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Apple kills eBay iPhone prototype, beta OS YouTube video

Following the publication of our story concerning two iPhone prototypes that were being sold on eBay, both the auction and a YouTube video of the working prototype in action have been pulled at Apple’s request. Responding to a comment request from iLounge, the seller told us that “as many people predicted would happen, Apple has contacted eBay to close the listing.” He also pointed out that a YouTube video he posted of the iPhone’s limited testing operating system had been pulled; when trying to navigate to the video, users are presented with the message “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Apple, Inc.” This marks the second time in the last month that Apple has asked eBay to pull an auction; former Apple employee Mike Evangelist had his auction for a pre-release iPod pulled in late February.

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How can they do that? There are 15 trillion videos of the iPhone OS on YouTube, but this one gets pulled? Who gives a crap what the beta iPhone OS looked like? Also, who gives a crap if a guy sells an iPhone like that on eBay?? Apple, come on, you guys are so lame.

Posted by David G on March 11, 2009 at 12:31 AM (CDT)


Apple’s panaoia and business practices (especially when it comes to the app store) are becoming tedious.

Posted by Dale on March 11, 2009 at 1:00 AM (CDT)


How is this paranoia? All companies do this when someone leaks information on an unreleased design for SEVERAL reasons. A) If they licensed technology from another company early. They are under NDA to keep it a secret until release time. B) It may release features prematurely, allowing competing companies to get a drop on them if you will. This is not paranoia, it is protecting their interest. If it is indeed a beta version of an unreleased version of the OS, Apple did the right thing by having the videos pulled.

Posted by Christopher Cox on March 11, 2009 at 1:45 AM (CDT)


I think this is a reasonable request. The unit is Apple’s property and would have been under NDA. The user was asking for something like $2500… but the unit was one of Apple’s private units that was never for sale.

Who knows what it contained… but it was a beta release that was never meant for sale. Apple was right in stopping them.

Posted by John on March 11, 2009 at 2:12 AM (CDT)


Wha? Really? That’s taking things a tad too far, I think. It’s not Apple’s property anymore; I was under the assumption that once property changes hands it permanently belongs to the other party.

Posted by jamar on March 11, 2009 at 9:35 AM (CDT)


All legal crap aside, was this necessary? I don’t know if you guys saw the YouTube video of it (there is another video out there), but it didn’t look like it had too much IP that Apple needed to protect. Sure they had every right to do this (or at least it seems that they do), but was it necessary?

Posted by David G on March 11, 2009 at 10:33 AM (CDT)


Stolen property IS stolen property

Posted by sammy B on March 11, 2009 at 3:28 PM (CDT)



Where on earth did you get that idea??? If I steal something from work it does NOT become my property.

Posted by Me on March 11, 2009 at 4:13 PM (CDT)



Seriously? So theft of property is okay? Once I obtain something illegally it is mine because it changed hands and I wasn’t the one who actually stole it? I don’t know what world you were raised on, but in this world, if stolen property changes hands 2 million times, it is not owned by that person. The ORIGINAL owner still has full rights to it, and can even press charges against you for having it. Receiving stolen goods is just as illegal as stealing it in the first place.

Posted by Christopher Cox on March 11, 2009 at 6:30 PM (CDT)


I think that person should give that iPhone to dev team coz of the beta OS in it may be dev team can get some info out of it.

Posted by Ammar Malhotra on March 12, 2009 at 2:36 AM (CDT)


I wonder if he got his listing fee back?

Posted by Paul on July 4, 2009 at 5:15 PM (CDT)

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