The iPhone 5 may be predicted to be around the £799 and we may think that, that is rather expensive. However, an Apple 1 comptuer is set to be auctioned with a starting price of $180,000/£116,000 at Sotheby’s.
This is just below the $210,700/£136,000 mark set by Christies who sold a working Apple 1 a couple of years ago. On the other hand, it did come with a signed letter from Steve Jobs.
The Apple 1, designed and created by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, is suggested to be but just one of half a dozen Apple 1 Comptuer’s that still work, even though there are expected to be about 50 Apple 1 computers in total. In 1976, when the Apple 1 was first built it was sold at a retail price of $666.66/£430.
Even at that price the Apple 1 consisted of a mere 4 kilobytes of memory and a processor speed of 1Mhz. Furthermore, the machine came without a case, keyboard, monitor or power supply. In comparison to the latest speculative specification of the iPhone 5, which could include an Apple quad-core A6 processor with an expected speed of 1GHz.