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The prototype Apple Computer A computer once owned by the late Apple CEO – Steve Jobs is currently being auctioned – with the lowest possible auction winning price of $500,000, made by auction company RR Auction .
This historic computer was once thought to be lost and was only recently found. The device was hand-soldered by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1976 – the exact year of Apple’s founding.
In fact, Apple Computer A is not a cube-shaped device like the personal computers we see today, but just a circuit board with chips and wires – branded with the words embossed. “Apple Computer A 76”.
This “trial” with the highest historical value was ever offered by Steve Jobs to Paul Terrell – owner of The Byte Shop brand, one of the world’s first personal computer stores. And it was Paul Terrell who encouraged Steve Jobs to develop a commercial version of this product instead of just leaving it in the form of messy circuit boards.
The board and the two Apple co-founders plan to sell using the BASIC programming language to interact. Users need to bring their own storage, power supply and keyboard to be able to use.
Steve Jobs initially intended to sell the circuit board for $ 40, but on the advice of Paul Terrell, he developed a complete version of the Apple 1.
The Byte Shop then ordered 50 units for $666.66 each and became the first store in the world to sell Apple 1 computers. It can be said that Terrell was the one who laid the foundation for Apple’s change. — from a small, personalized operation in “Apple Garrage” to the $2.5 trillion tech giant it is today.
Apple Computer A officially went on the auction floor from July 20, and until July 29, it had an auction price of more than $ 400,000. The auction closing date for this product is August 18.
“Few Apple artifacts are considered as rare and of high historical value as this Apple 1 prototype. It’s been in the Apple Garage for years“, said RR Auction. According to the auction organizer, the current owner of the Apple 1 prototype is still unknown, but the unnamed seller said they received the device from Steve Jobs himself about 30 years ago. .
“The Apple Computer A sold at auction matches perfectly with a photo taken by Terrell in 1976 when he was testing the prototype. The device has also been tested and confirmed by Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen as standard” – RR Auction added.
However, based on some images, the Apple 1 prototype is not completely intact, but has lost a piece of the upper right corner that appears to be due to being disassembled. The Polaroid photo from 1976 provided by RR Auction shows that this used to be a complete circuit board.
The Apple Computer A product being auctioned by RR Auction is a seemingly incomplete circuit board.
“The current state of the circuit board showed the decision of Steve Jobs at the time. This prototype is not only simple to store, he says, but can also be reused. He took out a few microchips to use in the early stages of the Apple 1 computer such as microprocessors and other components.“, RR Auction adds.
Several rare Apple-1 computers have been auctioned off in recent years. One of the first Apple-1 computers sold for nearly $1 million in 2014. Another Apple-1 sold in 2013 for more than $600,000. RR Auction also sold a working 2020 Apple-1 for $375,000, $75,000 more than its expected sale price.
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