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Specialist's Notes

One of roughly 200 Apple®-1 computers produced by the fledgling Apple Computer Company starting in 1976. Designed by Steve Wozniak and hand-built in Steve Jobs's parents' garage, the Apple-1 was the first step in Apple's long-term success in the personal computing world.

The Apple-1, originally priced at $666.66 for the motherboard without keyboard, transformer, or video display, was quickly eclipsed by Wozniak's second creation, the Apple II (released April 1977); Apple actively encouraged Apple I owners to trade-in their machines for the new model, reportedly so they would not have to support the older machines.

This particular unit appears to have been among the first 25 produced since it does not have a diamond NTI logo (the PCB manufacturer) etched into the front copper layer. The 'serial number' on the reverse (believed to have been written by the original retailer, the Byte Shop) tends to support this.

The date code on the 6402 processor is '1576,' suggesting that particular chip was manufactured in the 15th week of 1976, i.e. early April.

  • Estimate

    USD 300,000.00 - 500,000.00

  • Description

    APPLE COMPUTER COMPANY, 1976
    An Apple®-1 Personal Computer

    An Apple®-1 motherboard, numbered 01-0025 on the reverse in black ink,
    Apple Computer 1 Palo Alto Ca. Copyright 1976
    etched on obverse, signed 'Woz' in black ink on breadboard area,
    with four rows of components labeled A-D and columns 1-18, three large
    filter capacitors, heatsink on +5V regulator, all ICs socketed, MOS
    6502 processor marked MOS MCS 6502 1576 in white ceramic package,
    cassette board connector, 8k DRAM memory, firmware in two 256 x 4 PROMs.
    With: facsimile manual, print of schematics, signed photograph, aftermarket keyboard, and replica unit
    15.5in. (39.4cm.) x 9in. (22.9cm.)

  • Lot Notes

    PROVENANCE

    From a private collection

  • Condition Report

    Light marks, scratches, faded coloration, and signs of general wear consistent with age. Please note given the age of the electronics we cannot guarantee the functioning electrical integrity of this lot. This equipment has been working but nonetheless we suggest the buyer contact a certified computer engineer before using the device.

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