The device that paved the way for Apple: Jobs and Woz’s 1972 ‘blue box’ up for auction

Daily Mail:

The ground-breaking digital blue box was developed by Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak in 1972 and was the inventor’s first printed circuit board.

But the box was actually a hacking device that fooled a phone company’s switchboard by reproducing its specific tones.

As a result, the user was able to get free overseas phone calls in an era when making a long-distance call was hugely expensive.

Click through to the post. Some terrific pics and a video of Steve Jobs telling the blue box story. This is a piece of history I would love to own.



  • brucej

    Notice how they managed to imply that Apple was “fraudulent” four or five times in that story…a story about a device that existed years before Apple was founded.

    I think that sets some kind of record for Apple-bashing.

    • edsug

      I came here to say the same thing. Finally revealed, “Apple’s fraudulent beginnings.” What bullshit.