Original Apple computer auctioned off for £565,000

An Apple-1 computer has been sold at auction for a staggering $905,000 – that’s roughly £565,000.

The archaic tech was flogged over in New York, reportedly snagging such a high bid thanks to its mint condition.

The computer was from the first batch of just 50 Apple-1 computers originally built by the late Steve Jobs and co-founder Steve Wozniak in a California garage in the mid-’70s.

Unsurprisingly, there aren’t many Apple-1 computers left in good condition today, hence the ridiculously high value set on this one. It’s believed that there’s only 15 around the world that are still fully functional.

Jobs and Wozniak sold their first computers at an oddball mark-up of $666.66 – Woz liked ‘repeating digits’, apparently – which translates to around £416.

The fully assembled device originally shipped with its own homemade wooden case and a cut-out ‘Apple’ logo.

Inside was an MOS 6502 CPU clocking in at a positively prehistoric 1MHz, with 4KB of memory to boot. It launched for purchase on April 11, 1976.

It’s a far cry from Apple’s latest desktop computer, the newly announced 5K Retina display iMac.

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