This Mac costs $ 370,000 - What Makes This Apple-I So Special?

Ghani Mengal

New Macs are known to be relatively expensive. But also old Macs, as the auction of a 45-year-old Apple I shows.
This Mac costs $ 370,000 - which is what makes it so specialImage By RR-Auction

Macs are expensive. Even if the entry-level models, especially in the M1 generation, can now boast a really decent price-performance ratio, the price of the high-end models, in particular, can rise to dizzying heights. A Mac Pro, admittedly a purely professional device, costs around 60,000 euros when fully equipped. There is then a xenon processor with 28 cores, 1.5 TB of RAM, and two professional graphics cards. A 1976 Apple I, which recently sold for $ 370,000, offers millions of times less performance.

Apple-I Was Assembled By Steve Jobs's Hand

The (still functional) Apple I was auctioned together with a whole range of accessories, including an original Apple Cassette Interface (ACI) with manual, an original Apple II keyboard with Apple I adapter, a taxane monitor, and much more. Some pages of the original manual, signed by Apple co-founder Ron Wayne, were also part of the package. The auction was held as part of a vintage technology auction, and an Apple Lisa ($ 76,000) found a new owner there.

The buyer of the Apple I was Roger Wagner, a personal friend of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and author of the first book on assembler programming for the Apple II.

The Apple I was first launched in 1976, and only 200 devices were manufactured. Steve Wozniak assembled each of these by hand in Steve Job's garage. The price was then $ 666.66, adjusted for inflation that would be around $ 3,300 today. It was delivered without peripherals, without a power supply unit, and without housing.

It's not the first time that a working Apple I has been sold for such a high price. In 2014, another example was auctioned for a whopping $ 905,000.

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Member Of Freelancers Union (USA), Freelance Writer!, and Digital Creator. Ghani Mengal is an enthusiast Freelance blogger and digital marketer. His content has been published and featured on many popular blogs, websites, and publications. Including TeelFeed,, Data-Driven Investor, TextSniper, Scientific Publication The Predict, The Startup, The Ascent, Heart Affairs, Illumination, And The List goes on.

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