- Sanders campaign fires staffer after anti-Semitic, homophobic tweets surface Today 3:13 PM
- Brother Nature was attacked, says everyone just watched with phones out Today 2:45 PM
- Ryan Reynolds’ gin company hires Peloton wife for ad Today 1:24 PM
- Ex-vegan YouTuber accused of fraud after following meat-only diet Today 1:11 PM
- The 15 best Disney+ hidden gems and deep cuts Today 12:23 PM
- Everyone in GoFundMe scam involving homeless veteran has now pleaded guilty Today 12:06 PM
- Boy invites kindergarten class to his adoption–and people are emotional Today 11:56 AM
- Reddit links leaked trade deal documents to Russian campaign Today 10:44 AM
- How to stream Alistair Overeem vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik Today 8:30 AM
- Amazon sends customers condoms and soap instead of Nintendo Switch Today 8:28 AM
- How to live stream Jermall Charlo vs. Dennis Hogan Today 8:00 AM
- Apple TV’s ‘Truth Be Told’ is a criminally dull drama Today 6:00 AM
- Thousands of Uber users have reported sexual assaults, company says Friday 5:40 PM
- ‘Astronomy Club’ reformats the sketch show Friday 4:58 PM
- Trump is concerned America’s toilets too weak Friday 3:53 PM
While you’re saving up your spare change and checking trade-in prices on your current iPhone in anticipation of picking up a shiny new iPhone 7, there’s an even more expensive Apple smartphone that you might already own: the iPhone 2G.
Unlike most pieces of outdated tech which gradually get less and less desirable (and expensive) as time marches on, the original iPhone has somehow reversed things. In fact, a new iPhone 2G is now more expensive than it’s ever been.
At this point, the iPhone 2G—which debuted way back in 2007—is a veritable tech antique. The phone was taken out of production in July of 2008, with 6.1 million units sold according to most estimates. It doesn’t even run an official version of iOS, as the phone’s most recent OS update, 3.1.3, debuted before Apple even called it iOS.
But how rare can something really be if over 6 million of them were made? Consider that the iPhone launched at the very earliest days of smartphone adoption and was the first touchscreen phone to catch any real traction. Cases, screen protectors, and other accessories to extend the longevity of the device just weren’t all that popular, which means many, many iPhone 2Gs are now cracked, dented, or completely dead. That puts a big premium on pristine examples of the original Apple smartphone, not to mention ones that are still sealed in their original boxes.
Compared to the iPhones that followed it, the iPhone 2G sold a tiny, tiny number of units—further adding to its desirability as a collector’s item.
So if you’re busy saving up a few hundred bucks for the iPhone 7, just be glad you’re not an iPhone collector, or you’d have to shell out a whole lot more to score the grandpa of iPhones. But hey, at least the iPhone 2G has a headphone jack, right?
Mike Wehner is a former tech editor for the Daily Dot who now writes for BGR. His work has appeared everywhere from Yahoo to CNN, and there’s a good chance his Apple Watch is dead right now.