Apple I turns 40

Another in a slew of recent anniversaries, the computer that started it all turns 40 today. The Apple I isn’t a computer the way we think about computers now; your $666 got you a logic board. You had to bring a power supply, keyboard, display and tape drive to make it usable.

Apple I

Image via The RetroMacCast

While this BASIC-running machine seems incredibly simple today, it sparked the personal computer revolution. It showed that computing didn’t have to involve punch cards and machines you couldn’t actually see or touch. While it was a hobbyist device and the Apple II would turn the corner toward the consumer market, we owe a lot to this little logic board.

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