There are only six known working Apple-1 computers in the world, and one of these units will go on sale later this month. According to a report in Computerworld, German auction house Breker will be auctioning off the machine that was owned by Fred Hatfield.
The Apple-1 includes the original manual, a letter signed by Steve Jobs and a circuit board that bears the name "Woz" on the back. The vintage computer is expected to fetch up to US$392,000 when it hits the auction block on May 25. You can check out the Apple-1 in the video below and hop over to Breker's website for the detailed photos of this classic machine.
Rare Apple-1 hits the auction block originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 03 May 2013 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
TUAW reader Vince Patton provided us with several links to videos that he's uploading to YouTube. Patton's father had saved a VHS tape of a talk made by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to the Denver Apple Pi computer club at the Colorado School of Mines on October 4, 1984, which Vince uncovered and is digitizing, cleaning up and uploading to YouTube for posterity.
Among the gems on Patton's YouTube channel is Woz leading the attendees in the "Pledge of Apple Allegiance," which you can watch below. Another fascinating bit shows Randy Wigginton, Apple employee No. 6 and a key member of the original Macintosh team, telling the story of how the Finder software couldn't even copy a disk just four hours before the deadline for shipping the initial Mac software.
Many thanks to Patton for doing such an incredible job of preserving these wonderful pieces of Apple history.
Woz, Wigginton videos surface in 1984 user group talk treasure trove originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 22 Mar 2013 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Sure, at over US$53 it's a little pricey, but I am completely charmed by this pen holder shaped like an old Macintosh. Maybe it's that Susan Kare face, or the floppy drive slot, or just the reassuring, all-in-one, boxy shape, but there's something about this little 3D-printed desktop decoration that I really like. Even if it's a little expensive for my own desk, it seems like it would make a nice gift.
And if you want something perhaps a little more decorative and a little less practical, the same 3D printer can deliver busts of either Steve Jobs or Steve Wozniak, each available for about $100. Both are painted in a pixel-art style, and both look pretty darn cool as well.
Macintosh pen holder holds your writing utensil in a classic way originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Woz he talking about? Steve Wozniak recently gave an interview with German business weekly Wirtschafts Woche in which he contended that the company he co-founded has fallen behind its competitors when it comes to its flagship product, the iPhone. According to Woz, Apple is "somewhat behind with features in the smartphone business," adding that "others have caught up. Samsung is a great competitor. But precisely because they are currently making great products."
Unfortunately, there's no additional context for Woz's comments, so we're left wondering precisely what he believes iPhone is lagging behind in. Since he mentions Samsung outright, we're thinking that maybe he's referring to things like screen size, since he has opined in the past that he's not exactly a fan of the iPhone 5's taller-but-not-wider format -- but who knows?
What are some things the iPhone is "somewhat behind" the competition on, in your opinion?
Woz: Apple 'somewhat behind' on smartphone features originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 07 Feb 2013 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak often appears here on the pages of TUAW for doing some silly things like joking around with Stephen Colbert or starring in an iOS game. But the man's still got a great mind (and a lot of experience with technology), so when he makes some predictions for 2013 over in Forbes, it's worth giving him a listen.
Woz's main theme seems to be business technology -- specifically how that field is trending more and more away from standard beige box desktop PCs and much more towards personal smartphones, tablets and other such devices. Woz says that the cloud will continue to be a big trend next year, and that will extend to businesses using smartphones and tablets more and more in the workplace. Finally the software and hardware on mobile devices is catching up to the growing need businesspeople have to make good use of the powerful computers they carry in their pockets. Businesses have already seen a "BYOD" (bring your own device) trend in the workplace, where employees are increasingly using their personally owned iPads and iPhones for work. Woz says that will continue, as businesses will have to balance issues like security and productivity with the comprehensive customization and portability that smartphone and tablet devices offer.
That's some good insight right there, and Woz should know: the guy carries like 10 different smartphones. We've already seen businesses making good use of iOS devices, and it makes sense that 2013 would bring that trend even more into the forefront.
Woz predicts that in 2013, iOS devices are headed to work originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Imagine Steve Wozniak. Now imagine Steve Wozniak as an adorable cartoon character. Now imagine giving that character a large revolver, a somewhat evil grin, and team him up with convict-turned-movie-star Danny Trejo. You just dreamt up one of the strangest iOS games ever, and as MacWorld reports, it's about to hit the App Store.
Vengeance: Woz With A Coz is an old-school platform title that tasks you with rescuing Steve Wozniak's wife, "J-Woz," from kidnapping thugs. Plenty of blood will be shed in the journey, and both adorably lethal characters will be make use of a myriad of weaponry in order to get the job done. The game is scheduled to be released this Thanksgiving.
Vengeance: Woz With A Coz iOS game stars cartoon Steve Wozniak originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak recently did a Q&A over on Slashdot, and Gizmodo has boiled down his answers into five things he'd change about Apple today. There's a little bit of putting thoughts in Wozniak's head here, as he wasn't specifically talking about what he would change.
Still, he does have some good insight, and in a few interesting ways, his ideas about what Apple is doing lately do seem to differ from what the company thinks. For example, Woz believes iTunes should be ported to Android; he says bringing iTunes to Windows created a huge market for Apple, and porting iTunes and its various stores to other mobile OSes would grow that market as well.
Woz also believes Apple should back off of the lawsuits a bit, especially when (or if) it impedes Apple's own innovations. Woz also suggests that Apple aim for a big influx of younger talent right now, when the company's future is so important.
As for Woz himself re-joining Apple in any official capacity, even he agrees that he and the company have grown apart. "Apple is very complex," he says, adding that "I like personal simplicity. I like to do what I'm good at, which is enjoying technology." Woz says he would go to Apple to help out if ever called upon, but honestly, we'd agree that he's happier just enjoying what's out there at this point.
Woz discusses what he'd change about Apple originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 03 Oct 2012 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple employee #12, Daniel Kottke, talked to Avi Solomon of Boing Boing about his time working at Apple. The interview has captivating stories about Kottke's life in the early 1970s tech scene.
Besides a long discussion of the influence of psychedelics on technology, Kottke also talks about Wozniak's hardware genius and Jobs's flair for design, which was starting to develop when he was working on the Apple I. Kottke says,
It was brilliant of Steve to find Rod Holt to make a switching power supply, which was a lightweight power supply with no big heavy transformers, and to put the plastic case on it.
So you could actually take the Apple ][ under your arm and carry it somewhere. We never really advertised that but it was part of the appeal. And Steve never forgot that.
You can read more about Kottke and his early Apple adventures in the Boing Boing interview.
Early Apple employee Daniel Kottke on the Apple I, more originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 10 Aug 2012 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Daily Update for August 2, 2012 originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 02 Aug 2012 18:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple co-founder and legend Steve Wozniak won't officially turn 62 until August 11, but that wasn't enough to keep flash memory tech company Fusion-io from holding a surprise birthday party for him last night. Ina Fried from AllThingsD was in attendance and provided a photo record of the event.
Woz is the chief scientist for Fusion-io as well as an investor, and AllThingsD reports that the party was held at San Francisco's Museum of Modern Art, and that pink feather boas and noisemakers were handed out to the attendees.
The party for Woz remained secret despite Woz's wife allegedly needing to delete a "drunk text or tweet" from his pocketful of devices. Fusion-io also used the party as a vehicle to announce its ION Data Accelerator software, which is used to improve server speeds by optimizing flash memory processes. The software is being tested by Apple and Facebook.
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Pink feather boa time! Fusion-io throws surprise birthday party for Woz originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 02 Aug 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
If you were a genius who helped create the first Apple computer and have since then been able to pretty much do whatever you want, wouldn't you carry around a crowded backpack as well?
Steve Wozniak has listed out just what he happens to carry around on his back every day, and the entire list (via Gizmodo) is something to behold: Almost ten iPhones and iPod touches, two iPads, countless adapters and cables for everything, multiple Game Boys, multiple earplugs and headphones, too many cards to even list, and pens, laser pointers, accessories and clip on lights, and everything else (although a few items are carried by his wife). It's a wonder the man is still standing given how much technology he's carrying around in that backpack everywhere.
Here's the question I have, however: Just what kind of backpack is this? I can barely fit all of my technology in a huge shoulder bag when I go out on assignment, and I'm not carrying a fourth of the stuff that Woz is. I'm more curious about what he holds all of this stuff (and how he's able to haul it all around) than what's in there.
Woz's backpack brings new meaning to "overpacking" originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 17 Jul 2012 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak spoke at a recent conference in Chile, and perhaps the most interesting thing he said was that he is looking forward to Microsoft's new Surface tablet. Yes, there's something about Microsoft's consumer-focused attempt at making a tablet computer (maybe the case with a keyboard or the built-in stand) that has caught Woz's eye. And he says that not only do Microsoft's latest offerings "have such a strikingly good visual appearance," but Woz also joked that maybe "Steve Jobs came back reincarnated at Microsoft."
We don't know about that one, but obviously Woz was joking around. And the fact that Woz wants a device that seems aimed at directly competing with Apple isn't new at all -- even when the iPhone was brand new, Woz was happy to carry around at least three iPhones and a few smartphones besides. What can we say -- the guy likes the latest and greatest tech, no matter who's making it. As he says, "I prefer to judge things I really know and not just what I've read about."
Woz wants a Surface originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 10 Jul 2012 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Reader Sarah Bailey of the North East Ohio Apple Corps sent us the video below of Steve Wozniak talking about the then-new Macintosh and lots of other Apple (and early computing) lore when he visited the Cleveland Apple club back in 1984. It's always great to see these old videos digitized for posterity, and this one is chock full of Apple stories.
The video is nearly two hours long, so grab a snack, get comfy and settle in for a slice of computing history.
1984 Steve Wozniak visit to NEOAC from NEOAC MUG on Vimeo.
Rare video of Woz from 1984 talking about computing, joining Apple and the Mac originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Sun, 24 Jun 2012 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
A rare piece of Apple history is no longer on the market. Last Friday, Auction house Sotheby's sold a working Apple I computer for US$374,500. The vintage computer sold for more than twice its estimated value after a bidding war broke out between two bidders, according to a CNN Money report. The lucky winner was an anonymous telephone bidder who will walk away with one of only six known units. Apple originally produced 50 Apple I's and the other 44 are missing.
Also on the auction block was a letter Steve Jobs sent to Atari. The letter sold for $27,500, which like the Apple I was significantly more than it was valued.
Vintage Apple I sells for $375,000 originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Mon, 18 Jun 2012 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Josh Gad is in talks to play Steve Wozniak in Jobs, the independent film staring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs. Gad is best known for his starring role in the South Park creators' musical "Book of Mormon." He is also a correspondent for The Daily Show and has appeared in feature films such as Love and Other Drugs.
Jobs will be shot on a shoestring budget of around US$5 million beginning next month in Texas. The film will chart the story of Steve Jobs from his days as a teenager to when he founded Apple -- and perhaps up to his return to the company in 1997, depending which reports of the script are accurate. The Ashton Kutcher-led Jobs film is not to be confused with Sony's official adaptation of Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography, which is due out late this year.
Ashton Kutcher is set to portray a young Steve Jobs in Joshua Michael Stern’s upcoming indie biopic movie, and now it looks like Steve Wozniak may be played by Broadway star Josh Gad.
Gad, who is currently in talks to play the part, is best known for his starring role in the Tony-award winning musical The Book of Mormon. He also recently starred in Love and Other Drugs, alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway.
The movie, which chronicle Steve Jobs’ early life as he transforms from hippie college dropout to the founder of Apple computers, is set to start shooting in May.
Steve Wozniak was the co-founder of Apple along with Jobs, and he was responsible for designing the operating systems for Apple’s first computers. Though the two were initially close, they drifted apart and shared a rocky relationship in later years.
[via The Hollywood Reporter]
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Steve Wozniak is first in line for the iPhone 4S at the Apple store in Los Gatos, California and TechCrunch caught up with the Apple co-founder to conduct a quick interview. TechCrunch asked him the one question everyone wants to know - why does he wait in line when he could get one shipped to his house? Not surprisingly, Woz says he joins everyone in an overnight wait because he enjoys both the experience of the wait and the excitement surrounding a new piece of technology.
He also talks about Siri, a new feature he considers to be the future of technology. He explains how he is tired of tapping on everything and looks forward to seeing how Apple has advanced this technology. Head over to TechCrunch for the full interview.
Woz praises the iPhone 4S on TCTV originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Fri, 14 Oct 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple co-founder Ronald Wayne's autobiography Adventures of an Apple Founder is now available in the iBookstore.
Who is Ronald Wayne?
Many Apple fans know the story of a young Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, busily working in the Jobs family garage in the 1970s. That effort would lead to the Apple we know today, with each man being credited as Apple co-founder.
There was a third party, too, whose name is less synonymous with Apple. Ronald Wayne was the young company's "adult supervision," and drew the very first logo and wrote the manual for the Apple I. Plus, he drew up the original partnership agreement between Jobs and Woz.
I'm sure those stories and more are in Adventures of an Apple Founder. He left the company a short time later, and he explains why he does not regret the decision in the book.
Those interested in Apple's history will want to pick it up. While you're at it, why not buy iWoz and Steve Jobs for the trifecta?
Ronald Wayne's autobiography now in the iBookstore originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Tue, 06 Sep 2011 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak spoke with Byte magazine after Steve Jobs -- Woz's former partner -- publicly resigned. Right at the beginning of the interview, Woz describes the sacrifices Jobs has had to make with this own time and attention during his term at Apple:
"...I mean, just your time, everybody wants you day and night, that's what I mean by sacrifices. It takes so much out of anyone to be under just constant pressure and demands like that. Steve needs now to just have some 'Steve time.' He deserves it."
Further, Woz feels Apple's culture, success and fan base will remain intact as Jobs departs. In particular, Woz says, that's due to the team that remains at Apple. "[Steve Jobs] was surrounded by great, great people at Apple ... and those people are still there. I don't think the core Apple culture will change because of (Jobs') leaving, not for a long time."
It's always good to hear from Woz, especially amid such surprising news.
[Via Cult of Mac]
Woz on Steve: "He deserves some 'Steve time'" originally appeared on TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Thu, 25 Aug 2011 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
An original Apple-1 sprung back to life during a presentation at the Polytechnic University of Turin in Italy this week. Hand-built by a then young Steve Wozniak, the vintage computer was purchased by Mark Bogle for US$211,000 as part of a high-profile Christie's auction. Despite its age of 35 years, the computer booted smoothly with the help of an oscilloscope to check the wave function of the clock, an NTSC monitor to display text and a MacBook Pro to send a simple BASIC program to the Apple-1's BASIC interpreter. Much to the amusement of the crowd, the Apple-1 displayed the words Hello Polito, a charming reference to the Polytechnic University.