The Apple VideoPad 2 prototype which had been lost long ago, is all set to go for an auction in November as a part of History of Science and Technology auction by Bonhams which is an international auction house situated in Los Angeles. The rare VideoPad will be set to auction among the other Apple prototypes and Steve Jobs memorabilia. The VideoPad is estimated to sell between $8,000 and $12,000.
The VideoPad 2 was developed between 1993 and 1995 with VideoPad 1 and 3 (which were shown to the public). This PDA prototype was Apple’s next attempt after the predecessor Newton Message Pad. The difference between the Newton Pad and VideoPad 2 being that the latter had a fold-up screen which included a built-in camera which was designed for video conferencing.
However, it was cancelled along with Newton OS after Jobs’ return to the company in 1997. According to Bonhams, it happened after Jobs realised that the technology was not at the level where it would satisfy the customer completely.
The device was produced through the sketches which where drawn by former CEO John Sculley. The design, however, was never shown to the public, but it surely was an early vision for a tablet, but if you closely observe them, you will probably spot a line of difference between it and successful devices like the iPhone and iPad