The first iPhone is officially a collector’s item. A 2007 device with its original box intact was sold for $35,414 (about 35,500 euros) at an auction on August 18. The site of RR Auction, the American auction house, specifies that the box “ features a life-size image of the iPhone with twelve icons on the screen, indicating that it is first production. A 13ᵉ icon, for iTunes, arrived later in the year. »
The smartphone was presented as part of a special auction called “Apple, Jobs and computer component” organized by RR Auction, which offered more than 70 items. The collectible list included an Apple-1 circuit board, hand-soldered by band co-founder Steve “Woz” Wozniak, which was allegedly used to secure Apple’s first big order. The component was sold for $677,196.
iPods are also in demand, as an unopened first-generation (5GB) model was purchased for $25,000. You will understand, if you have an old device marked with an apple, it must be in perfect condition and with its original box to hope to get a good price.
The first user constraints
Marketed in June 2007, the iPhone 2G had a storage capacity of 6, 8 or 16 GB. We are far from the 1TB of the iPhone 13 Pro Max. At the time, Numerama was already worried about Apple’s first attempts to force its users to subscribe to the Apple brand ecosystem.
In the article “The iPhone will need your credit card to work” published in 2007, one could read ” it must be recognized that this subscription obligation should ensure that everything is done so that you go to the cash register without even realizing it, or almost “. 15 years later, the group has created a universe that perfectly frames its user, from the App Store to iCloud via Apple Pay.