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05-16-2010, 11:35 PM #1
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.
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
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05-16-2010, 11:44 PM #2
05-16-2010, 11:49 PM #3
Fake bidders like usual.
05-17-2010, 01:06 AM #4
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05-17-2010, 03:13 AM #6iPhone 32GB 3GS - iOS 4.2.1 - BB: 5.11.07
iPhone 16GB 3G - 3.1.3 - BB: 4.28.08
05-17-2010, 03:41 AM #7At least if you're a Windows user, you'll already be familiar with the above scenario.
And by the way, Windows is a pretty solid OS. It's just that you cab delete and write almost everywhere and everything you want, that makes it unstable sometimes...
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05-17-2010, 04:14 AM #8
Hmm, I still have the Newton 2000, Newton 2100, iMate 300, keyboard, etc. They all still work, just the year 2010 seems to have broken the good run they had - changing the year to 2010 reverts the unit back to 1974.
05-17-2010, 04:15 AM #9
05-17-2010, 04:49 AM #10
It's okay to be an apple fanboy, but you don't have to include that in your post about the old notepad. Very unprofessional for a staff writer.
05-17-2010, 05:56 AM #11
Gotta agree with most others. Never had problems with any of my windows os. Use it everyday all day and it's just fine
05-17-2010, 06:37 AM #12
"At least if you're a Windows user, you'll already be familiar with the above scenario."
Ur an idiot. Nuff said.
Btw posted from and iPhone can't directly quote.
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05-17-2010, 07:02 AM #13
I just want something reliable that will work when I want it to... Vista breaks while doing updates! I had to send my CPU back to hp after 3 massive system crashes (caused entirely by Vista) that I could not fix!
The backlash is that Apple prices are a rape-fest to the wallet... soooo... build your own PC and install OSX86. A complete system will cost about 1/5 of the price of the Mac Desktop equivalent (minus the monitor and speakers...but everyone should have those already... right?)
If you are up MS's butt and love you some Windows then have a blast. I will stay with my OSX86 install and have 0 problems... And I will game on my XBox360. Problem solved.
05-17-2010, 07:10 AM #14Sarcasm . . .
I agree that Windows haters are boring, and that a computer is a computer - all are fallible.
But, come on guys, get the joke . . . .
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05-17-2010, 07:13 AM #15
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.If I helped you out, please use the Thanks button ------------------------->
05-17-2010, 07:27 AM #16
05-17-2010, 07:31 AM #17
nice how prototypes find their way onto ebay...
05-17-2010, 07:57 AM #18
Just because this site is predominately Apple based, doesn't mean that neutral bias can't be achieved.
And, oh, I do recognize it is a joke, but hey, the internet removes tone to an extent, leaves to viewer interpretation which can be taken the wrong way.
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