Apple 1, the first computer produced by Apple, went on auction this year on May 20. Noted as the ‘best-preserved example of an Apple-1 computer to have appeared on the market’, it was auctioned at around $130,000 (approximately Rs 85 Lakh) which is surprisingly less than what the computer was expected to fetch. Also Read - Meet Indian developer who wins Apple Design award for his music app NaadSadhanaAlso Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil Mini
The auctioned Apple 1 is believed to be one of the only eight units left in the world, and it was expected to fetch somewhere between $190,000 to $320,000 (approximately Rs 1.1 crores-Rs 1.9 crores), AppleInsider reports. The Apple 1 originally belonged to a Californian engineer, John J Dryden, who bought the computer in 1976 and has sold in a completely working condition. Dryden said the Apple 1 computer was one of the first opportunities for someone to possess a real computer.” Also Read - iOS 4 is now available again on modern iPhones, complete with Home button: How to get it
Alongside the technology antique, Apple 1 computer, the original owner preserved its motherboard receipt, its operating manual, circuit diagrams and other documents. According to the publication, the documents also included notes from telephone calls with Apple co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1977. Jobs and Wozniak developed Apple 1 nearly four decades ago. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 leaked mold sheds light on bold new design
On parting with the machine, a heart-wrenched Dryden said ‘the time had come as he had not used it in a long time.’ The Apple 1 auctioned on Saturday now belongs to a German engineer. Prior to this in the year 2014, another working Apple 1 auctioned for $365,000 (approximately Rs 2.3 crores) while an another one in the year 2013 managed to fetch around $671,000 (approximately Rs 4.7 crores).