On this day 47 years ago, Paul Terrell opened the Byte Shop, one of the world's first personal computer retail stores. founded Apple Computer.
Paul Terrell opened the original Byte Shop in Mountain View, California on December 8th. , 1975. As a computer lover and businessman, he sought to popularize both the home PC market and hobbyists, who at that time practically did not exist.
As the story goes, a few months after the opening, Terrell was approached by Steve Jobs of the Byte Shop, offering to sell him a circuit board kit called the Apple-1. Initially, Jobs intended the machine to be a sort of self-assembly computer. Buyers will have to solder the necessary chips onto the circuit board and integrate their own keyboard, mouse, display and power supply. Something that would be totally aimed at hobbyists.
Terrell was intrigued by the idea, but was already having trouble selling the kits he had. In a move that defined the future of Apple and the entire personal computer industry, he told Jobs that he would be interested in selling them in his store if they were fully assembled. Terrell promised to buy 50 at $500 each cash on delivery.
Jobs and Woz delivered a decrepit-looking Apple-1 computer (which eventually came with a wooden case, keyboard, and power supply) to Terrell in July 1976 . It went on sale for $666.66 ($3,573 inflation-adjusted). Today they go for insane amounts of money. One coveted Apple-1 hand number by Steve Jobs is currently up for auction and is expected to top $375,000.
Insisting that the Apple-1 be sold as a fully assembled computer, or something close to it To do this, Paul Terrell set Jobs and Wozniak in the direction of creating products that would be uniquely accessible and convenient for everyone. A concept carried over to the Apple II and still alive today.
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