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The Apple Computer Company as it was known back then, was founded on April 1st 1976 and sold its first Apple 1 computer in July 1976 for $666.66.

The Apple Computer Company as it was known back then, was founded on April 1st 1976 and sold its first Apple 1 computer in July 1976 for $666.66.



Apple Computer Company original logo

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The Apple 1 computer came with a MOS Technologies 6502 microprocessor, up to 8K bytes of RAM, and ran on the Apple 1 BASIC operating system. It was the first pre-assembled personal computer to hit the market.

The company produced about 200 units of their historic computer, sold 175 units, and destroyed the rest to make room for the Apple 2.  It is believed that only about 70 Apple 1 computers are still in existence today.




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Charitybuzz Auction house projected to sell this extremely rare Celebration Apple 1 computer for $1m.  I am sure this goal seemed pretty doable since it was reported that Apple made up to $234 billion in revenue last year.
 
Auction house Bonhams was credited with selling a rare working version of the Apple 1 computer for $905,000 making this the highest-grossing Apple 1 computer..


 
Working Apple 1 Computer that sold for $905,00

Photo Source: Bonhams
 
 
Here is what $905,00 bought at the Bonhams auction.

APPLE 1 COMPUTER.
  • Apple 1 Motherboard, with label "Apple Computer 1 / Palo Alto. Ca. Copyright 1976."
  • Circuit board with four rows A-D, and columns 1-18
  • MOS Technologies 6502 microprocessor, labeled MCS 6502 1576
  • Keyboard interface and connector
  • 8K bytes RAM in 16-pin 4K memory chips
  • 4 power supplies including 3 capacitors; firmware in PROMS (A1, A2); low-profile sockets on all integrated circuits; inked "01-0070" on underside
  • Heatsink; expansion connector
  • Cassette board connector
  • Original cassette interface, approximately 15 x 9 x 2 1/2 inches

Sources: BBC News, Charitybuzz, Bonhams





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