The original Apple computer

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Published on: January 6, 2013

 

Released in 1976, the original Apple 1 computers were hand-built by Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs. Paul Terell, who owned the Byte Shop computer store, paid $25,000 for the first batch of 50 computers. “Steve was a very clever guy,” Terell told FoxNews.com. “That was the seed capital to start Apple.”

 

 

An Apple-1 motherboard, number 82, printed label to reverse, with a few slightly later additions — sold at Christie’s auction house for over $200,000 in 2010.

About 200 units were produced in all, though Terrell only purchased the first 50 at $500 each, for a total of $25,000 — cash on delivery. Apple would release the Apple II in 1977.

Source: Paul Terrell

The Byte Shop, one of the first personal computer retailers, in Mountain View, California.

Source: Paul Terrell

Founder Paul Terrell opened the store in 1975.

Source: Paul Terrell

Most hobbyist computers then were still sold as kits, but the Apple I — seen here in a Polaroid photograph taken by Terrell himself — was a fully assembled circuit board with over 60 chips.

Source: Paul Terrell

 

An ad for the Apple I.

 

To turn the Apple 1 into a working computer, users still had to add a case, power supply, keyboard and display.

Source: Paul Terrell

The Apple 1 originally sold for $666.66. In November, a working unit was sold at an auctionfor around $640,000.

Source: Paul Terrell

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/slideshow/2013/01/03/apple-first-computer/?intcmp=features#slide=1#ixzz2HAw6dDSM

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