The Apple-1 was released in 1976 and hand-built by Steve Wozniak. It was the Apple’s first product, and as many of you already know, Steve Jobs sold his VW microbus for a few hundred dollars to finance its creation while Steve Wozniak parted with his HP-65 calculator for $500. The computer was demonstrated in July 1976 at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, California. If you’ve always wanted an original Apple-1 manual, now is your chance, as one of them has headed to auction. Featuring 12 pages (8.5 x 11) and Apple’s original logo on the front cover, designed by third Apple co-founder Ron Wayne and showing Isaac Newton thoughtfully seated beneath a tree, with a shining apple dangling overhead. Read more for a video, additional pages from the manual and a link to the auction.
Unlike other examples, this one has not been three-hole punched, and for those wondering, the Operation Manual provdies information on getting the system up and running, how to use the system monitor, as well as expanding the Apple system. Plus, there’s also a page titled “6502 Hex Monitor Listing,” which was an innovative memory program created by Steve Wozniak and commonly referred to as the ‘Woz Monitor.’
A few caveats: there’s a short tear to the top edge of the front cover, and a light circular stain inside the front cover. There’s very few surviving copies of the original Apple-1 operating manuals that exist today, with some estimating 65 or so examples. Auction page.