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MacBook Pro with 3G Protoype, Appears on eBay

Written on August 15, 2011 by Adam Eve

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An alleged older MacBook Pro prototype with built-in 3G cellular data functionality made its appearance on eBay, indicating that the company looked into adding wireless data capabilities to its notebooks as early as 2007.

An alleged of with built-in cellular data functionality made its appearance on . According to the auction, it is a one-of-a-kind pre-production unit of the 2007 15-inch Santa Rosa MacBook Pro.

Its distinguishable are the extendable cellular antenna at the top-right side of the display, and the SIM card slot beneath the memory cover. An evidence that the said notebook is an Apple prototype is its bright red circuit boards and the lack of EMC number. The laptop’s serial number is not available at the company’s online database either.

According to the seller, he was able to obtain the device through Craiglist. It was listed by a former Apple engineer who received the machine for “software development work.” The engineer was granted to keep the machine before he left, and told the seller that he was not able to use the cellular data functionality because it was not related to his work.

Identifying itself as model 3.1, the MacBook Pro prototype features Intel Core Duo 2.0 4GHz dual-core processor, 2GB DDR2 RAM and NVIDIA GeForce 8600m video. Also housed inside the device is the AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wireless and Bluetooth 2.1 together with the test 3G functionality.

According to the seller, the MacBook Pro prototype is still in “surprisingly good condition” after restoration. However, he was unable to get the antenna work with a SIM card. The said prototype appears to validate earlier reports that Apple was building 3G wireless into its notebooks.

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