AN UNOPENED original iPhone sold at auction for a whopping $39,339 (£34,908).
The iconic Apple gadget was launched in 2007 and cost just $499 (£269).
Now, 15 years later, a model fresh from the box has sold for almost 80 times as much.
The iPhone was recently offered LCG auction with a starting bid of $2,500.
But after 28 bids, the price had skyrocketed to nearly $40,000.
“All original – no aftermarket decals or UPC labels on this one,” LCG Auctions explained.
“Brand new, never activated. Collectors and investors would be hard pressed to find a better example.
“Relevance and rarity form a winning formula for this red hot collector’s item.”
An enormous sum for a device that just celebrated its 15th birthday this year.
The late Apple founder Steve Jobs introduced the handset on January 9, 2007.
It didn’t come out until June 29 of the same year, but the announcement was an unforgettable part of the gadget’s history.
Jobs snubbed the pen and hailed a keyboard-less touchscreen as the future of computing. He wasn’t wrong.
But how well do you really remember that original iPhone model?
At launch, there was no App Store
We take apps for granted these days, but they weren’t always natural.
In fact, the original iPhone didn’t have an App Store when it launched.
That came later in 2008.
The iPhone had apps on it – Apple plans like Phone, Calendar, Weather, Notes and more.
But you couldn’t install third-party apps through the official Apple App Store until July 2008.
The iPhone was missing many features at launch, including a front camera for selfies, video recording, and even a flashlight.
In the absence of a flashlight, some early iPhone apps allowed you to set a white screen to maximum brightness. Not quite the same…
It only had 4GB of storage
The original iPhone only had a paltry 4GB of storage.
It didn’t feel too terrible back then, as image sizes were smaller, the load from apps was much less, and internet speeds were still pretty slow.
That’s in stark contrast to today, where the current iPhone starts at 128GB and goes up to a whopping 1TB on some models.
The screen was only 3.5 inches
When the iPhone came out, it had a tiny 3.5-inch screen.
This is the measurement diagonally from corner to corner.
And it’s actually hard to believe that we used such small screens.
In comparison, today’s iPhones typically range in diameter from 5.8 inches to 6.7 inches.
It turns out people love using their iPhone for TV, gaming, and scrolling through TikTok videos — so a good screen is now essential.
People thought it would never catch on
Nowadays the iPhone is just a part of life. It’s inconceivable that it wouldn’t exist.
But when it was first rumored – and then launched – Apple was derided by many.
People joked about making calls with a glorified iPod, thinking the lack of a physical keyboard would never catch on.
The same thing happened with the launch of the iPad, of course, and so did the Apple Watch.
Since then, Apple has dominated all three product categories, ultimately proving the naysayers wrong.
It only cost $499
When the original iPhone came out, it cost $499.
That might seem like a bargain these days, but inflation brings it closer to $669 in today’s money.
That’s actually cheaper than the actual iPhone 14, which costs $799 / £849.
But you can now pick up the 2nd-gen iPhone SE for $429/$449 — with far superior tech than the original iPhone.
While iPhone prices have skyrocketed to as high as $1,500 for some models, not all variants have.
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