The long-lost Apple VideoPad 2 prototype is going up for auction in November as a part of a History of Science and Technology auction by Bonhams, a world public sale home, in Los Angeles. The VideoPad will likely be auctioned alongside different Apple prototypes and Steve Jobs memorabilia and is estimated to promote between $8,000 and $12,000.
Developed between 1993 and 1995 with VideoPad 1 and three (the one two examples proven to the general public), this solely surviving PDA prototype was Apple’s subsequent try after the Newton Message Pad. In contrast to the Newton Message Pad, the fold-up display screen apparently included a built-in digicam for video conferencing.
Regardless of being designed to be forward of its time, it was canceled together with Newton OS after Jobs’ return to the corporate in 1997. According to Bonhams, that was after Jobs realized the expertise was not but on the degree required for a Positive consumer expertise.
The machine was produced from conceptual design sketches drawn by former CEO John Sculley. The design by no means made it to the general public, nevertheless it was an excellent early imaginative and prescient for a pill, and when you squint, you’ll be able to see a line drawn between it and profitable units like the iPhone and iPad.
Different Apple units set to make a bidding look embrace the original Apple II Personal Computer and prototypes just like the Apple Macintosh, Apple EMate 300, and the primary technology iPad, plus an autographed handwritten letter from Jobs to his childhood greatest buddy estimated at $200,000 to $300,000.