Inside the Collection

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Photograph of Steve jobs co-founder of Apple
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The Museum is saddened to hear the news of Steve Jobs passing.

He will forever be immortalized in the Museum with the acquisition of an Apple I computer we acquired last year.

The Apple I was designed, manufactured and sold by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak in the mid 1970s and launched the Apple Computer Company. The Apple I is rare with around 50 surviving examples in public and private collections worldwide surviving from a production run of approximately 200.

In an environment dominated by computer kits with cumbersome input and output devices the two Steves’ Apple I represented a significant step towards a marketable personal computer. Steve Wozniak’s design for the Apple I employs an elegant economy of component architecture to perform the tasks of processing, generating video output and refreshing memory simultaneously and was easily connected to a keyboard. These differences made the Apple I’s usability vastly simpler and its cost dramatically lower. This combination of features made the Apple I a product of interest to a wider community of users. Many would view the Apple I as the first personal computer.

The story of the two Steves and the Apple Computer Company is a reiteration of the American Dream (that anyone can make it big). The combination of Wozniak, the engineering wiz and Jobs, the entrepreneur, visionary, showman and risk taker saw and realised a future for the personal computer in an industry dominated by large computer corporations and office machine manufacturers.

RIP Steve, you will forever be remembered and admired for your brilliant achievements.

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