WHEN STEVE JOBS and Steve Wozniak presented their kit-form computer to the ‘Byte Shop’ back in 1976, owner Paul Terrel was quick to see a potential problem and a gap in the market.
“What I needed was an assembled and tested unit that could sell to people that really wanted to use them and not just to the technical audience”, he recalled in a 2015 interview.
Convinced, the young entrepreneurs made their first sale of 50 assembled Apple-1 units for $500 each and the first ready-to-use PC was born! Wozniak and Jobs contributed genius and perspiration in equal measures while Terrel, as “honorary co-founder”, provided the bolt of inspiration at just the right moment.
Apple Aficionados will have a chance to acquire a unique piece of IT history when an original Apple-1 appears at Auction Team Breker in Cologne, Germany, on 20 May 2017.