Saturday, March 6, 2021

A Rare Original Apple 1 Computer Was Sacrificed For These Ugly Custom iPhones – Gizmodo


According to the Caviar website you can tailor the look of your iPhone 12 Pro/Max if youre not digging their standard retro design, however only 9 copies of the collectible will be produced. Crunch the numbers and that does not rather add up to what the motherboard was offered at auction for back in 2014, so Caviar probably just got its hands on a very little part of that initial Apple PC.

For these iPhones to exist, that unusual piece of Silicon Valleys history needed to die.

If youre an Apple obsessee, theres most likely no collectible or piece of memorabilia more looked for after than the initial Apple 1 computer that not only help release the business, but also produce the Silicon Valley mythos about huge corporations tracing their roots back to contributed space in someones parents garage. According to Bonhams, the Apple 1 motherboard that sold at auction back in 2014 belonged to a preliminary run of around 200, with this specific example being among the first 50 to be completed. At the time of the auction, there were only 64 of these known to have survived since 1976, and according to experts, it was in remarkably good condition.
Thats why this unusual collectible being used by Caviar is somewhat distressing. The $9,990 iPhone 12 Pro (with 128GB of storage) or the $10,530 iPhone 12 Pro Max (likewise with 128GB, but you can go with more capacious models if youre prepared to invest a lot more) include a tailored design on the back similar to the fully-assembled original Apple personal computers, complete with a genuine wood grain surface, an entertainment of the original hand-drawn Apple logo design, a synthetic CRT screen made from shiny titanium, and a small piece of that Apple 1 motherboard embedded below that.

In October of 2014, an uncommon Apple 1 motherboard, thought to be among the first 50 developed by Steve Wozniak in Steve Jobs family house, was offered by Bohnams at auction for $905,000. Today, you can own a small piece of that Silicon Valley artifact, but it comes connected to a personalized iPhone 12 Pro or Max with questionable design aesthetic appeals.

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