This isn’t the first time we’ve talked about a prototype of the glorious Apple-1 going up for auction, the first computer produced by Apple when only Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak worked on it in an anonymous garage at 2066 Crist Drive in Los Altos, Santa Clara County, but the model preparing to be sold is truly special.
Apparently, the Apple-1 in question was not just one of the many that were marketed, but a device that belonged to Steve Jobs himself and as such it could reach record numbers never reached to date by units in the same production batch. Let’s try to reconstruct the history of this device, which, as you will see in the following picture, is not really in good condition and shows some damage on the card.
The Apple-1 in question was assembled from scratch by Steve Wozniak back in 1976, and the Apple Computer A printed circuit that you can see above was used by Steve Jobs himself to demonstrate the potential of this machine to the first partner store, the famous Byte Shop in Mountain View, the first to market the original Apple-1 devices produced.
It was after the historic meeting that the store ordered 50 total machines to sell at the diabolical price of $666.66. Steve Terrell, the owner of the store, also had a fundamental role in the fate of the company, and to better understand this concept, it is good to tell a small anecdote.
Wozniak and Jobs conceived the Apple-1 as part of a do-it-yourself kit aimed at a more savvy, self-build audience, but Terrell explicitly requested that we produce complete and functional devices, and perhaps that was just that choice. to push the newborn California company in the right direction.
The owner of The Byte Shop also took a number of photos of the first devices, which first appeared in 2012 in the magazine Time Magazinewhich will be combined with the model ready to go to auction.
We are standing in front of the machine marked with the number 2, which is the one believed to have been lost until the approval of the expert, Corey Cohen, arrived. As foreseen above and clearly visible even to the naked eye, the prototype in question has suffered damage to the motherboard and the description of RR Acutions is very clear in this regard.
This prototype lived in the “Apple Garage” property for many years before being given away by Steve Jobs to its current owner some 30 years ago. but as something to recycle (…) Many of the integrated circuits were pulled out of their sockets, as well as the microprocessor and other components, presumably for use on early production Apple-1 computers.
The board appears to have been damaged by pressure at the top right, causing a crack running from the area next to the power supply above D12 down through the bottom of the board to the right of A15. The missing piece is believed to have been discarded, but it can be rediscovered thanks to the photographs by Paul Terrell of the complete map. One of the distinguishing features of the “Apple Computer A” prototype was the use of three orange Sprague Atom capacitors instead of the familiar “Big Blue” capacitors used on the production Apple Computer 1.
The auction is currently open and has already reached $150,000 at the time of writing, but forecasts indicate that $500,000 can be exceeded with great ease. But there is plenty of time, in fact the deadline is August 19th, and all of you who have the financial means to try and get your hands on it can follow the link in the source and participate. Good luck