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This legendary Apple computer could cost up to $500,000 | Digital trends

This legendary Apple computer could cost up to $500,000 |  Digital trends
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Now you can own a key piece of Apple history, and it’s even signed by Steve Wozniak himself, as long as your wallet can bear the price.

The legendary Apple-1 computer, first assembled by Wozniak and Steve Jobs in the Jobs family garage, is now up for auction. It is functional, fully equipped and in near new condition. The problem? It could reach a price of around $500,000 by the time the auction ends June 12.

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Apple-1 is the first computer created by Apple in 1976. Only 200 of them were made before the company upgraded to Apple II, and of those 200, very few remain. That number gets even smaller when you consider the fact that this Apple-1 computer is in working condition, has been professionally restored, and bears the signature of Apple founder Steve Wozniak. All of this put together should come at an extremely high price, as what we see here is a real gem and a piece of computing history.

The computer, currently in the possession of the AAPL collection, awaits its new owner in Dubai, but can be shipped worldwide. This computer is known as the “Schlumberger 2” Apple-1 due to the fact that it was originally sold to an oil service company called Schlumberger Overseas in 1977. It is from the second batch of Apple computers -1 and is probably one of the last that was assembled in the Jobs family garage in late 1976 or early 1977.

The Apple-1 was the first personal computer with a fully assembled motherboard, and this model’s motherboard is in surprisingly good condition with virtually no flaws. The auctioned machine retains most of its original components. The Apple-1 doesn’t come with a case, and neither does this one. Instead, the green motherboard is proudly displayed atop the Brazilian walnut wood slab on which each component is mounted. It also sports the white ceramic Synertek 6502 microprocessor, signed by Wozniak in 2021.

Besides the computer itself, the auction includes all the vintage goodies that help it run. The lucky buyer will also receive a Sanyo monitor, a Panasonic tape recorder, a replica of the Apple-1 Cassette interface and a Cherry keyboard. In addition to these devices, the auction winner will also receive a photocopy of the Apple-1 Operator’s Manual as well as some vintage magazines with articles written by Steve Jobs.

The fact that the monitor and keyboard are all external add-ons isn’t shocking at all. The first Apple-1 computer was sold without a case, keyboard or monitor. There was not even a power supply. It was originally priced at $666.66 and only around 175 units were sold. With the introduction of the Apple II, the price of the first device fell to just $475. Needless to say, this eBay listing won’t be nearly as cheap.

Right now, the price sits at $100,000, with around 70 bids already placed. However, as The AAPL Collection notes, similar devices have sold for far more than that fairly recently. The average price, based on six sales that took place between May 2019 and May 2022, sits at a whopping $527,715. A similar model sold in November 2021 for $500,000. Considering this Apple-1 computer is fully operational (as seen in the video above) and in excellent condition, the price could still skyrocket from what’s currently on offer.

If you want to learn a little more about the Apple-1 and view high-res images of the computer, be sure to check out the list directly at eBay. This one-of-a-kind piece of Apple history is certainly not going to come at a discount, but admiring it from afar is sure to appreciate how far technology has come in recent decades, especially with WWDC 2022 coming next week and every new releases from apple what it could bring.

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