Apple-1 - what a long way we've come

Who would have thought that a personal computer consisting of not much more than a circuit board would sell for vast amounts of money some 30 years later? Literally sold from Steve Jobs parent’s garage the Apple-1 sold in 1976 for around $600 and yet today at a Christie's auction in New York is expected to sell for between $400-600k. Incredible! Difficult to imagine, but at the time the world was wowed by the fact that the Apple-1 (by the way you had to source your own keyboard and make, or buy a cabinet to put it in) could represent very basic graphics, do word processing and of course it also allowed you play games – all within the comfort of your own home.

What a long way we have come since those times of no smart phones, email, social media, etc., to where we are today embarking on the crazy world of so called ‘wearables’, drones and the ever increasing use of the Internet of Things (IoT). Unlike the poor old dinosaurs, human beings have always been good at adapting and undoubtedly we will learn to live with even more ‘always on’ technology and take the value from these technological developments to our advantage, but it all seems an awful long way from the days when we were excited to hear the simple pings and squelches from the likes of Pacman and Mario…