Most Expensive Computer Auctioned
If you think that the latest laptop you just bought is expensive, then you’ll be surprised of the price tag of this 1970’s computer – the Apple 1. Its present value is a staggering $671,400 which was sold at an auction in Germany last year. What a shocking price for an obsolete gadget, right? Sounds ridiculous as others might say but this computer has a reason as to why it is the most expensive computer ever auctioned in the world up to date.
The Apple 1 first came about in the year 1976. It was devised by Apple Computer Inc. founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Jobs was only 16 years old that time and in his parents’ garage, he created the first product of Apple with the help of Wozniak. Its original price was 666.66 US dollars. However, out of the 200 machines produced, 46 remained unsold and currently, only 6 units are functioning well. The specs of this particular device may be too outdated to operate the most recent software, but during its time, Apple 1 was considered to be the most high-tech gadget.
Design: It has no casing and the size is smaller than its rival personal computers.
Processor: 8-bit MOS technology 6502 which runs at 1MHz. This kind of processor was much accessible and cheaper.
Memory Power: Its memory boosted to only 8K, which is extremely low comparing to present computers. Even one mp3 song couldn’t fit into that kind of memory space. But back then in 1976, 8K was already huge.
Keyboard Interface: It has a keyboard connector which was a rare feature in computers in 1976.
Graphics: Jobs and Wozniak installed a specialized chip so it could be connected to a regular television.
Other Features and Performance
Most computers during that time were usually made of multiple motherboards due to its different components. But this Apple computer was made to function by using only a single motherboard. Added to that, it also featured a cassette interface making it easier to transfer and store software into the unit by connecting it to a cassette player. It has an original monitor but no operating system. You can also play very simple games and run some basic programs with it.
So what makes this out-of-date computer excessively expensive? It all comes down to the importance of history. Apple Computer Inc. would not be one of the most highly valued companies today if it weren’t for the birth of Apple 1. Attached it is a history when the computer age all began and that makes it a legendary and very valuable collectible. It is the basis of the better and sophisticated Apple products we have today such as the Macbook, iPod, iPhone and iPad. This Apple computer also bears a signature of the designer Steve Wozniak on its motherboard, which makes it so scarce and 100% authentic; and along with the machine is a personal letter made by Steve Jobs for Hatsfield. The buyer of this very costly computer is an anonymous wealthy entrepreneur. And with that exorbitant price for a computer with very minimal use, Apple and its history must have meant so much to him.