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Instant expert With the new iPhone and iPad breaking previous sales records, the spotlight has been on Apple for mostly good reasons. From a collectables point of view, they are responsible for a long line of consumer goods classics - will they become genuine treasures in years to come, and perhaps they are even now? Basics the signs are good for future collectability. the iMac, iPod, iPhone and now the iPad all changed the world in some way. Who has kept a first-issue iPod (pictured below) in its original packaging and not used it? Very few, most likely, as they were pricey to begin with. this is arguably already a museum piece. What about the jawdropping iMac which appeared in August 1998? it came in different "flavours" (colours) and saved the beleaguered Apple Computer company from bankruptcy.

How Much? the very first colour iMac, in Bondai Blue colour scheme, is now a resident of design museums around the globe. this sold for around 800 quid in 1998. in a box, with instructions, preferably unopened, this will probably have now held its value. What about the very first Apple i computers from 1976? A few exist today and are likely to be considered "priceless" by fans and the current owners. the Apple ii is now so rare that prices are going upwards. if boxed, you might have to pay thousands to a lucky owner. in February 2008 an Apple iic (compact) - the fourth Apple ii model from 1984 - sold, unopened, on eBay in the US for $2,553.

Real Deal thoUgh it is a gamble, it might well be worth hanging on to an iPad and keeping it in truly mint condition. Sales have already proven it to be a monumental success - so in decades to come the very first model will be cherished and admired. if you have a first iPod or iPhone with box, do not sell it. My advice would be to treat it as a little family heirloom as i suggest that it will be valuable in years to come, much as the first phones, mobiles, radios and tVs have now become today.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 1, 2010
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