back to article At $1k a page, take care when RTFM: Apple-1 documentation sells for nearly $13,000 at auction

If you needed a manual for your Apple-1, you've missed your chance. Some other well-heeled fanboi is 12 pages richer and nearly $13k poorer. The booklet was originally expected to go for $10k but such is the determination of Apple fans to spend money on the company's products, the dozen pages of Woz-wisdom actually went for $ …

  1. Daniel Hall
    Facepalm

    Thank you

    For the really small image of the manual. Really helpful. Thanks.

    Cheers.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Thank you

      It's Apple, do you want to get sued ?

      1. Paul Herber Silver badge

        Re: Thank you

        I can almost read an RTS mnemonic somewhere in the listing.

        However, there's also a mention of RTS in the 6502 Assembler Cookbook, so I should be ok.

      2. Captain Scarlet Silver badge
        Trollface

        Re: Thank you

        --> Please notice the Troll Icon -->

        Stop right there, no rounded corners it can't be from Apple.

        ITS A FAKE OR A PHOTOCOPY!

        --> Please notice the Troll Icon -->

    2. FastOlly

      Re: Thank you

      Ctrl +

    3. MrBanana
      Facepalm

      Re: Thank you

      If you can actually read, rather than just look at pictures, then you would see the comment in the article regarding the PDF copies being freely available on the web.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Thank you

      It's perfectly legible - if you can't read it, then you must be looking at it wrong

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The Apple II manual was a much better read..

    Just found an old Apple II manual in a storage box. Still in pretty good shape. Not a II Plus or IIe manual. The original II. After a quick search found a copy of the Apple I manual online. Its a bit of a head scratcher.

    I know 6502 and even rewrote a Z80 monitor and reading through the 6502 source for the Apple I monitor reminds me of the first time I opened up the hardware schematic for the Apple II motherboard and tried to work out what the hell Woz was doing with a lot of the 74 / 74LS lines. About 95% of the 74LS lines where going to the expected places on the board but there were are a whole bunch of lines where it was a - WFT is he doing here. Never did work out some of them.

    Then there was the first Disk II we opened up and tried to work out how it worked from the circuit diagram.

    Pure voodoo.

    1. P. Lee Silver badge

      Re: The Apple II manual was a much better read..

      I do remember opening up our disk II drives and using a screwdriver to adjust the speed of the drive until Locksmith4.1 could make backups of some of the trickier software which passed by.

      Happy days!

  3. karlkarl Bronze badge

    $13,000 is fairly cheap for such a detailed hardware manual.

    I have a broken 3 year old dell laptop that I was trying to re-purpose the LCD screen for a Raspberry PI. I called up dell and asked if I could get a technical hardware manual for just that small board and they simply said that unless I was a company and would pay a lot of money they would not share any schematics.

    Obviously a crap Dell laptop manual is sodding priceless in comparison.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      If only...

      "$13,000 is fairly cheap for such a detailed hardware manual."

      I've still got a 510 page BBC Micro Advanced User Guide, which came with a circuit diagram of the main PCB. If only someone would pay me $1000 a page for it.

  4. FlamingDeath Bronze badge

    Who

    Fucking cares

    The idiot human will assign value to any old junk, including scraps of paper that is of very little historical significance or value

    Basically, humans are fucking stupid and allegedly being a member of said species is a fucking embarrassment

    In the word of Frito

    “I like money”

    1. AIBailey Silver badge

      In the word of Frito

      “I like money”

      Surely that was Eugene H. Krabs?*

      * - if you're not sure, ask a kid.

    2. Mayday Silver badge
      Stop

      Re: Who

      Well. Don't buy it then.

      Any item is only worth as much as someone is willing and prepared to pay for it. If someone wants to pay $13k for a book or $300M on a painting (https://www.jackson-pollock.org/number-5.jsp) then there you go. Likewise you can find a PDF for the manual for free, go to a kindy and get a 5yo to do some finger painting and you can also drive a Mazda in preference to a Rolls Royce if you wish or that's all you can do.

      Mind you, I dont want to spend $13k on a manual and if I had $300M I wouldnt spend it on a painting but there you also go.

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