Apple-1 in working condition up for bid in auction; price expected to hit over $300,000

Apple-1 in working condition up for bid in auction; price expected to hit over $300,000
The Apple iPhone is Apple's most important product. Even as Apple tries to grow services revenue, the company remains heavily dependent on sales of its iconic smartphone. 42 years ago, when Apple first started, its most important product was its very first. That would be the Apple-1 computer, 200 of which were produced. It is estimated that 60 units still remain.

Next month, a restored, operational Apple-1 will go up for bids at RR Auction. It is estimated that the device, including the Apple-1 board, a keyboard, monitor and the original user manual, will sell for more than $300,000. A complete list of the lot includes:

  • Original Apple-1 board.
  • Original Apple Cassette Interface (ACI).
  • Original Apple-1 Operation Manual.
  • Two original Apple Cassette Interface manuals.
  • A period surplus ASCII keyboard.
  • A period 'open frame' Sanyo 4205 video monitor.
  • A new period-style power supply with original Apple-1 power cable and connector.
  • Period cassette interface cables.
This particular Apple-1 recently was tested and ran for over eight hours without any issues.

From this product, Apple grew into the tech giant that it is today, becoming the first publicly held U.S. company valued at more than $1 trillion. Without the Apple-1, there would have been no iPhone, and the smartphone industry would look a lot different today. That makes the Apple-1 an important part of history; the device also helped launch the personal computer industry.

The auction starts with pre-live bidding from September 13th to September 24th, with the live bidding taking place on September 25th. If you want to own a unique conversation piece, click on the sourcelink below.


source: RRAuction via CNET

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3 Comments

1. iushnt

Posts: 3153; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

“Without the Apple-1, there would have been no iPhone, and the smartphone industry would look a lot different today.”, I guess the industry was already heading this direction with or without Apple.

2. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Wait.... "Without Apple-1, smartphone industry would look a lot different today".... Wow! That's a bold statement Alan... Anyway, I recognize what Steve Jobs did and what Apple did for the smartphone industry and who knows what would have been if iPhone was not intruduced back then. Probably, symbian and blackberry OS are still major player in smartphone OS today. However, I find it ridiculous when people pay for old tech which can no longer use for todays standard. Tech isn't like jewelry or old cars which you can restore and serve thesame or better purpose for the current standard. Good article by the way. It's good to know that there are still Apple -1 working today.

3. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 192; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

To be fair, Apple were second to market with a touchscreen tablet-shaped phone, so that obviously means they led the way when you're in iReality.

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