Rare Apple products, such as prototypes or old models, have always proved to be incredibly successful with consumers. Such is the case with a claimed prototype of the cellular model of the iPad mini 2, which is currently being auctioned on eBay, with a starting bid of $4,999.
At the moment, the current bid is set at $6,099 with more than 2 days still left until the end of the auction. One of the reasons why these prototypes are so successful is explained by Ben Lovejoy from 9to5Mac publication:
"security experts, hackers and jailbreakers like to understand the software that’s loaded on them to get a better idea of what’s going on behind the scenes on iOS devices."
The seller says that the lack of serial number and FCC markings, along with the SwitchBoard software are enough evidence that the device is indeed an iPad Mini 2 prototype. Here's how the official description of the listing sounds like:
You should know that SwitchBoard and the applications running are seeded only to Apple Official Service Centers and can only be pre-Installed by Apple.