Rare Apple VideoPad prototype up for auction

The Bonhams house in Los Angeles is selling a rare prototype, the video board 2, which is a kind of successor to the Newton MessagePad equipped with two screens.

The missing Apple VideoPad 2 prototype will be auctioned off in November as part of an auction about the history of science and technology. The VideoPad will be auctioned off along with other Apple prototypes and Steve Jobs memorabilia. It is estimated to be worth between $8,000 and $12,000.

Developed between 1993 and 1995 with VideoPad 1 and 3 (the only two examples shown to the public), this only surviving PDA prototype was Apple’s next attempt after the Newton Message Pad. Unlike the Newton Message Pad, the foldable screen appears to have included a built-in camera for video conferencing.

Credit: Bonhams

Although designed to be ahead of its time, it was shelved with Newton OS after Jobs returned to the company in 1997. According to Bonhams, this was after Jobs realized the technology wasn’t. Still up to par for a positive user experience. This VideoPad 2 was rescued from the water by an Apple employee in 1999.

The device was produced from concept drawings drawn by former CEO John Sculley. The design was never announced, but it was too early to use the tablet, and if you look closely, you can see a similarity between it and popular devices like the iPhone and iPad.

Other Apple devices that will be auctioned include original Apple II personal computers and prototypes such as the Apple Macintosh, Apple EMate 300 and first generation iPad, as well as a handwritten letter signed by Jobs to his close childhood friend, estimated at between $200,000 and $300,000. .

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