In 2008, I picked up an Apple Bluetooth headset for my wife's iPhone 3G. Come to think of it, I don't think I put up a blog post for it. Strange. In any case, here it is...
It turns out that it's actually the second release. It was $99 bucks. All you got was the headset and a charging cable. I didn't know until years later that Apple had released a prior version in 2007 to accompany the first generation iPhone. That unit came in an iPhone-sized box with a charging cable and a dock. It was $129.
I found the dock on eBay almost a year ago, but I couldn't find a gen 1 headset to go with it.
I really wanted one in the box. I kept my eye on eBay for the longest time, but I either found them loose, or the ones in the box were way too expensive. Some cost more than the original price. Paying $130+ for a 7-year old headset seemed a little crazy. I wouldn't say they were old enough to be considered vintage, or collectors' items. Then again, people see Apple logos and they think they can charge an arm and a leg.
Luckily, last week I scored one on the cheap for only $34 bucks. Reason being? It's missing the dock. I didn't mind since I already had the correct dock for it. So now I have a complete set, and I didn't pay through the nose for it.
It did, however, come with the travel cable. It looks like it has never been used.
It even came with the documentation and an extra foam cover.
I popped it in the charger along with my gen 1 iPhone and let them sit for a few hours. It’s very cool how the iPhone is aware of the headset and displays the battery charge onscreen. I didn’t even have to pair them. They connected automatically.
Here’s a screenshot of that so you can take a closer look.
Very cool. Another rare Apple item that came and went in a matter of a few years. None of the noobs even know it existed. I wonder how much it’ll be worth in another 10 years!