The Apple I, or rather Apple Computer 1 is a desktop computer created in 1976 by Apple Computer. The originator and creator of the computer were Steve Wozniak. Steve Jobs – Wozniak’s friend came up with a brilliant idea to create a company and start selling computers. It quickly turned out that to create more computers, Apple had to find the money for production. Jobs sold his car, and Wozniak his programmable HP-65 calculator.
Apple I went on sale in April 1976 for $666.66. The company produced two hundred pieces of this computer. It is worth noting that, unlike other computers sold at the time for hobbyists in the form of “do it yourself“. Apple I was already fully assembled. Nevertheless, to get a fully functional computer, its buyers had to add a case, power supply, keyboard and monitor. Apple I was the first publicly available computer using the monitor and the keyboard.
The Apple I successor was the Apple II model. It went on sale on April 1977 and, unlike its predecessor, it had a housing and a keyboard.
Apple I – General information
|Processor||MOS Technology 6502|
|Number of Cores||1|
|Graphic Memory||1 KB|
|Built-in Memory||4 KB|
|Maximum Memory||8 KB on-board, 65 KB via Expansion connector|
|Memory Slots||16-pin, 4K Dynamic, type 4096 (2104)|
Software, connections and accessories
|Software||Apple Integer BASIC with optional Cassette Interface|
|Display Connection||Composite positive video|
|Dual In-line Package (DIP)||1 – for ASCII encoded keyboard|
|Expansion Slots||1 – 44-pin Expansion connector|
1 – Cassette Board connector
|Media||Optional Cassette Interface|
|Line Voltage||8 to 10 Volts AC (RMS @ 3 armps, 26 to 28 Volts AC (RMS) Center-Tapped, 1A|
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