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Apr 22, 2012
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RARE - BOXED APPLE LISA 1 COMPUTER SYSTEM - COMPLETE, RESTORED, & WORKING !
Steve Jobs' vision of "The Computer of the Future" began with "Lisa"...
Steve Jobs wanted to create art in the form of technology. Like Andy Warhol, Steve wanted to "manufacture" art. If one was to think of
a finished computer (product) as a form of art, then each piece of technology produced by Apple, under the vision of Steve jobs, should be
a "print"... or a "masterpiece". The Lisa 1 Computer was Steve Jobs' first "masterpiece". The original Macintosh was his second.
The Apple Lisa was Steve Jobs' vision of the computer of the future. The development of the Apple Lisa spanned 4 years, 1979-1983.
Steve Jobs had apparently named the Apple Lisa computer after his own daughter who was born in 1978, Lisa Brennan-Jobs. If you
look closely at the Lisa's all-in-one design, you will see many similarities when compared to later Macintosh and iMac computer designs.
The Lisa is, in essence, the personal computer that revolutionized how we use computers today - with pull-down menus, and click-on icons.
The extensive research and development that Steve Jobs and Apple invested into this computer in the early 1980's is why Apple was always
light years ahead of anyone else with this form of technology today. It is quite remarkable how they were able to maintain this edge over the
last 30 years, putting ease of use and simplicity first in their product designs.
The Apple Lisa computer cost Apple so much money, time, and resources, that it apparently put Apple into some financial difficulty.
Steve, wanting to improve and prefect the Lisa more and more, was getting pressured to release the product by Apple's shareholders.
This caused then CEO John Sculley to force Steve from the Lisa project in 1982. The Lisa 1 was released shortly thereafter in January 1983.
Steve then went on to start up the Macintosh team in retaliation, where the first "Mac" was developed and produced. It was based on a scaled-down
version of the Lisa computer, and was released alongside the revised "Lisa 2" computer in January 1984. The original Macintosh computer was
supposed to have a 5.25" Twiggy disk drive just like the Lisa 1 computer, but due to the Twiggy drives not being reliable, the Lisa 2 and Macintosh
shipped with a newer 3.25" 400k micro diskette drive. All Lisa 1 Twiggy drives and face plates were recalled.
THE APPLE LISA 1 COMPUTER IS SO RARE BECAUSE:
* Announced in January 1983, It did not ship until July 1983. It was discontinued in January 1984, 6 months later.
* Its original cost in 1983 was $10,000 US (approx. $23,031 US in 2012 dollars) making it a tough sell to customers.
* Apple offered all Lisa 1 owners a FREE upgrade to a Lisa 2, with a 400k Sony 3.5" disk drive, in 1984. Almost everybody went for this upgrade.
* Apple recalled all Lisa 1 specific parts (Face plate & Twiggy disk drives) back from its authorized service centers and had them destroyed/disposed of.
* There are only about 30 known examples of the Apple Lisa 1 computer in existence today!!!
* The Apple Lisa was a landmark in computing history, being the first personal computer available with a mouse & GUI (Graphical User Interface).
* The release of the Lisa 1 computer in January 1983 actually pre-dates the Macintosh by 1 year, and Microsoft Windows 1.0 by almost 3 years!
The Apple Lisa was the programming platform for the first Macintosh or Mac, as they both used a Motorola 68000 CPU.
I purchased this computer from it's original owner in July of 2002.
PLEASE SEE ALL PHOTOS BELOW!
All plastic panels have been carefully removed and fully cleaned. They all have matching tone, and have some slight yellowing
They do have some water damage on the outside, but are still good and sturdy (no mold).
* A working Apple Lisa 1 Computer (with 2 x 5.25"TWIGGY floppy drives) + original box & foam inserts
Due to age and extreme rarity, this computer is sold "as-is" with no warranty or returns.
*REMINDER* I will charge only actual shipping costs and will refund any difference back to you.
AN AMAZING ADDITION TO YOUR VINTAGE COMPUTER MUSEUM OR COLLECTION!
Steve Jobs together with his daughter Lisa.