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1976 Polaroids of an Apple-1 Resurface 120

Posted by timothy
from the instant-but-slow dept.
harrymcc writes "In 1976, Paul Terrell, owner of the Byte Shop in Mountain View, California, placed an order for 50 Apple-1 computers, becoming Apple's first dealer. Over at TIME.com, I've published three Polaroid snapshots of the Apple-1 which Terrell shot at the time. They're fascinating history, and it's possible they're the oldest surviving photos of Apple products."
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1976 Polaroids of an Apple-1 Resurface

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  • by dadelbunts (1727498) on Saturday November 24, 2012 @03:20AM (#42080185)
    They are actually new photos with new instagram filters.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 24, 2012 @03:25AM (#42080203)

    WTF is with these crappy Instagram photos! I am shocked, SHOCKED, that hipsters were ruining important photos this far back, this kind of nonsense must end.

  • by Tablizer (95088) on Saturday November 24, 2012 @03:35AM (#42080231) Homepage Journal

    Ahhh, look at the cute baby Apple

  • by supersat (639745) on Saturday November 24, 2012 @03:51AM (#42080277)
    Oh come on... these polaroids look MUCH better than Instagram photos!
  • by maxwell demon (590494) on Saturday November 24, 2012 @04:10AM (#42080349) Journal

    Look at the old keyboard in the pic. It's a bit sad to realize that it was probably far better than Apple's current stuff,

    You know, currently Apple is famous for products which don't have a keyboard at all.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 24, 2012 @09:33AM (#42081153)

    The original iPhone, probably even the very first prototype working with the underclocked ARM, has a processing speed at least --ball-parking-- five times faster than all the Apple I manufactured by Apple ever. At the retail level, we only get a few choices in buying a new computer from anywhere... limited sizes, limited configurations, limited classes of accessories, and makers obfuscate the actual processing power. I'd like to be able to give my specs (this processing power at this size, with only this software, these interfaces and accessories, and nothing superfluous) and have them filled by the available technology... not told what size or choice of 5 configurations of computer I am expecting as a customer. Office towers, the now iconic 2'x2'x6"(-ish) boxes taking up a considerable amount of office space... just... why? ... when something the size of an apple, the delicious fruit, can have the processing density needed to fulfill what most users strictly need. I wish the manufacturing brand giants would consider offering true custom ordering and dedicate resources to solving the obvious issues of massive amounts of distinct orders. (Who knows? What if, say, within a million custom orders, the configurations would all fall into some tangibly producible and profitable business paradigm... so now there might be 15 distinct configs offered, and it's discovered there's only 489 configurations of precisely what the customer exactly wants. It might make sense to be the first to tackle the 50 most desired configurations of those... and work towards profitably covering most of the kinds of custom orders that are made. The cost of complexities involved in making a massive fully custom shop efficient would be covered by the volume of orders stolen from other mass produced systems.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.

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