Great feature by Devin Coldewey for TechCrunch on Steve Jobs’s souped-up Apple I:
The Apple I, you may or may not remember, wasn’t much of a hit.
Only 200 were made — by hand — and it wasn’t long before the
company put its hopes in the Apple II, which would go on to be
more popular by far. One of the Is, however, Jobs kept in his
office as a demo machine for industry people.
When Jobs left in 1985 he left in a hurry, and this I was left
behind on a shelf. Don Hutmacher, one of the company’s first
employees, grabbed it and it stayed in his possession until he
passed away last year. His wife generously allowed the museum to
take care of it, and you can imagine their gratitude.
Because the Apple I didn’t have a ROM, and Jobs didn’t want to
have to program it from scratch any time someone wanted to see it
in action, he had a custom EPROM attached to it that initialized
the computer with BASIC when it started up. Its RAM, the
engineering team suspects, was also augmented so it didn’t run out
and crash during the demo.
And because it was Jobs’s, it had a nice case, too. Of course.