updated 06:35 pm EDT, Tue May 10, 2011
Politecnico di Torino restarts 35-year-old Apple I
Macitynet was reporting on Tuesday that a university in Turin, Italy has brought an Apple 1 back to life. The Apple 1 was a limited edition computer, with about 200 made prior to Apple's founding in 1977. After the company was founded, the original Apple 1 computers were accepted as trade-ins for the Apple II, so few survive today. The number 82 model, bought at Christie's auction for over $200,000 by Italian collector Marco Boglione, was the Apple restarted today.
The restart was held at Politecnico Main Hall in Turni's Politecnico di Torino university, and went well, despite the motherboard's 35-year-old transistors. The demonstration ran a simple basic program, displaying the words "Hello Polito" honoring the Politecnico di Torino.
The original Apple-1 was sold as a fully assembled circuit board with 4KB of memory but no case, power supply, keyboard or monitor. The No. 82 model had a Rockwell plastic CPU instead of the original 6502 White Ceramic part.