What the Apple 1 (that a Woman Just Gave for Recycling) Really Looked Like


An original Apple computer, now known as the Apple 1, which was designed and hand-built in 1976 by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak is shown at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. Photograph: Tony Avelar/EPA

I know it’s everywhere on the Internet now, but I love yesterday’s news about the mystery woman who donated a rare Apple 1 computer to a Silicon Valley recycling firm, when she was cleaning out the garage after her husband died.

As we all now by now, the boxes of computer parts contained a 1976 Apple 1, which the recycling firm sold for $200,000 in a private auction. And since the recycler’s policy is to split the proceeds 50-50 with the person who donated the equipment, a 100,000 USD check is now waiting for her… Will she ever go and fetch it?

This story made us wonder what an Apple 1 could look like in real life. Well, judging by the picture above, it can indeed be easily mistaken for garbage. But check out the more sophisticated options below, and your opinion will change right away. We love this first one with the homemade wooden computer case, but you won’t believe when you see the one in a briefcase below it. Oh, the dawn of computers…


A fully assembled Apple I computer, with a homemade wooden computer case. Source: Wikipedia


Original 1976 Apple 1 Computer in a briefcase. From the Sydney Powerhouse Museum collection. Source: Wikipedia


Introductory advertisement for the Apple I Computer. Source: Wikipedia

via The Guardian, Wikipedia


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