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An Apple-I prototype is auctioned: Woz's soldering handwriting is visible


An Apple-I prototype is auctioned: Woz's soldering handwriting is visible

By TechThop Team

Posted on: 30 Jul, 2022

At a first glance, it seems like it should be disposed of as e-waste - and that's exactly what Apple's ex-co-founder Steve Jobs used to do.

However, now that a prototype of the Apple I computer has been recovered, it can be worth a small fortune. It is currently being auctioned off for a six-figure amount in an online auction that takes place right now.

Model of the 'Byte Shop' for demonstration purposes An example of the 'Byte Shop' demonstration modeled by Wozniak in the summer of 1976, is said to have lain in the legendary Apple garage in Silicon Valley for years, where the company began.

A prototype of the Apple II was given to its current owner by Steve Jobs 30 years ago, shortly after Jobs had been ousted from Apple. To present Paul Terrell with the number '#2', as it is written on the board, the two Apple founders had to build the number.

A man who owned a computer shop in Mountain View, California, called the 'Byte Shop', and ordered 50 computers from them. This was the beginning of Apple's business, in a sense. There is a price of 666.66 USD for the Apple I computer.

Despite the prototype's importance, Jobs himself seemed uninterested. According to the description he gave, he took out ICs from their sockets and used them in different devices by ripping them out of their sockets. In addition to the microprocessor, other components are missing as well.

There is also a problem with the board, which is damaged and a part is missing from the board. An expert has been able to confirm the authenticity of the item with the help of photographs, according to reports.

There is something special about Woz's handwriting This prototype's unique features include inscriptions on the circuit board and details like the lack of a clock circuit and the green protective layer that make it stand out from the equally highly coveted first production devices.

He also bears the signature of Woz’s idiosyncratic way of soldering: With his three-hand technique, he held the wire in one hand, the solder in his mouth, and the soldering iron in the other hand, which led to prominent blisters.

Having said that, if you do not want to spend a six-figure sum on an Apple I, then you can take a look at one in the Deutsches Museum in Munich if you do not want to spend such a large amount.

source: bronze

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