Unique 3G MacBook Pro prototype headed back to Apple

Summary:North Carolina resident Carl Frega is soon to be its former owner of a rare 3G MacBook prototype that he was selling for $70,000+ on eBay.

Remember that cool-looking 3G MacBook Pro prototype that showed up on eBay in early August? CNET News’ Josh Lowensohn reports that North Carolina resident Carl Frega is soon to be its former owner.

Frega originally purchased the machine from someone on Craigslist for parts for his repair business. After opening it Frega noticed that (in addition to the integrated antenna) also had a red logic board. Apple's production boards are typically either blue or green, so this sent up an immediate "red flag."

It's essentially a 2007 MacBook Pro with a retractable antenna around the monitor bezel, a SIM card slot, and matching 3G hardware.

Frega had a friend post the ultra-rare Mac on eBay where it was bid up to $70,000 in a little less than a day before being removed at the request of Apple who cited copyright and intellectual property infringement.

There's that, and the fact that the prototype is practically identical to an Apple patent filed in 2008.

Lowensohn reports that Frega said he was contacted by Apple this afternoon "to have someone from the company pick it up."


Check out this ZDNet photo gallery of the ultra-rare 3G MacBook Pro.

Images: eBay seller abhw752579

Topics: Laptops, Apple, Hardware, Mobility


Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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