HP turned down Wozniak’s original designs for Apple I five times

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said that his former employer HP had rejected his original design for the Apple I PC five times. Steve Wozniak, who is also called the Woz, shared his experience last week during his tour to soon-to-reopen Computer History Museum.

The Woz further said that he hadn't designed Apple I PC with an intention to pocket a lot of money. He said he had given the designs for free. It may be noted here that a London-based auction house sold a rare Apple I PC for a whopping $174,000.

According to Woz, the Apple iPhone is the current peak of computing progress. Speaking about an early adding machine, Woz added, "we wouldn't have our iPhones today if we hadn't started with devices like this."

Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, will exhibit "Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing" starting January 13. The first of its kind exhibition will feature an exceptional collection of historical computers and other related devices.

There will be 19 separate galleries that will exhibit more than 1,000 rare objects. Visitors will be able to see every invention in the computing world, ranging from the abacus to the internet. The list of inventions to be exhibit include early technology such as Herman Hollerith's punch-card tabulating machine, which he had designed for the 1980 census, and modern technology like that of Apple II PC.

Charles Babbage's un-built, hand-cranked computing machine Difference Engine No. 2 from 19th century, IBM's huge hard drives from 1950s and a big Honeywell console from the 1960s will be among the other rare technologies to be displayed.