Happy 35th Birthday to Apple!

Apr 1, 2011 - 5 Comments

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Apple turns 35 years old today! The company was created on April 1, 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, it was based out of Steve Jobs parents garage, and their first product was the Apple I encased in wood that you can see above. Yea, that’s not an April fools joke, the first Apple computer was made out of wood.

Fun facts about the Apple I:

  • Apple I was first demoed in April of 1976 at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, California
  • It went on sale in July of 1976 for $666.66, the unusual price was chosen by Steve Wozniak because he liked repeating numbers
  • CPU clocked in at 1 Mhz
  • RAM was 4 KB, but was upgradeable to 8 KB or even 16 KB via expansion cards
  • Apple I is now considered a collectors item, one of the computers recently sold for a whopping $213,600 at a London auction

Here’s one of the original advertisements for the Apple I:

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Don’t miss the original Apple logo in the corner, it looks like the cover of a Lord of the Rings novel and featured Isaac Newton under a tree.

You can read some more history of the Apple I and Apple Inc at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_I”>Wikipedia.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, News

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  1. Steve Blamer says:

    how about a cake to celebrate from redmond

  2. Joseph says:

    Dat wooden case!

  3. copper says:

    1Mhz, LOL

    I want a woody Mac!

  4. [...] not quite a wooden Apple I, but it’s still pretty [...]

  5. roo says:

    The wooden case is some user’s addon.

    The original Apple 1 was just a board. No keyboard, no case.

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