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This iPod prototype was hiding Apple’s unreleased Tetris clone

iPod third generation with four buttons above the wheel, close up of screen playing a Tetris game
Stacker for iPod is a Tetris clone that never made it to retail models. | Image: Apple Demo

YouTuber Apple Demo has found a prototype third-generation iPod that contains a game called Stacker, which never made it to retail models. In addition to Apple’s own version of Tetris, the engineering sample iPod also came loaded with other unreleased titles, including games called Block0 and Klondike, as noted by Engadget.

On the back of the prototype iPod, a “DVT” (Design Validation Testing) label is etched where the storage capacity normally goes, which, Apple Demo explains indicates it was from the middle stage of development. Two songs still in its storage and a helpfully-named playlist suggest this device was used for battery testing.

After some tinkering and transplanting the internal hard disk into a second-generation iPod Apple…

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