Steve Jobs’ Apple1 prototype up for auction

The original Apple1 prototype, owned by the late Steve Jobs, is heading up for auction. This is one of the original devices sold personally by Steve Wozniak.

It may be one of the most popular Apple1 computers sold to date and is expected to cost around $500,000.

The historical example of the early prototype computer that started it all is Steve Jobs’ own prototype Apple1 computer, handsoldered by Steve Wozniak on a unique “Apple Computer A” circuit board. In 1976, Jobs used this prototype to demonstrate the Apple1 to Paul Terrell, owner of The Byte Shop in Mountain View, California, one of the world’s first personal computer stores. The demonstration led to the first major order for Apple Computer and changed the course of the company: what Jobs and Woz had conceived as part of a $40 doityourself kit for hobbyists, turned into a fully assembled personal computer for sale at Terrell’s request. priced at $666.66. Wozniak later put Terrell’s order to buy fifty Apple1s into perspective: “It was the biggest episode in the entire history of the company. Nothing in the following years was so great and so unexpected.

The board was matched against Polaroid photographs taken by Paul Terrell in 1976 showing the prototype in use, first published by Time magazine in 2012, and also covered by Achim Backe of the Apple1 registry. This Apple1 prototype, number 2 on the Apple1 registry and until recently considered “lost”, was examined and confirmed in 2022 by Apple1 expert Corey Cohen. It is accompanied by a thirteenpage notarized report by Cohen.

More information about the Apple1 computer prototype auction can be found on the auctioneer’s website at the link below.

Source and image: RR Auction

Filed Under: Apple, Technology News

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