Submitted by Tom Owad on December 18, 2003 - 8:03pm
The Apple /// (code name: SARA) was the first computer ever
designed from the ground-up by Apple Computer as a company. It
included many of the "extras" one had to buy separately for the Apple
//: an 80 column card, a serial card, larger memory, etc. In
addition, it came with the most advanced operating system for small
computers of its day: SOS or the Sophisticated Operating System. So
good, in fact, that Apple later based its ProDos Operating System for
the Apple //e, //c, and //gs on SOS. The Macintosh's HFS, or
Heirarchical Filing System was also based on a similar system that
was part of SOS.
Submitted by Tom Owad on December 17, 2003 - 6:34pm
Apple Computer was founded on April 1, 1976, by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ron Wayne. The Apple I was introduced at the Homebrew Computer Club in May with Paul Terrell of the Byte Shop ordering 50 units at $500 apiece.
Joe Torzewski purchased his Apple 1 in 1977, direct from Apple and not long after the initial introduction. He was an engineer, like most early buyers of personal computers. Joe chose the Apple 1 over the competing S-100 sytems largly due to the integrated design. Problems with the S-100 bus were plentiful, whereas the Apple 1 already had everything onboard.
Submitted by Tom Owad on December 17, 2003 - 6:30pm
The Apple I Owners Club web site was over a year in the making. Photographs had to be taken, documents had to be scanned and converted to text, and the information had to be compiled. We have collected over 70 megabytes of data about the Apple I. Needless to say, that's quite a bit of information and if you're not familiar with the Apple I, can be very hard to sift through.
To assist in this process, we've created this tour. At the bottom of every page, you will find a set of arrows such as these:
These arrows will help you navigate through the Apple I site. Follow the green forward arrow and will see every page of the Apple I site, presented in logical order. If you find that the information on a certain page is not of interest to you, the yellow button can be used to skip ahead to the next sub-category and the red button to the next category. Many of the categories do not have sub-categories, in which case the yellow button produces the same results as the red. The yellow button will likely be of most value in the software and letters sections where the it will allow you to skip ahead to letters/programs of another person, whereas the red button will take you entirely out of the letters or programs section.