For those who ever wished to personal a bit of laptop historical past, now’s your likelihood. There may be at present what’s billed as a working Apple-1, a mannequin from the primary line of computer systems launched by the corporate in 1976, up on the market on eBay. It’s not precisely low cost although, and can set you again a very good $1.5 million.
The Apple-1 is a extremely sought-after uncommon piece of memorabilia for Apple followers. Even the origin story attracts you in. In accordance with Cult of Mac, the computer systems had been designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak, and had been bought wholesale by Steve Jobs. In an effort to pay the manufacturing prices, Wozniak bought his HP-65 calculator and Jobs bought his Volkswagen van.
The Apple-1 up on the market on eBay, which the vendor claims has a certificates of authenticity from the Apple-1 Registry, is particular as a result of it’s reportedly one of many 50 bought to Byte Store, one of many first private laptop shops. The product itemizing states that the Apple-1 is in its authentic Byte Store KOA wooden case and likewise consists of its authentic energy provide and Datanetics Model D keyboard.
The vendor, who goes by krishmiti, states that the Apple-1 is an unmodified NTI board in nearly excellent situation. The bundle additionally features a interval Sony TV-115 and a video modulator. (Per Cult of Mac, customers had so as to add their very own keyboard and monitor, or use a TV set for the latter).
Now, let’s speak about this technological dinosaur’s specs. It had an 8-bit MOS 6502 microprocessor that ran at 1 MHz. When it comes to reminiscence, it included 4KB by default, however that may very well be elevated to 8KB or 48KB utilizing growth playing cards. Solely 200 Apple-1 computer systems, in addition to just a few pre-production boards, had been made. Their beginning worth was $666.66.
A long time later, these units fetch far greater costs. In 2010, an Apple-1 laptop in its authentic packaging with a letter signed by Jobs sold for $210,000. In the meantime, in 2014, an Apple-1 laptop bought at public sale for $905,000, which is the very best recognized worth anybody has paid for a classic Apple laptop so far, though this vendor clearly needs to interrupt that document.
There may be solely a small quantity of Apple-1s in existence at this time, partially as a result of age, in accordance with Cult of Mac. Apple additionally let consumers commerce of their Apple-1s for the Apple II, which grew to become the corporate’s first mass-market laptop.
This isn’t the primary time krishmiti has tried to promote his Apple-1. He tried to promote it for $1.75 million in 2019, however presumably didn’t get any takers since he took the value down a notch. Is an Apple-1 value $1.5 million? We might discover out quickly.