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Original Apple-1 Computer, 1976
"An iconic example of Apple's first product, with provenance from the original owner and an archive of historic documents. – Serial no. 01-0073, matte-green Apple-1 motherboard with gold-plated white ceramic 6502 microprocessor produced in week 15/1976; 6820 ceramic Peripheral Interface Adapter (PIA); full set of time-period-correct chips date-marked 1975–1976; time-period-correct capacitors; original cassette interface card for loading Apple-1 BASIC programming language; custom-written modern BASIC software demo program cassette with ""Apple 30th Anniversary Graphics Demo""; keyboard; Sanyo VM-4209 9-inch monitor; power supply and time-period-correct cassette player. – Condition: Apple-1 (No. 01-0073), motherboard and cassette interface are in complete and fully working condition as shown in accompanying link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTgyll6IqJY. – The computer is able to read BASIC I from the cassette and accept commands via the keyboard. The rack-mount case that housed the motherboard for most of its working life was removed for testing purposes and servicing prior to auction. While the period redwood-mounted keyboard, cassette and power supply are not in working condition, fully-functional peripherals as well as the rack-mount are supplied as part of the sale. – Only 200 examples of the Apple-1 were ever produced and, of these, only a handful are known to have survived in operating condition. Provenance: Offered by the original owner, John D., a software engineer from Berkeley, California. – Accompanying documents: An archive of original documentation: Receipt for purchase of Apple, 4 K + cassette for $ 692.25 on 30 November 1976. – Apple-1 operation manual with Isaac Newton trademark. – Apple-1 Cassette Interface Manual with Isaac Newton trademark. – Photostat of typed preliminary manual, dated 10/1976. – Associated material: Letter to John D. from Apple Inc. customer service department, April 2. 1979. – John D.'s business license, 1977. – Circuit diagrams (Cherry Electrical Products Corp.), handwritten comments and notes of telephone conversations with Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, mostly 1977. – Three duplicate brochures for Apple II, ""the personal computer"", 1977. History and development of Apple-1: In April 1976 three young entrepreneurs – Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne – founded the Apple Computer Co. to sell a new kit-form personal computer, which was nothing less than the first ready-to-use PC. Although the Apple-1 was not the earliest of the first generation PCs, it captured computer users' interest in an unprecedented way. From home-grown origins in the family garage, Apple Inc. has developed into the world's largest publicly traded corporation. The Apple-1 personal computer was its first and most iconic product. – Apple-1 was one of the first PCs with integrated graphics functionality and keyboard connection. As the computer did not have an operating system, but a so-called 'monitor program' that provided the interface between keyboard entry, memory and video display, more sophisticated software system such as Basic had to be loaded via cassette. – The cassette-interface card was offered by Apple as an optional extra. Peripheral equipment such as power pack and cassette recorder were supplied by the user. The redwood-mounted keyboard and rack-mount for the motherboard seen here are a typical indication of the way Apple's first users customized their machines. – The first fifty Apple-1 computers were supplied to the ""Byte Shop"", a pioneering computer retail chain opened by Paul Terrel of Mountview, California, in 1975. Terrel, who already knew of Steve Jobs through the ""Homebrew Computer Club"" in Silicon Valley, purchased a batch of 50 units for $ 500 a piece in April 1976. Terrel was quick to realize that the new breed of computer users desired a functioning computer and not simply a kit. – It was also said to be Terrel's suggestion of combining the image of an apple with the Byte Shop's first slogan ""Byte into an Apple"" that prompted Wozniak and Jobs to discontinue Ron Wayne's original pen-and-ink drawing of Sir Isaac Newton under an apple tree already early in 1977. The launch of the Apple II in June 1977 coincided with the introduction of Rob Janoff's instantly recognizable logo that is still in use today. The computer offered here is accompanied by an original manual with Isaac Newton motif as well as a photostat of a rare typed preliminary manual with an appeal to the user: ""This is a PRELIMINARY manual. It will, most likely, contain errors, incorrect wordings, etc. Your efforts in noting these areas of improvement will be greatly appreciated"". John D.'s handwritten notes provide an additional insight into the early history of Apple Inc. Like many of Apple's first customers, John was a computer enthusiast on personal terms with the fledgling company and he even kept notes of his telephone calls with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. It was after consultation with Wozniak that John added some of the red wires on the back of the motherboard to reduce noise immunity. He also added the blue-socketed chips (in the 'breadboard' area) to support a specific keyboard interface. – Particularly illuminating was a conversation with Wozniak on March 11, 1977. ""He (Wozniak) feels that their editor has more 'bells and whistles' than mine and likes that fact"". The allure of a new editor led John to approach Apple's customer service department and request a credit towards an upgrade to Apple II, a company policy that encouraged users to keep up-to-date with the new technology and, just as importantly, kept Wozniak's telephone line free. According to Apple historian Mike Willegal, the credit offered was ""not a great deal"" and the owner still had to pay around $ 400 towards the Apple II. – The upgrade policy, in place for around 1 ½ years, seems to have changed early on in 1977 as John's request was declined in April of that year. A typed reply of April 2, 1977 (included in this lot) from the customer service department states: ""I have no information regarding a trade-in on your Apple-1. I would suggest that you check with your local dealer and see if he offers any program like that"". References: Apple-1. (no. 01-0073) is the fourteenth documented example in Mike Willegal's Apple-1 Registry: http://www.willegal.net/appleii/apple1-originals.htm; http: //www.cultofmac.com/457420/byte-shop-opens-tiah. – Bob Luther (2013), ""The First Apple"". To date, few fully-operational Apple-1 sets have appeared at auction. These include: Auction Team Breker, Cologne: 1) 24 November 2012, Lot 20, for € 491,868/$ 639,428 – 2) 25 May 2013, Lot 14, for € 516,461/$ 671,400 – 3) 16 November 2013, Lot 22, for € 245,934/$ 332,000. – Bonhams New York: 1) 22 October 2014, Lot 286, for $ 905,000 – 2) 21 September 2015, Lot 77, for $ 365,000. – Christie's King Street: 1) 23 November 2010, Lot 65, for £ 133,250 – 2) Christie's Rockefeller Centre, 11 December 2014, Lot 34, for $ 365,000. The set offered here is an iconic example of Apple's first product and a milestone in the development of the PC. The computer's excellent provenance and original archival material provide unparalleled access to the early history of Apple Inc.

Original Apple-1 Computer, 1976
Nr. 01-0073, mattgrüne Apple-1-Hauptplatine, weißer Keramik-Mikroprozessor 6502, Herstellungsdatum 15. Kalenderwoche 1976, peripherer Schnittstellenadapter 6820 (PIA), komplette Bestückung mit aus der Zeit stammenden Chips (datiert 1975–1976) und Kondensatoren, Original-Kassetten-Interface-Karte zum Laden der Apple-1-Basic-Programmiersprache, individuell geschriebene moderne BASIC-Softwareprogramm-Kassette mit ""Apple 30th Anniversary Graphics Demo""; Tastatur, Sanyo-Monitor VM-4209 9 in., Netzteil und passender Kassettenrekorder. – Zustand: Der Computer Apple-1 mit der Serien-Nr. 01-0073, die Hauptplatine und die Schnittstelle sind komplett und befinden sich in funktionierendem Zustand. Er ist in der Lage, BASIC 1 von der Kassette zu laden, und nimmt die über die Tastatur eingegebenen Befehle an. Der Montagerahmen, in dem die Hauptplatine für seinen Arbeitseinsatz montiert wurde, ist für Testzwecke und Photoaufnahmen entfernt worden. Die verwendete Original-Tastatur, der Kassettenrekorder und das Netzteil sind nicht mehr funktionsfähig. Es werden jedoch funktionierende Peripheriegeräte als auch der Montagerahmen mitgeliefert. – Nur 200 Apple-1-Computer wurden hergestellt, von diesen befindet sich nur noch eine Handvoll in funktionierendem Zustand. Provenienz: John D., Software-Entwickler aus Berkeley, Kalifornien. – Begleitdokumente: Kaufbeleg über Apple, 4K + Kassette vom 30. November 1976 über 692,25 $. – Apple-1-Bedienungsanleitung mit Isaac-Newton-Firmenzeichen. – Apple-1-Schnittstellen-Handbuch mit Isaac-Newton-Firmenzeichen. – Fotokopie der vorläufigen Bedienungsanleitung, datiert 10/1976. – Brief der Apple-Inc.-Kundendienstabteilung an John D., datiert 2. April 1979. – Gewerbeerlaubnis von John D., datiert 1977. – Schaltpläne (Cherry Electrical Products Corp.). – Handgeschriebene Notizen und Kommentare von Telephongesprächen mit Steve Wozniak und Steve Jobs, zumeist aus dem Jahr 1977. Das hier angebotene Set ist eine herausragende Version des ersten Apple-Produkts und ein Meilenstein in der Entwicklung des Computers. Die hervorragende Provenienz des Computers und das Original-Archivmaterial bieten einen unvergleichlichen Zugang zur frühen Geschichte der Apple Inc. Referenzen: Apple-1. No. 01-007314 ist das 14. dokumentierte Modell in Mike Willegals Apple-1 Registry. http://www.willegal.net/appleii/apple1-originals.htm; http://www.cultofmac.com/457420/byte-shop-opens-tiah/

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Original Apple-1 Computer, 1976

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