The 3G MacBook Pro That Almost Was…

  • August 14, 2011 11:16 am

An eBay sale highlighted by Macrumors shows us a 3G MacBook Pro that almost made it to market. Just how close was it? Macrumors says that after dissecting the unit above, the same solder points for the SIM card slot can be found on production units from that time — 2007 Santa Rosa MacBook Pros. For whatever reason Apple pulled the plug, and at the last minute as evident by the aforementioned SIM card slot solder points.

According to numerous previous statements by Apple CEO Steve Jobs over the years, the company has stayed away from integrated cellular support to keep choice in the hands of the consumer, and avoid getting them “locked in” with carriers. While we certainly would love to have one less thing sticking out of our USB ports, we totally understand (and appreciate) Jobs’ view.

The 3G MacBook Pro was originally sold in “as is” condition (read: not working), but the guy who then picked it up off of Craigslist was able to get things up and running, albeit with 3G still not working. The unit is now up for auction on eBay. Even though the 3G functionality doesn’t work, the 3G MacBook Pro above shows us what could have been had Apple followed through. Not to mention it’s a cool piece of Apple history that any tech nut could appreciate. Hop on past the break for a few more images…


Via: Macrumors, 9to5Mac

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