The rare Apple gadget that was rejected by Steve Jobs is to be auctioned off

November 3 is coming Bonhams to auction off a copy of Video Pad 2, a rare 1994 prototype that can be considered a kind of predecessor to the iPad.

During John Sculley’s tenure as CEO of Apple, three prototypes of the Video Pad were developed between 1993 and 1995. The plan was for the device to be a successor to the Newton Message Pad, but when Steve Jobs took over the helm in 1997, the product line was discontinued. Then it would be until 2010 before the iPad saw the light of day.

Video Pad 2 is equipped with a built-in camera, which would be used for video conferencing. It should be noted that at this time, there were no built-in webcams in Apple computers.

The asking price is 8,000 dollars, ie 69,000 Swedish kronor. However, it is likely that the final price will be significantly higher than that, this as there are plenty of collectors of rare Apple gadgets.

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