Prototype 3G Apple MacBook Pro Appears On eBay

An older Apple MacBook Pro model fully integrated with 3G capabilities (presumed to be an early prototype) is available for sale on web-based auction and retail website eBay.

According to tech website Cnet, an ebay user based in North Carolina listed a MacBook pro with 3G functionality for sale on the website last week. The device is apparently a prototype of Apple’s efforts and plans to launch a 3G-enabled MacBook Pro.

The laptop, which was said to be manufactured in 2007, contains all the features similar to the laptops of the time including a 15.4-inch screen display with a 1440 x 900 pixel resolution whilst running Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard.

However, the laptop also has an added 3G antenna and a SIM Card slot to make it 3G compatible. The seller brought the MacBook from an engineer who previously worked for Apple and apparently did not know about the significance of the device.

"I have unfortunately been unable to get it working with my SIM card, though it is seen by the operating system and recognized as a modem device usable to connect to the Internet with various configuration options,” the seller has stated on the website.

The bid on eBay is open till next Thursday and currently stands at £6,135.

Latest Update: The MacBook has since been removed from eBay having allegedly reached $70,000 on the auction site; according to MacRumors this was at the behest of Apple.