Those who are a hardcore fan of Apple can now get this vintage Apple computer Lisa 1 for US$55,000. The computer has been auctioned on eBay recently and it is being said that the computer is still in the working condition. Apple’s Lisa 1 was introduced in the market in 1983. It was named after Steve Job’s daughter. This was Apple’s very first computer which had a graphical user interface.
Lisa 1 was indeed a game changer in design back in the time. The concepts that it used are still present in today’s machines. For example overlapping windows, pull-down menus, drag-and-drop, and the recycle bin. The machine was extremely expensive and hence it flopped commercially. It cost US$150 million to develop Lisa 1 and the company sold only 10,000 units for US$10,000 each. After three years, the machine was pulled off of the market.
Steve Jobs was removed from the Lisa 1 project so that he can focus on the Apple’s new endeavor the ‘Macintosh.’ The Auction Team Breker said that the complete Lisa 1 is very rare since Apple offered the Lisa 1 owners a free upgrade to Lisa 2. It replaced the front panels and Twiggy drivers. According to the team, only 30 to 100 Lisa 1 machines exist today all over the world.
The seller writes in the post that. “This Lisa 1 is optically and technically in excellent condition. Both twiggy drives are working and spinning perfectly. As seen in the video I tested the drives with a Lisa Test disc and everything seems to work just fine.”
Here is a clip of the machine shared by the current owner. If you really are Apple’s fan and also have some spare cash, you can also bid for the machine on eBay.