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Some time back, an Apple was granted a patent which showed an iPad with two dock connectors, allowing the device to be docked in either landscape or portrait mode. It was claimed back then that Apple was planning to add the second dock connector to a second-generation iPad. It never did, of course, and it now turns out that the …

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Anonymous Coward

Uh...

So, $10,000...

For an iPad...

WHICH DOESNT WORK?!?!?

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Uh...

Ah, but look how they fine tuned and developed it into what it is today.

Goes to show how conscious they are of how it should work, unlike some tablet makers who just churn things out without too much thought.

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Trollface

Re: Uh...

- "WHICH DOESNT WORK?!?!?"

Nothing new there, just ask some of the ipad 3/new wifi owners!

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jai
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Re: Uh...

well someone paid $10,200 for it in the end

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Seriously, the US patent system is fucked if you can have a patent for something as obvious as docking connectors on the side and base

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JDX
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It's fine, just put your docks on the other 2 sides.

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FAIL

Useless

even more so as the seller wont ship to the UK.....

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Joke

Soundwave?!

One of the icons on there is of the Transformer Soundwave. Presumably this prototype once transformed into an '80s boombox of at the touch of an icon. Definitely more than meets the eye...

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SkankPhone? On an iPad, why would there be a phone component in the first place and why call it Skank? Maybe they feel chavs will buy (more) iPads if they made it a bit skanky?

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It's what happens when you let engineers name things...

Looks like SwitchBoard is some kind of production test firmware. Since this is never supposed to escape into the wild, the engineers that developed it can (and obviously did) name the test applications anything they want, without marketing telling them what to do.

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Smart seller

He's cleverly obscured the serial numbers in the photos ("for safety" - whatever that means), but has left in the accompanying barcodes and QR-codes, meaning that any self-respecting geek could figure them out in no time!

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Anonymous Coward

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Prized from Steve's cold dead hands it would seem

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Shirley...

Being a prototype it was never sold and is still the property of Apple?

Anyone foolish enough to buy it will very shortly be receiving a visit to reclaim.

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Jolly Gee

Apple must be hard up for cash if they have to sell their prototypes.

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