O Apple I it was undoubtedly very important for the history of computing. Imagine, then, a prototype of this machine that belonged to Steve Jobs!
Recognizing this, the Living Computers: Museum + Labs, founded by none other than Paul Allen (Microsoft co-founder), will open an exhibition next Friday (14/4) entitled ?Apple Computer Exhibit?, where visitors will be able to walk through the first two decades of Apple products and technological advances specifically between the years 1976 and 1999. The Apple I prototype, of course, will be the protagonist of the show, as informed by GeekWire.
For Lth Carlson, the museum's executive director, it is the most important computer in history. That's because the prototype was used by Jobs in the various demonstrations he made at the beginning of Apple. At the exhibition, visitors will be able to interact with such an Apple I, obviously not with Jobs' precious prototype, but with a unit demo; other computers such as the Apple II, IIe, IIc, Apple III and Lisa will also be on display.
About 200 of these (Apple I) were made, approximately 70 are known to have survived and about 7 are operable. We will be running the BASIC version of Steve Wozniak, who wrote on it.
The story behind how the computer got into the hands of the museum is very interesting. The Apple I in question was used by Jobs and Mike Markkula (Ma's first investor) as a modified version of the basic computer that the company used to take for demonstrations with potential investors. The machine was abandoned by Jobs when he left Apple in 1985; the company's management then allowed employees to ?clean? the co-founder?s office and engineer Don Hutmacher ended up with the Apple I. Hutmacher passed away last year; when his family found the Apple I in the garage, he took the machine to his new home: the museum.