In context: In 1976, Steve Jobs used this prototype to show the Apple-1 pc to Paul Terrell, proprietor of one of many first pc shops on this planet. Terrell later positioned a purchase order order for 50 Apple-1s. If the prototype was in higher situation, it may have set a brand new file quantity paid for an Apple-1 pc, which at the moment sits at $905,000.
An nameless collector within the San Francisco Bay Area simply purchased the one identified Apple-1 prototype in existence for $677,196 at an public sale. While we have seen Apple-1 computer systems promote for comparable quantities at auctions earlier than, this one is especially distinctive as it is the prototype Apple co-founder Steve Jobs used as a demo.
The Apple-1 launched in 1976 and was Apple’s first-ever product. It got here with a MOS 6502 CPU operating at 1 MHz, a whopping 4KB of RAM, and an elective cassette interface card that allowed customers to retailer applications on audio cassette tapes. It initially was priced at $666.66 (equal to about $3,460 at this time) as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak reportedly preferred repeating digits. Only about 200 items of the Apple-1 had been ever produced, out of which 62 are nonetheless confirmed to exist.
The prototype has an ‘Apple Computer A’ engraving instead of the standard “Apple Computer 1” label and is alleged to have been hand-soldered by Wozniak. RR Auction stated the Woz’s “uncommon ‘three handed’ approach—wire in a single hand, soldering iron within the different, and solder held in his mouth—is clear within the tight ‘bubbles’ fashioned on the soldered connections.”
According to RR Auction, the prototype sat within the storage of Job’s childhood dwelling (the place he and Wozniak based Apple) for a couple of years earlier than he gave it to an unknown particular person roughly 30 years in the past. Unfortunately, the correct aspect containing the Sprague Atom capacitors broke off sooner or later and was misplaced.
At the identical public sale, a first-generation iPhone sealed within the authentic field offered for $35,414, whereas a 1971 highschool yearbook signed by Jobs went for $28,410.
Back in June, an authentic Apple-1 that had been refurbished to full working order offered for $340,100. The merchandise is alleged to be distinctive because it’s believed to be the one mannequin in existence with Wozniak’s signature on the Motorola 6502 processor.