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Apple-1: The Most Expensive Apple Computer

Ray Arnab / June 15, 2013

The world has been in a frenzied race for speed and accelerated technological developments. But the past years of glorious technological advancement and development is still something to be proud of. One of such firsts is Apple 1 computer, which possibly is the most expensive Apple computer right now, thanks to a 671,400 USD being paid for one of its working models. That definitely may seem to be a huge amount of money to pay for an out of date piece of electronic machine, that can’t even run a software properly and don’t even come with its own keyboard or display unit.

Apple 1 is one of the first computers built by Steve Wozniak. The Apple co-founder is reported to have hand assembled the Apple 1 computers. According to popular legends Steve Wozniak sold his HP-65 calculator and Steve Jobs his VW Capmervan to finance the construction of Apple 1. Steve Wozniak designed and assembled Apple 1 by hand and Steve Jobs went on to market them in 1976. They went on to produce around 200 pieces of Apple 1 before introducing Apple 2. Apple II became a groundbreaking computer device and a hugely popular one around the world. Out of the few hundred manufactured only a handful of Apple I remains in working condition. According to legends these first batch of Apple 1 were assembled by Steve Wozniak in their family garage.

Apple I which is the predecessor of Apple II, considered and regarded as a special computer. It paved way for the first commercially viable personal computer, and revolutionised the world of personal computer. Apple I became the first preassembled computer, and was sold for a marked price of $666.66.

The Apple 1 had a memory of 4KB and was expandable up to 48KB. The CPU was a 1MHz one, and users had to supply their own keyboard and also a monitor. Mostly television sets used to work as a monitor. Apple 1 was more like an assembled circuit board that contained about 60 chips give or take a few.

The costliest Apple computer is possibly the one working Apple 1 that was sold for a price of 671,400 USD to an anonymous buyer in an auction recently. There are also reports of some Apple 1 selling for 640,000 USD. Some of the other pieces are available at a price of 15,000 USD to 25,000 USD but these ones seem to be not in working conditions.

One of the original Apple 1 was sold at Christie’s in London back in 2010 for a price of around 210,000 USD. Surely Apple 1 is one of the costliest computers in the world and definitely one of the costliest Apple computers.

The latest Apple 1 that has hit the costliest deal of 671,400 USD is said to the most expensive Apple computer. According to reports the Apple 1 has the signature of creator Steve Wozniak’s signature also. The computer is also one of the few functional models that exist. The costliest Apple 1 that was sold for a price of 671,400 USD to an unknown buyer was also accompanied with an old business transaction letter from Steve Jobs.

Surely Apple 1 is worth the price and worth the glory to be the world’s most expensive Apple Computer, as this machine became the first step of becoming what Apple is today.

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