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  • Original-"Apple-1 Computer", 1976 for sale 20 May 2017

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    This is the sensational 1st product of today's highest-valued company (approx. 600 billion US$). – The "Apple-1" was designed and built by hand by Steve Wozniak in the famous "electronics heaven" of Silicon Valley, California, and was marketed in April 1976 by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs through electronics retail chain, the "Byte Shop", which bought the first 50 units. – The "Apple-1" was always delivered as a motherboard only and is seen here with the very rare original "NTI" sign. The peripheral equipment such as power pack, keyboard, monitor and cassette recorder had to be obtained personally by the user. Apple never offered a housing; every user had to make his own. – The "Apple-1" was the 1st PC ready-to-use in the world with monitor and keyboard access! Only 200 examples of the "Apple-1" were ever made. According to the highly regarded "Apple-1 Registry" by Mike Willegal (www.willegal.net), today there are only 60 (!) sets in existence worldwide, and even fewer (8) still in working order! The current model is “Apple-1” with serial no. 01-0073 and is logged as the 14th in Willegal’s registry. – For our video demonstration of this current model please see YouTube.com/AuctionTeamBreker. - The demo shows the direct input into the WOZ-monitor: The "Apple-1" did not have an operating system, just a so-called "monitor" program which provided the interface between keyboard entry – CPU – memory and monitor exit. Any more sophisticated software system – like "Basic" – had to be loaded on cassettes. Therefore, a cassette-interface-card, offered optionally by Apple, was required. -This present set contains the original card and the original early "6502 micro processor" in rare white ceramic design! "Basic" was available for the "Apple-1" at the beginning of 1977 only. In February 1977 Apple changed its first logo, depicting Isaac Newton under a paradisical apple tree – demonstrating Newton’s law of gravitation - to the one which is still used today. The change was in response to Apple’s first client ‘The Byte Shop’ with their very 1st Apple slogan: “Byte into an Apple” which is much more promotionally effective. The original "Apple-1 Manual" included here still shows the primary logo. The founders chose Isaac Newton as a symbol in recognition of the binary system he was credited with inventing in the 18th century . In fact, this binary system, the basis of today’s digital information technology, had already been discovered and published by German Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz of Leipzig in 1713!! – Also present are original documents from the computer’s first and only owner, including the receipt for the motherboard and cassette interface dated 11/30/1976, an original letter from Apple Customer Service refusing an upgrade to Apple-II and a record of telephone conversations with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. – Examples of “Apple-1” computer in comparable original and working condition were sold by Sotheby’s N.Y. for US$ 374,500.- on 15 July 2012 and on 25 May 2013 by Auction Team Breker in Cologne, Germany for US$ 666,300 (Euro 516,500.-) Show less
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