Apple I Computer

The Apple I computer was hand-built by Steven Wozniak and released by him and his friend Steve Jobs in April 1976. This first « pre-Mac » device developed by the Apple Inc. Founders was based on the MOStek 6502 chip, an 8-bit microprocessor that was designed by MOS Technology in 1975. At the moment, this chip was the least expensive full-featured microprocessor on the market.

Apple I Computer

Introduced : April 1976.


  • Processor : CPU: MOS Technology 6502.
  • CPU Speed: 1 MHz.
  • Bus Speed: 1 MHz.
  • Onboard RAM: 8 kB.
  • Maximum RAM: 65 kB.
  • Video: VRAM: 1 kB. Max Resolution: 60.05 Hz, 40×24 char.
  • Power: 58 Watts.

Apple Order, Discontinuation, Price

Serial Numbers: Apple did not assign serial numbers to its first computer. Several remaining units however have numbered stickers affixed to them. Theses stickers may be inspection stickers from manufacturer/assembler.

Dicontinuation : October 1977.

Launch price : US$ 666.66.


  • To finance the first Apple’s device Steve Jobs sold his VW microbus. And Wozniak had to sell his HP-65 calculator
  • The Apple I was introduced at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, California.
  • The Apple I was sold through several small retailers, and included only the circuit board. A tape-interface was sold separately, but you had to build the case. The Apple I’s initial cost was $666.66.
  • On June 15, 2012, a working Apple I computer was sold at auction by Sotheby”s for US$374,500. This computer is display at the Nexo Computer Museum in Jeju City, South Korea.


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