The Apple 1 is a little piece of history, the first in a lineage that's taken the world by storm since its birth in 1976. And that piece of history is worth a lot. An anonymous collector just picked up a still functioning(!) one of the suckers at auction for a cool $671,400. And you thought gaming PCs were expensive.
In 1976, Apple products were far from the thin, glossy blades they are today. Apple's humble beginnings started with the Apple I, hand-built by Steve Wozniak himself, and sold for $666.66. When Paul Terrell, owner of the Byte Shop, purchased 50 of the machines for sale way back then, he took a few pictures with his…
One of the original 200 Apple Is from 1976 sold at auction yesterday at Christies of London, for £130,000—the equivalent of $213,000. It's only in kit form, so the winning bidder must build his own case if he wants to actually use it. Check out our very own Brian "Barry" Barrett on NPR talking about this, here. [BBC]
Once upon a time, Apple computers didn't come with keyboards or monitors or even cases. But they often came with a personal letter from Steve Jobs, like the one included with this Apple I, now available starting at $50,000.
In our kick-off excerpt from the gorgeous coffee table book Core Memory, photographed by Mark Richards and written by John Alderman, we learn of the Cinderella-like beginning of the Apple saga.
College Humor is running a parody of Steve in Keynote mode, we know it isn't the first or won't be the last, but it has some of the Steve's actions, crowd reactions and the overall atmosphere pretty much down to perfection. On top of all that, it does a good job at making us laugh—just look at the damn product…