home this week.

    And I predict a jailbreak the following day
    This article was originally published in forum thread: The "Original" Apple Tablet Can Be Yours started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. xjakex's Avatar
      xjakex -
      Apple bias on a website dedicated to modifying an Apple product!? No wai!
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      You don't seem to understand to point of a news article. It's supposed to be informative, and even if you want to consider this a "blog" article, you are still misleading the reader. Apple products are NOT failproof. My iPhone has crashed much more times than I've ever experienced with any PC (even Vista). Why not write about that? I've had friends Mac's freeze in front of them. Whether you prefer each is up to you, but don't go saying all Windows PC's crash constantly and OS X is perfect.

      This was probably intended as a "joke" but when you are misleading about a product which covers 90% of the market share don't expect to come out clean
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      the jailbreak will definatly happen
    1. frozenra1n's Avatar
      frozenra1n -
      i call dibbz
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      @frozenra1n I'll race u for it
    1. Legend_master's Avatar
      Legend_master -
      To start I was raised on macs, but personally owned PC's for most of my adult life. What's up with all the Windows-fan-boy thing going on. I use XP currently and thought the joke was funny! The writer uses PC, and wrote the joke! Y'all need to chill, for real! Good article, wish I owens one. My dads mac se/30 is used as a foot rest under his new iMac it's ironic were nastolgic apple products end up!
    1. matthew1111's Avatar
      matthew1111 -
      My windows never crashes...it does lag tho. Haha retarded bidding! ;P
    1. shnarfin's Avatar
      shnarfin -
      My Win7 machine has been flawless. In fact, the MBP I just bought is my first mac and it has crashed more times in the one month I've had it than my pc has since I've owned it (1year). OSX may be great for some applications, but my first month with OSX has been unimpressive. And BTW, these crashes on my mac are complete system crashes. No blue screen, just a blank screen and I have to hold down the power button to reboot. I can't remember the last time I had to do that with a pc
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      You are so ignorant and biased that it makes me sick reading your articles. If you properly know how to run Windows, you shouldn't have any issues. You think Macs are perfectly built machines that never have any hardware failures/issues? At least write "fanboy" at the end of your article.
      Agree.