There are solely a handful of Apple-1 PCs nonetheless floating round on the market, so it’s not typically they’re up for public sale. As famous by Macrumors, this mannequin specifically is extraordinarily uncommon. It’s been labeled a “first batch” machine. It’s ranked because the seventh machine constructed in keeping with the Apple-1 registry. The public sale web site notes that is the one “first batch” pc that’s been up for public sale in fairly a while. Additionally, it’s the primary Apple-1 ever offered with a serial quantity authenticated to have been written by Steve Jobs. The pc has been verified to be in working situation by Daniel Kottke. He was one of many first Apple workers, and was round once they have been being constructed. The public sale additionally features a copy of the handbook that’s signed by Apple co-founders Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne. Naturally Woz wrote, “Assume totally different!”
Along with the motherboard, which comes and not using a case (these have been the times), it consists of all the unique parts. It features a period-correct energy provide made by Brittany McGannon. There’s additionally a Sanyo VM-4509 monitor, which is a 9″ diagonal monochromatic show. There’s a Datanetics keyboard, and a cassette interface. The public sale web site additionally says it features a Promenade A1, which we expect is a diagnostic card that plugs into the motherboard and might run some utilities. Although the public sale web site notes it is a working pc, it feels like it might be one thing of an journey to truly get it up and operating. It’s type of like a well-heeled Apple hobbyist’s dream come true.
One of many causes these Apple-1 computer systems are so uncommon is lots of them have been destroyed by Jobs and Wozniak themselves. They discontinued the Apple-1 after the Apple-II was launched, and tried to get all of the Apple-1 computer systems to be returned. They even provided particular trade-in offers and reductions to entice earlier consumers. Those that have been returned have been destroyed, and there have been solely about 200 complete ever made, and all have been offered for the value of $666.66. It’s now thought that solely about half of these nonetheless exist.
The final Apple-1 pc to go up for public sale was the “Choffey faculty” mannequin. It went up for public sale in November of final 12 months. It was named after being offered to a professor at mentioned faculty, who offered it to a pupil. That exact PC was solely considered one of six identified to incorporate a Koa Wooden case for the motherboard. It ended up promoting for $500,000 when the mud settled.