Custom Steve Jobs MacBook Pro Retina Goes On Auction Block for $12,000
Uncover, a laptop customization company based in the Netherlands, has created the ultimate MacBook Pro for the Steve Jobs faithful, at a price that many among the Steve Jobs faithful will probably still be willing to meet.
The MacBook Pro Retina in question has 16 GB of RAM and 768 GB of solid-state drive storage. On the customization front, it has a jet black finish with the Apple logo altered to be the version featuring Jobs’ silhouette. The bottom will be engraved with a quote from Steve Jobs, which reads,
When you grow up you, tend to get told that the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world, try not to bash into the walls too much, try to have a nice family, have fun, save a little money. That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader, once you discover one simple fact, and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use. Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.
Three of these custom MacBooks will be sold on online auction site eBid. The auction started at €9,500, or about $12,300, but has since gone up to €11,000, or about $14,281. The auction is slated to end tomorrow.
All of the money made from the auctions will be split up between two charities – Get It Done and SellanApp. The former is sort of like a Kickstarter for social welfare projects around the world. The latter, SellanApp, stretches the limits of the concept of charity – it’s a fund that is used to create apps out of good ideas that people have. Sometimes, that means something socially beneficial – aids for music education, for example. Another example on the site is of an app for finding and rating good coffee shops, and I’m not so sure that really falls into the domain of charity, especially when all apps created through the site are for iOS only. You’ll probably want to poke around both sites to make sure you feel totally comfortable with any money you might spend going to either place, because I’m starting to think it’s getting a little too easy to say “It’s for charity!”
Charity aside, if you want what will essentially be the centerpiece of your Apple shrine, get to bidding. Or, more likely, just make sure you’re at your computer for the last few minutes of the auction.