The Apple I

Codename: ??
CPU: MOS Technology 6502
CPU speed: 1 Mhz
FPU: none
motherboard RAM: 8 k
maximum RAM: 32 k (65 k hacked)
number of sockets: n/a
minimum speed: n/a
VRAM: 1 k ROM: ?
L1 cache: n/a
L2 cache: n/a
data path: 8 bit
bus speed: 1 Mhz
slots: ??
SCSI: none
Serial Ports:none
ADB: none
Floppy: optional
HD: none
Display: 60.05 Hz, 40x24 text, w/ automatic scrolling.
Sound Output: ??
power: 58 Watts
introduced: April 1976
terminated: 1977

The Apple I was Steven Wozniak's first contribution to the personal computer field. It was designed over a period of years, and was only built in printed circuit-board form when Steve Jobs insisted it could be sold. It debuted in April 1976 at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, but few took it seriously. The Apple I was based on the MOStek 6502 chip, whereas most other "kit" computers were built from the Intel 8080. 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

click here (197 k) to see a print add for the Apple I.

Picture: "The Rise and Fall of Apple Inc." Rolling Stone issue 731