Apple-1 Computer Signed by Steve Wozniak, fitted with an Apple II power connector and used in the development stage.

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Apple-1 Computer Signed by Steve Wozniak, fitted with an Apple II power connector and used in the development stage.

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Apple-1 Computer Signed by Steve Wozniak, fitted with an Apple II power connector and used in the development stage.
Apple-1 motherboard, Signed ("Woz"), with label "Apple Computer 1 / Palo Alto. Ca. Copyright 1976," with rhombic "NTI" logo below, includes printed circuit board with four rows A-D, and columns 1-18, MOS Technologies 6502 microprocessor, labeled MCS 6502 1177; keyboard interface and connector; 8K bytes RAM in 16-pin 4K memory chips; 3 "Big Blue" Sprague capacitors; firmware in PROMS (A1, A2); low-profile sockets on all integrated circuits; heatsink; CFF1A card in expansion slot; 2 Triad transformers; custom clear acrylic case; overall approximately 15 x 9 x 2½ inches.
WITH:
1. Apple Computer Co. Apple-1 Operation Manual. [1976.] 12 pp including folding schematics. Original wrappers. First edition with 770 Welch Road Suite 154, Palo Alto address.
2. Apple Computer Co. Apple-1 Cassette Interface. [1976.] 4 pp. Original wrappers. With 770 Welch Road, Suite 154 address.
3. Apple Computer Inc. Apple-I Operation Manual. 1977. 14 pp including folding schematics. Stapled with front wrapper. 20863 Stevens Creek Blvd B 3-C, Cupertino address.
4. Apple Computer Inc. Preliminary Apple BASIC User's Manual. 14 pp. Stapled with front wrapper. 20863 Stevens Creek Blvd B 3-C, Cupertino address.
5. Apple Computer Company. Advertisement for Apple-1.
With 770 Welch Road, Suite 154 address.
6. Apple Computer Inc. Product Information. March 1977. 4 pp. Self wrappers.
7. Homebrew Computer Club Newsletter Volume 2, Issue numbers 11-12, 13, 18. 1976-1977.
8. The Michigan Apple-Gram. Volume 1, Numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. May-September, 1979. Publication of the Michigan Apple Computer Club.
* And with: Original cardboard box; Apple III monitor; Apple 1/Apple II replica keyboard; Panasonic RQ-2102 Portable Cassette Recorder; Cassette interface replica kit.
Computer operational as of September 2019.
Provenance: Elmer Baum, Apple Employee #34; Allen J. Baum; A Silicon Valley hardware engineer; #84 on the Apple-1 Registry.

ORIGINAL APPLE-1 IN WORKING CONDITION ORIGINALLY USED TO POWER AN APPLE II PROTOTYPE DURING THE DEVELOPMENT STAGE. SIGNED BY STEVE WOZNIAK ON THE BOARD.

The Apple-1 computer is the first pre-assembled personal computer to come to market, heralding the dawn of the personal computer revolution. Steve Wozniak, in his autobiography, recounts: "I didn't realize it at the time, but that day, Sunday, June 29, 1975, was pivotal. It was the first time in history anyone had typed a character on a keyboard and seen it show up on their own computer's screen right in front of them" (p 166).

The story of its production and sale has become one of the most potent legends in 20th century history. "People who saw my computer could take one look at it and see the future. And it was a one-way door. Once you went through it, you could never go back" (Wozniak p 168).

Wozniak and Steve Jobs demonstrated the breakthrough design at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto. The next day, the ever enterprising Jobs obtained an order from Byte Shop owner Paul Terrell for 50 assembled boards to be delivered in 30 days at $500 apiece. Jobs scrambled to come up with the $15,000 of parts needed and enlisted friends and family in the assembly process. Approximately 200 units were eventually made, although only approximately 74 surviving authentic Apple-1's are listed in the Apple 1 Registry as of January 2019. Although the first Byte Shop order sold extremely well (at a retail price of $666.66), there were at least some remainders from the additional 150 and also many Apple-1s were eventually traded in for Apple IIs.

The present example is from the second batch of boards printed by NTI soon after the first. Despite being printed in greater numbers, the NTI boards are less likely encountered on the market than the first batch. Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen has postulated that more NTI boards were traded to Apple for the Apple II and later ordered destroyed by Steve Jobs. This particular board is fitted with an Apple II power connector. According to a statement by former Apple employee Allen Baum, it was used to test Apple II boards before the production power supplies, famously designed by Rod Holt, were ready. Also, the bridge rectifier diodes are doubled - likely to accommodate the higher current draw of the Apple II. An amazing artifact from the gestational period before Apple's transition from a Silicon Valley startup to a microcomputer powerhouse with sales growing from $775,000 in September 1977 to $118,000,000 three years later.

Wozniak, Steve & Gina Smith. iWoz. NY: 2006; Isaacson, Walter. Steve Jobs. NY: 2011.
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Apple-1 Computer Signed by Steve Wozniak, fitted with an Apple II power connector and used in the development stage.
Apple-1 Computer Signed by Steve Wozniak, fitted with an Apple II power connector and used in the development stage.
Apple-1 Computer Signed by Steve Wozniak, fitted with an Apple II power connector and used in the development stage.
Apple-1 Computer Signed by Steve Wozniak, fitted with an Apple II power connector and used in the development stage.
Apple-1 Computer Signed by Steve Wozniak, fitted with an Apple II power connector and used in the development stage.
Apple-1 Computer Signed by Steve Wozniak, fitted with an Apple II power connector and used in the development stage.
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