In 2005, Apple CEO Steve Jobs conceived an idea of using a multi-touch touchscreen to interact with a computer in a way in which he could type directly onto the display, essentially removing the physical keyboard and mouse, the same as a tablet computer.Jobs recruited a group of Apple engineers to investigate the idea as a side project. Apple rejected the "design by committee" approach that had yielded the Motorola ROKR E1, a largely unsuccessful collaboration with Motorola.Instead, Cingular Wireless gave Apple the liberty to develop the i Phone's hardware and software in-house.
When it comes to mobile gadgets, most tech junkies only care about the latest and greatest.
If it's not cutting-edge, you might as well not bother, right? It seems that the original, non-3G i Phone (commonly referred to as the i Phone 2G) has risen sharply in value after becoming obsolete.
In fact, if you have a mint specimen you're willing to part with, you might be looking at US$1,000 or more.
Ever the pulse on current gadget values, the e Bay "Completed Listings" page for the i Phone 2G is somewhat jaw-dropping.
First, you have folks asking $5,000 or more for unopened units, which never sell.