Woman Dumps a Rare $200,000 Apple into Recycling
Trash turns into treasure when a Woman dumps a computer into recycling only to find out that it is a rare Apple Computer 1 model with a $200,000 price tag. Silicon Valley is now looking for the woman who dropped off the rare vintage Apple computer so they can give her the $100,000.
How it all Began
The story begins around a month ago when a woman of about 60 to 70 years of age dropped off a couple of boxes of waste containing electronic junk to CleanBayArea’s recycling center in Milpits, California.
She neither requested a tax receipt nor left her contact information, and the boxes left unchecked for weeks. The boxes contain a lot of waste and hidden beneath it is a rare Apple Computer 1 model that now amounts to $200,000.
According to the Vice President Victor Gichun of NBC Bay Area, they couldn’t believe it at first and thought the Apple Computer 1 right in front of them was a fake.
What is Apple Computer 1
The original Apple Computer 1 or also known as the Apple 1 or Apple-1 were released by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in 1976. They were designed and built by Steve Wozniak and the idea of selling the computer was Steve Job’s idea.
The Apple 1 was developed, not in the garage, but in the bedroom of Steve Wozniak’s home. Wozniak printed the circuit board while Ron Wayne wrote the Apple 1 operation manual at his home. Steve Jobs, on the other hand, do what he’s best at: selling the computer.
Apple 1 was Apple’s first product, its creation had made some huge expenses along the way, so to finance their product, Steve Jobs have to sell his only means of transportation, the VW Microbus and Wozniak Sold his HP-65 calculator.
They first previewed the Apple 1 during the May 1976 meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club. Paul Terrel, the owner of the Byte Shop was impressed with the Apple 1 and promised to buy 50 fully assembled computers for $500 each.
During that time, Byte Computers were the only computer shop in town. However, the machine was meant for hobbyist that would add ASCII keyboards and displays after buying the circuit board and was not meant for it to be fully assembled.
Steve Jobs, however, intended that they can do that. Woz along with the help of Bill Fernandez and Daniel Kottke were able to build by hand the 50 motherboards on the second-to-last day before the loaned parts were due. It wasn’t the fully assembled parts that Terell was expected, but he still paid for the units in cash. Apple later sold Apple 1 for $666.66 before they made Apple II.
In terms of specifications, Apple 1 is meager compared to today’s computers. The processor is a 1.023 MHz, it came with 4K ram expandable to 8k. It has a standard ASCII keyboard port that could be installed and has a port for monitor display. The display has a frame rate of 60.06 Hz and could support up to 40 characters per line at 24 lines with automatic scrolling.
Apple 1 runs on BASIC so that games could run and be programmed to be played on it. Apple 1 was made initially as a game machine.
A Collector’s Item
AS of 2013, 63 Apple 1 computers were confirmed to exist and 6 have been verified to be in good working condition.
Below are some of the many Apple 1 computers sold since 1999:
- In 1999, the Apple 1 was reportedly sold at an auction for $50,000.
- On November 23, 2010, Apple 1 was sold for $200,000 at an Auction House in London. The high price was due to the document and original packaging, and a personally typed and signed letter from Steve Jobs answering technical questions about the computer and an invoice showing Steven as the salesman.
- On December 13, 2014, a fully functional Apple 1 was sold at an auction for $365,000. The sale included a keyboard, custom case, original manual, and a check labeled: Purchased July 1976 from Steve Jobs and his parents in Los Altos.
The $200,000 Apple 1
It isn’t stated whether this Apple 1 contains packaging, manual or if it is in working condition. However, two years ago, Apple auctions the Apple 1 and got $375,000.
The recycling center at Silicon Valley is now looking for the woman who dropped the Apple 1 computer when it has been found to be a collectible item that amounts to $200,000.
The recycling firm sold the computer for $200,000 to a private collector. As per company policy, 50% of the proceeds of an item sold is to be given to the owner.
To get the cash, the Woman needs to return to the Milpitas donation center. The identity of the woman isn’t a problem since the staff has a positive identity of her.
The Apple 1 isn’t the fastest computer around, nor is a phenomenal one. What made it special is that this computer is the foundation of what Apple is today.
That is why collectors, especially those that love Apple products would do anything to get their hands on the first Apple product.
In the end, it is amazing how two guys in a garage were capable of accomplishing. The contributions that Apple made up to this day not only challenged their competitors to do better, but also have a direct impact on our daily lives.