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Still Own An Original Apple iPhone From 2007? It Could Be Worth A Small Fortune

Apple's 2007 iPhone in a sealed retail box.
We reckon there’s not lots of people who nonetheless possess an authentic iPhone from 2007, not to mention one which resides in its unopened retail packaging, encased in shrink wrap. Even so, we would not count on one to fetch tens of 1000’s of {dollars} at public sale. We would even be flawed—a first-generation Apple iPhone attracted 28 bids at LCG Auctions, with the successful bid hitting $39,339.60.

“This manufacturing facility sealed, first-release instance is in distinctive situation. Just about flawless alongside the floor and edges, the manufacturing facility seal is clear with appropriate seam particulars and tightness,” the public sale’s description reads. “Labels on the reverse are accurately pristine beneath the seal. All authentic – no aftermarket stickers or UPC labels on this one.”

The itemizing additionally states that it is by no means been activated, which after all is a given, being that it was bought as a cellphone that was by no means opened and remains to be sealed in its retail field in any case these years.

“Collectors and buyers could be laborious pressed to discover a superior instance,” the public sale states.

All good things, however that is nonetheless a hefty sum for a 15-year smartphone. That is the 8GB mannequin, which bought for $599 when it launched in 2007 (the 4GB mannequin bought for $499). Different specs embrace a 3.5-inch show with a laughable (by at the moment’s requirements) 480×320 decision, a 32-bit Arm processor constructed by Samsung and clocked at 412MHz, 2-megapixel rear digital camera, 1,400 mAh battery, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Smartphones have grown by leaps and bounds because the authentic iPhone. For instance, the newest era iPhone 14 Professional Max boasts a 6.7-inch show with a 2796×1290 decision and 120Hz refresh charge, a stout A16 Bionic processor,  6GB of RAM, as much as 1TB of built-in storage, a 12MP entrance digital camera, a triple-rear digital camera system (48MP + 12MP + 12MP), and the record of upgrades goes on.
Pricing on the iPhone 14 Professional Max ranges from $1,099 (128GB of storage) to $1,599 (1TB of storage). So to place that into perspective, the unique iPhone that fetched over $39,000 at public sale is equal in value to paying for between 24 and 35 iPhone 14 Professional Max fashions.
That is laborious to fathom, however who is aware of, the identical cellphone may very well be value an even bigger fortune within the years to return. Apple nostalgia is red-hot within the public sale neighborhood—earlier this 12 months, a 1976 laptop examine signed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak reached $163,923 at public sale, whereas a signed Apple-1 laptop prototype pulled in $677,196.

Prime Picture Supply: LCG Auctions

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