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2010/6/1 Personal computer, 'Apple I', timber / plastic / metal / electronic components, designed by Steve Wozniak, made by Apple Computer, Palo Alto, California, United States of America, 1976. Click to enlarge.

Apple I computer

Made by Apple Computer Incorporated

The Apple I was designed, manufactured and sold by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the mid 1970s and launched the Apple Computer Company. The Apple I is rare with around 50 examples in public and private collections worldwide surviving from a production run of approximately 200.

In an environment dominated by computer kits with cumbersome input and output devices the two Steves’ Apple I represented a significant step towards a marketable personal computer. Steve Wozniak’s design for the Apple I...

Summary

Object No.

2010/6/1

Object Statement

Personal computer, 'Apple I', timber / plastic / metal / electronic components, designed by Steve Wozniak, made by Apple Computer, Palo Alto, California, United States of America, 1976

Physical Description

The Apple I is housed in a tan leather briefcase. The open briefcase reveals the Apple I printed circuit board and components attached to the underside of the briefcase lid. The briefcase compartment contains the power supply in the upper left with a small piece of paper taped on top printed with instructions and a mains power lead with plug for removal and attachment to a power source, to the upper right is the cassette tape player which can be used to load and record instructions from the computer, a QWERTY keyboard is mounted in front of these items and may be removed from the case for placement in front of the user. The tan leather briefcase has a combination lock and the hinges at the back are broken.

Marks

No marks. Printed instructions attached inside.

Dimensions

Height

435 mm

Width

470 mm

Depth

445 mm

Production

Notes

The Apple I was the first product designed, manufactured and sold by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the mid 1970s. The production run was approximately 200 and around 50 Apple Is remain in public and private collections.

History

Notes

The Apple I was the first product designed, manufactured and sold by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the mid 1970s.

This particular Apple one was originally owned by the local technology pioneer, Rudie Hoess. In the mid 1970s Rudie established the Computer land reseller franchise and introduced the Apple II to the Australian market where it was embraced by home users and the education sector.

Rudie gave the Apple I to Apple Computer Australia Pty. Ltd.

The Museum negotiated the long term loan of the Apple I from Apple Australia in May 1999 and the Apple went on display in the new permanent exhibition "Universal Machine: computers and connections" later that year. The loan of the Apple I was renewed annually until it was donated in 2010.

Source

Credit Line

Donated 2010

Acquisition Date

12 March 2010

Cite this Object

Harvard

Apple I computer 2017, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 March 2019, <https://ma.as/397247>

Wikipedia

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This object is currently on display in Icons: From the MAAS Collection at the Powerhouse Museum.

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