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

A mystery woman donated a rare Apple 1 computer to a Silicon Valley recycling firm, when she was cleaning out the garage after her husband died.

An original Apple computer, now known as the Apple 1, which was designed and hand-built in 1976 by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Source

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
Apple 1 1976, inscribed Woz, at the Computer History MuseumArnoldReinhold
Apple Computer Company, Palo Alto, CA. – Scanned from page 11 of the October 1976 Interface Age magazine by Michael Holley Swtpc6800
Los Altos home of the Jobs family where the first Apple computer was assembled. Mathieu Thouvenin
Apple I microcomputer in polycarbonate case, which is available for visitors to use. Cynde Moya
Original 1976 Apple 1 Computer in a briefcase. From the Sydney Powerhouse Museum collection. Binarysequence


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