iPad Prototype Sells for $10,200 on eBay
eBay has always been a great outlet for pawning off bizarre goods. This past weekend, an eBay user made a quick $10,200 by selling a rare, early prototype of the first-generation iPad.
Seven bidders fought for days over the prototype, which uniquely features two dock connection ports—one for portrait mode and one for landscape mode. The device gives us a glimpse at a design that Apple once considered applying to the iPad.
The seller’s description read:
This is one of a VERY small amount of Apple prototype devices and you rarely see these on ebay. This iPad has 16GBs of capacity, and is incredibly unique…Apple prototyped these iPads to have this connector late in the process and at the last minute decided to remove them. There are patent drawings and leaked casings that show the indents for both dock connector holes, but this unit has both dock connectors, and both are full functional for charging this iPad and connecting it to your computer.
The winning bidder is surely an Apple fanatic or collector of obscure tech devices—the seller clearly stated that the device has been refurbished and its touch screen only works sporadically.
“Be aware this is a one of a kind item, none like this have been listed on eBay before,” the seller wrote. “It comes with no warranty and is intended as a cool collectors item or if you’re interested in the hardware or software on it.”
Instead of iOS, the prototype runs Apple’s testing software platform, called SwitchBoard.
Typically, when an Apple prototype hits the Web for purchase, the company wastes no time trying to shut down the sale and to reclaim the device. But in this case, the sale was completed without Apple interference, perhaps because of the seller’s advantageous timing.
“I knew that Apple wouldn’t be as active over the weekend, and I had a better chance of Apple not taking it down,” he told Wired, under the condition of anonymity.
He concedes that the prototype was likely stolen from Apple but insists that he purchased it from a co-worker.
Apple doesn’t need to worry too much about tracking the seller down to reclaim its loss. His plans for the money he earned are in the company’s best interests.
“I plan to save it and buy a new iPhone 5 or new MacBook Pro when it comes out,” he said. “It will definitely get back to Apple.”
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.