Friday, November 12, 2010

Apple's First Computer Sold at Auction for $240,000...

The Apple-1 Computer
Like all mega-companies...there is always a beginning and Apple Inc is no exception.
CEO Steve Jobs started off in his parents' garage back in 1976 building 200 Apple-1 computers by hand. Literally hand-making the cases out of wood and selling them for $666.66....(hhhhmmmmm, that's a peculiar number huh?)
Today, 34 years later the same machine with 8k of memory is going for $240,000 at an auction. The Apple-1 even comes in its original packaging, complete with the instruction manual and even a letter signed by Steve Jobs himself... That's customer service!
It was the first fully pre-assembled computer produced, complete with a 1.0 MHz MOS 6502 processor and an extra cassette interface for read/write capability. It was, essentially, a glorified calculator. And today it's a stunning reminder of how far we've come in just 34 years.



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