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garyopa
03-11-2012, 02:53 PM
Wizzy Active Lifestyle Telephone for wired networks

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Apple introduced W.A.LT. at 1993's MacWorld Boston but never made it to the public. Now a collector is selling his prototype.

We are bringing you here you a piece of Apple's history and a curiosity new that most of you doesn't know (Me neither). It appears that Apple, designed a device which may be considerated the precursor of the actual iPhone. The name was W.A.L.T , acronym of Wizzy Active Lifestyle Telephone and it was intended to wired telephone networks, not for cellular ones. It was running Mac OS 6.0.8 and featured a high-resolution touch screen LCD w/ stylus, hand writing recognition, fax, address book, caller ID, online banking, speakerphone, message pad, and personalized ring tones.

Apple introduced it in the 1993's MacWorld event but the device never made it to public release. Just a few advanced prototypes where made and one of them is now on sale on eBay.

Here is what the seller puts in the description:



I have decided it's time to let go of the jewel of my collection. The W.A.LT. is an incredibly rare find and will make your collection the envy of all the Apple fanatics out there. Apple introduced W.A.LT. at 1993's MacWorld Boston yet never made it available to the public. The revolutionary product's acronym stands for Wizzy Active Lifestyle Telephone. This device featured a high-resolution touch screen LCD w/ stylus, hand writing recognition, fax, address book, caller ID, online banking, speakerphone, message pad, and personalized ring tones. Clearly a device way ahead of it's time.

The W.A.LT. ran Mac OS 6.0.8 with Hypercard in place of the Finder. It was co-developed with Bell South. It also has hidden support for external SCSI and VGA out. This rare model (#68) is one of the few prototypes in existence. I even have an printed manual from Apple! Back in 2008 PC World published a list of the "Top 15 Vaporware Products of All Time". The W.A.LT. was #1.

This device is in excellent condition for a prototype. I'm more a collector then a tech so I'm not the tinkering type. Both the screen and the hard drive work sporadically. It seems quite apparent that there are some loose connections. Though I'm selling the device as is, I feel confident that someone could get inside this and have it working consistently in no time. It has been fully functional. This is an incredible device and I hope to find a good home for it.


So, if you are interested in a 1993's wired smartphone, the initial bid is just 8000$, a bargain as you see :).

PLACE A BID NOW: http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200725009827&ssPageName=ADME:B:SS:US:1123

Our thanks to 'Kaos2K' for digging up this weird rare item for us to bid on!

max1421
03-11-2012, 06:24 PM
I personally think he could have sold it for more than 8k

garyopa
03-11-2012, 06:53 PM
I personally think he could have sold it for more than 8k

Yeah I think it about time I open up my vault, I have some even rarer prototypes of electronic history.

DEDDOA
03-12-2012, 03:37 AM
All this fell has to do is get apple to say it's a bargain at 5x the price and the iDiots will make him a tidy profit.