APPLE II, REV 0 Original Apple II Personal Computer, 1977, serial number 1134, with Disk II floppy disc drive

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APPLE II, REV 0
Original Apple II Personal Computer, 1977, serial number 1134, with Disk II floppy disc drive

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APPLE II, REV 0
Original Apple II Personal Computer, 1977, serial number 1134, with Disk II floppy disc drive in original box with original Disk II interface card together in original box with original manual stamped in red "Preliminary," and also with the original power supply (currently non-functioning), serial number 0724, Apple II Reference Manual dated January 1978, Contact, the User Group Newsletter, issues 1-6, May 1978-October 1979, and with two mailing pouches of additional RAM.

HERALD OF THE PERSONAL COMPUTER REVOLUTION.

The Apple II, released two months before the TRS-80, was one of the first successful attempts to make a personal computer for the consumer market. Steve Wozniak designed the system around the MOS Technology 6502 microprocessor and it was able to display high-resolution color graphics, had sound, game paddles, was expandable, had an innovative switching power supply, was fitted with a high-quality keyboard and it included Wozniak's Integer BASIC on the ROM. The Apple I was the first personal computer that could use a monitor and a keyboard, but "the Apple II was the first low-cost computer which, out of the box, you didn't have to be a geek to use" (Wozniak p 188). Of course, Steve Jobs' influence is seen in the handsomely designed case, the layout of the board, even the power supply. "Job's father had once taught him that a drive for perfection meant caring about the craftsmanship even of the parts unseen. Jobs applied that to the layout of the circuit board inside the Apple II. He rejected the initial design because the lines were not straight enough" (Isaacson p 74).

It wasn't long before small companies sprang up creating games and other software for the Apple II and were trailed by a host of companies creating expansion boards to fill its 8 slots. "Within a year a whole Apple II industry sprang up with dozens and dozens of companies of little guys..." (Wozniak p 210).
The Apple II drive and what many consider Steve Wozniak's greatest achievement, his floppy disk controller considerably improved the usability of the computer. It was this combined with the "killer app" VisiCalc, which was issued only on diskette, that transported personal computing from a hobby to a powerful tool for business.
Steve Wozniak explains: "From 1,000 units a month, suddenly we went to 10,000 a month. Good god, it happened so fast. Through 1978 and 1979 we just got more and more successful.
By 1980 we were the first company to sell a million computers. We were the biggest initial public offering since Ford. And we made the most millionaires in a single day in history up to that point.
I believe the whole reason for this was the combination of the Apple II, VisiCalc, and the floppy disk" (Wozniak p 220).
This example of the Apple II includes ventilation slots. Users saw overheating issues almost immediately and within 3 months of production ventilated cases were being produced and were offered as replacements at no charge. Most Rev 0 Apple II therefore, are found with the ventilated case as here. All of the other early issue points not seen on later revisions of the Apple II are present such as the low serial number, the large prototyping area from A-11 to A-14, no transistor near location F-13, the early power supply and, of course, the 1977 copyright date under the logo on the motherboard.
Isaacson. Steve Jobs. NY: [2011]; Wozniak, Steve. iWoz. NY: [2006].

Saleroom notices

  • Serial number is 862; serial number of motherboard is 1134.
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APPLE II, REV 0 Original Apple II Personal Computer, 1977, serial number 1134, with Disk II floppy disc drive
APPLE II, REV 0 Original Apple II Personal Computer, 1977, serial number 1134, with Disk II floppy disc drive
APPLE II, REV 0 Original Apple II Personal Computer, 1977, serial number 1134, with Disk II floppy disc drive
APPLE II, REV 0 Original Apple II Personal Computer, 1977, serial number 1134, with Disk II floppy disc drive
APPLE II, REV 0 Original Apple II Personal Computer, 1977, serial number 1134, with Disk II floppy disc drive
APPLE II, REV 0 Original Apple II Personal Computer, 1977, serial number 1134, with Disk II floppy disc drive
APPLE II, REV 0 Original Apple II Personal Computer, 1977, serial number 1134, with Disk II floppy disc drive
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