[COMPUTING]. -- APPLE-1 -- Personal Computer. An Apple-1 motherboard, numbered "01-0083" in black ink on the reverse, printed circuit board with 4 rows A-D and columns 1-18, three capacitors, heatsink, cassette board connector, 4K RAM, keyboard interface, firmware in PROMS, low-profile sockets on all integrated circuits, video terminal, wires and electrical tape to reverse. Palo Alto. Ca. Copyright 1976. Provenance: purchased by the current owner, proprietor of a retail computer store in Northern California, in 1978.
[With:] Apple 1 cassette interface card. --And a facsimile of the operating manual: Apple-1 Operation Manual. Palo Alto: Apple Computer Company, (n.d., but 1976). SIGNED by Steve Wozniak ("Woz").
THE FIRST APPLE COMPUTER, AND THE FIRST PERSONAL COMPUTER WITH A FULLY ASSEMBLED MOTHERBOARD, HERALDING THE HOME COMPUTER REVOLUTION. The original Apple computer, now known as the Apple 1, was realized by the Apple Computer Company in 1976. They were designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak. His friend Steve Jobs suggested a number of improvements, and handled its sale and marketing. Jobs sold his VW, his only mode of transportation, and Wozniak his HP-65 calculator to finance its creation.
Introduced in July 1976 at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, California, the Apple-1 was sold without a casing, power supply, keyboard or monitor. However, because the motherboard was completely pre-assembled, it represented a major step forward in comparison with the competing self-assembly kits of the day. All one needed was a keyboard and an inexpensive television set to operate it. Priced at $666.66, the first Apple-1s were sent from the garage of Steve Jobs' parents' house. It is not clear how many Apple-1s were sold, but by April 1977 the price was dropped to $475, and it continued to be sold through August 1977, despite the introduction of the Apple II in April 1977 (a major advance with integrated keyboard, sound, a plastic case, and eight internal expansion slots). It was officially discontinued by October 1977, after approximately 200 units were produced. A SUPERB EXAMPLE.