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Functioning Apple-1 Computer Expected to Collect $300K in Auction

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The machine that helped launch a trillion-dollar company is up for auction.

A working Apple-1 computer—complete with original operation manual—will be available for live bidding next month.

Also known as the Apple I and Apple Computer 1, the desktop device was released by the Apple Computer Company in 1976 for an oddly demonic $666.66 (about $2,953 in 2018).

Originally conceived by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak as a bare circuit board—part of a DIY kit for hobbyists—the Apple-1 quickly became one of the first personal computers that did not require soldering by the end user.

Wozniak designed and hand-built about 200 units, all but 25 of which sold within ten months. As of 2013, only 63 Apple-1 computers remained in existence (most were destroyed as part of a trade-in program when the Apple II launched).

And one of them is about to hit the auction block.

Restored to its original state by Apple-1 expert Corey Cohen, the system operated without fault for about eight hours, according to Boston-based seller RR Auction. Cohen estimates its current condition as 8.5-out-of-10.

Unlike many of its siblings, this board has not been modified; the prototype area is clean and unused, RR Auction boasted.

“The Apple-1 is not only a marvel of early computing ingenuity, but the product that launched what is today one of the most valuable and successful companies in the world,” the auction house said.

Pre-live bidding opens Sept. 13 and ends Sept. 24 at 12 p.m. ET. Live bidding begins Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. ET via phone or online.

The “invaluable” Apple-1 is estimated to sell for $300,000-plus.

A bit too rich for your blood? Check out the rest of RR Auction’s Apple treasures, including Steve Jobs’ yearbook ($200+), Steve Jobs’ signed Time cover ($15,000+), and the famed ‘1984’ Superbowl ad Betamax tap ($10,000+).

Apple-1 computers have previously been auctioned off for various amounts—from $126,000 to $360,000.

Expect big Apple news soon, as the company gears up for its regular autumn product releases. Bringing old and new Apple tech together is fun to watch. You can still party like it’s 1983 with a look back at vintage Apple tech. In the meantime, stay up to date with all things Cupertino here.

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Published image smart speakers Apple HomePod new generation

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Apple introduced the smart column HomePod in 2017. Last year the system was upgraded this year are expected to release new models. It may well be that in the schematic below shows such a new HomePod.

Опубликованы изображения умной колонки Apple HomePod нового поколения

The image was published in the database of the world intellectual property organization (World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO) a week ago. Column the pictures seem a little thinner and higher than the current version, but the overall design will remain. But features and capabilities will certainly increase. For example, a few days ago, there is evidence that the HomePod new generation will get the facial recognition technology and gestures.

According to preliminary data, the new HomePod will be released in September this year.

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Casanova will promote Apple products on the market augmented reality

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Frank Casanova (Frank Casanova), with 30 years experience and was previously for the iPhone marketing in partner channels, appointed senior Director of Apple’s global product marketing category of Augmented Reality (AR). This is evidenced by the new title, his profile on LinkedIn.

Казанова будет продвигать продукцию Apple на рынке дополненной реальности

According to Bloomberg, “Apple’s decision to first appoint the head of product marketing for AR stresses the importance of technology in finding new major products”.

An Apple representative did not comment on the new appointment.

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Apple Fixes FaceTime Flaw, Compensates Teen Who Found It

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Apple on Thursday rolled out the iOS 12.1.4 update to fix a Group FaceTime bug that let users hear audio of the callee before they answer.

iDevice owners should upgrade their operating system ASAP to avoid prying eyes—and ears.

First reported by 9to5Mac last week, the glitch made it easy to eavesdrop on contacts. Simply start a FaceTime video chat, swipe up from the bottom to choose “Add Person,” type in your own phone number, and listen.

Before the patch, hackers could overhear anything the person’s mobile microphone picked up, not to mention see anything their front-facing camera detected.

Now, after more than a week offline, Cupertino has reinstated Group FaceTime, sans unintentional spyware.

The update is available for iPhone 5S and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation.

Release notes claim a “logic issue existed” in Group FaceTime, which was fixed “with improved state management.” As of Thursday evening, Apple’s System Status page noted the app had been restored.

The tech titan credited Daven Morris of Arlington, Texas, as well as Catalina Foothills High School student Grant Thompson—who with his mother Michele led Apple to turn off group chat during its investigation.

In return, the firm will compensate the Thompson family and make a monetary gift toward 14-year-old Grant’s education, according to Reuters, which did not publish exact figures.

It’s been a rough week for Apple, which faces multiple lawsuits and questions from lawmakers over the FaceTime incident.

Add to that the headline-making news that some iOS apps record users’ activity without permission, blatantly skirting Apple’s guidelines, and you’ve got what I’d call a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad start to 2019.

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