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True or False: The first Apple computer was made of wood. April 21, 2007

Posted by reverseengineer in Legacy Hardware.
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True. At lease the case was.

The Apple I, circa 1976, was made and designed by Steve Wozniak in Palo Alto, California. Only 200 were made, and sold for US$600 fully assembled as a circuit board, but to get it to work you needed to purchase a case, power supply, keyboard and display. Its CPU was a MOS 6502 running at 1kHz. It came standard with 4kb memory. It was discontinued a year later when the Apple ][ came out.

Today, maybe 30 to 50 units still exist. At an auction in 1999, one sold for US$50,000.

Humble beginnings, and the start of something good.

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1. ANARCHY-TV.COM - June 7, 2007

False. The one pictured at top in the Smithsonian was just one of motherboards for which a case was made by a hobbiest. The actual computer itself is the motherboard, which in many cases nobody built a case for and was not made of wood. In computer training labs people run nothing but the old Commodore KIM-1s which are nothing but a motherboard, LED display, and hex keypad; frequently when PC techs are testing motherboards if they work, and we don’t have a case, we just plug in an ATX powersupply, keyboard, and videocard to the motherboard laying on foam or an antistatic plastic bag the motherboard shipped in


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