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Bidding will start at $300,000 and is expected to reach as much as a half-million dollars when a rare Apple I computer from 1976 goes up for auction.

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Apple I on display at the Smithsonian. Photo via Wikipedia.


One of the first computers ever built will hit the market next week at legendary art auction house Christie's. The projected sale price was reported on Friday by the Associated Press.

About 200 Apple I machines were made, but most no longer exist. Estimates peg the current number of original Apple computers at between 30 and 50.

Just last month, a working Apple I sold for $671,400 in an auction in Germany. That system had the added bonus of being signed by company co-founder Steve Wozniak.

That sale exceeded the previous record of $640,000 for a working Apple I, which came from an auction sale in late 2012. Even individual parts from Apple I machines have proven valuable, as a working Apple I motherboard fetched $375,000 in an auction last June.
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Is it me, or do these "rare" Apple Is seem to be popping up a lot lately?

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$671,400 for a working one? Talk about Apple Tax. At least it doesn't have the screen build-in.
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If it fails to clear $500K, you know the tech media will be all over this with "Is Apple losing its cool?" headlines. Verge and Jizmodo will be stumbling over each other to write the most sensationalist headline.

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If it fails to clear $500K, you know the tech media will be all over this with "Is Apple losing its cool?" headlines. Verge and Jizmodo will be stumbling over each other to write the most sensationalist headline.

Can't wait for Sammy to mock Apple users waiting in line for this auction.
post #6 of 21
I'd pay $500,000 to avoid fragmentation.
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post #7 of 21
Jony Ives should make a video about that design.
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What is crazy is that I remember very well having developed BASIC programs on this HP9830 workstation ... in 1973 if I remember well ...   Apple I was far, very far away from this ... at that time ....

 

 

 

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From Woz himself:
http://www.woz.org/category/tags/hp-9830

 

 

Thanks for the reference. At least HP is still in the pocket calculator business !  (this is why my teenagers kids tell me ...). What a shame for the HP executives of that time !

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These record prices are not to do with Apple's cool, but that interest rates are so low, and gold price has fallen, so people are looking for other places (such as rare art, wine, antiques and collectibles) to store their wealth. Nice time to be an auction house owner...

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It's one of the first Apple computers built, but far from one of the first computers ever built. Get a copy editor!
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It's one of the first Apple computers built, but far from one of the first computers ever built.

The longer they wait to fix it, the truer the statement becomes. You haven't incentivized it very well. lol.gif

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Jony Ives should make a video about that design.

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It bears a striking resemblance to the new Mac Pro, don't you think? Single processor, no slots. It's even more similar to the retina MBP, due to the soldered memory.

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It's one of the first Apple computers built, but far from one of the first computers ever built. Get a copy editor!
 

 

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The longer they wait to fix it, the truer the statement becomes. You haven't incentivized it very well. lol.gif

 

Probably should read "one of the first personal computers built." But either way it shows that history will give Apple its due. The naysayers can ramble on about how Apple didn't invent anything, how Steve Jobs didn't invent anything, how Apple is just a marketing company, how all the stuff credited to Apple existed "years before", and how any feature released in iOS was on Android three years before iOS. Do they actually think repeating this stuff will make it true?

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Probably should read "one of the first personal computers built." But either way it shows that history will give Apple its due. The naysayers can ramble on about how Apple didn't invent anything, how Steve Jobs didn't invent anything, how Apple is just a marketing company, how all the stuff credited to Apple existed "years before", and how any feature released in iOS was on Android three years before iOS. Do they actually think repeating this stuff will make it true?

1. Yes, because it avoids the realisation that so much of what they know isn't so, as in the interminable tiffs over shipped vs sold, and why Apple stole IP from Samsung, etc.

2. A better measure might be found in exploring the auction results of the wide variety of micro-computers available at or before the birth of the Apple I. Someone must be concealing that info in order to pump up the status of the Apple I.

 

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I think those keys are thicker than a MBA :P 

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.... and too it's the 65th anniversary of the Manchester Baby! Who? You should be asking what, as perhaps only a handful of members would know. (I'd never heard of it before today). The computer, tablet or smartphone you're viewing this on owes it's heritage to it.

"...the Manchester Small Scale Experimental Machine – or the Manchester Baby as it’s become know. It’s importance can not be understated as it was the first computer to run a program electronically stored in its memory. (1948!) Before it, computers performed instructions by either hardwired storage media or punch cards that had to be constantly switched out.

...the Manchester Baby’s ability to run programs stored in its memory was due to its novel use of RAM. The machine, which weighed a ton, only had 1,024 bits of memory from which it could execute programs. Of course, its form of RAM isn’t what we’re used to today. Instead, it used a cathode ray tube to store data.

The Baby was only ever experimental, but the work done on it led to the creation of the Ferranti Mark 1. This was the first computer to ever be sold commercially. From there, computers became faster, smaller and even started to take on new forms in smartphones and tablets."

If you have an interest in computer history check out this video on the Manchester Baby's development.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=cozcXiSSkwE

EDIT: We coulda had the CRT Store. Look about 2 minutes into the video.lol.gif
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Here we go one of the original microcomputers the first gen. Made by apple selling for half a million. Almost as much as a 30 min coffee break with Tim Cook.
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It bears a striking resemblance to the new Mac Pro, don't you think? Single processor, no slots. It's even more similar to the retina MBP, due to the soldered memory.

 

Yeah, but wood case? That looks so steampunk...

 

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