A law professor from a New York university has discovered his old Apple Mac computer in his family home.
Professor John Pfaff had found a dusty Apple IIe, the third model in the Apple II series launched in 1983, hidden in the old attic.
The surprise find was shared on social media as the academic discovered it was still in full working order, even able to load a previously saved version of the game from decades past.
On his Twitter account, Professor Pfaff posted pictures of the games that were available on the computer, including one called ‘Neuromancer’ and another called Olympic decathlon, with a copyright from 1981.
A number of games were found on the computer, including ‘Olympic Decathlon’, a game where the user raced around a track. Another was ‘Neuromancer’ from 1988, a sci-fi adventure game based on a book of the same name that was written in 1984 by author William Gibson
The professor, from Fordham University in New York, posted his discovery on Saturday, writing on Twitter: ‘Oh. My. God. An Apple IIe. Sat in my parents’ attic for years. Decades. And it works. Put in an old game disk. Asks if I want to restore a saved game. And finds one! It must be 30 years old. I’m 10 years old again.’
The academic also found an old letters on the computer typed by his father who passed away last year.
‘My dad passed away almost exactly a year ago. It’s amazing to come across something so “ordinary” from him’, he posted with a screenshot of the letter from the computer.
The computer had a number of games such as ‘Olympic Decathlon’, a running track game, as well as ‘Neuromancer’, a 1989 sci-fi game based on a book of the same name.
Professor John Pfaff had found the dusty Apple IIe (pictured), the third model in the Apple II series launched in 1983, in his parent’s attic
A New York law professor discovered an old Apple Mac computer (pictured) from the attic of his family home in perfect working condition. On it he found old letters typed by his father who passed away last year as well games including one he was in the middle of playing and saved
The Apple IIe was one of most long-standing computers of the Apple II series, being sold for over ten years and introduced at a price of £1,000-2,000 ($1298-2638) The ‘e’ in the name stands for ‘enhanced’
The computer included new keyboard features such as directional cursor keys, and the Tab and Delete keys. Second hand versions of the computer is available to buy online on websites like ebay at a price range of £400-500
Professor Pfaff was even able to restore a game of ‘Adventureland’ which he was apparently in the middle of playing but had saved the version.
The Apple IIe was one of most long-standing computers of the Apple II series, being sold for over ten years and introduced at a price of £1,000-2,000 ($1298-2638)
The ‘e’ in the name stands for ‘enhanced’.
The computer included new keyboard features such as directional cursor keys, and the Tab and Delete keys.
Second hand versions of the computer is available to buy online at a price range of £400-500.
THE TRILLION DOLLAR RISE OF APPLE
The company’s journey to the summit of the technology industry has been a rocky one, having seen Jobs (pictured right in 1976) leave the firm in the mid-1980s after his pet project, the first Macintosh computer, struggled and he attempted to oust then chief executive John Sculley. Wozniak is pictured left
1976: Founders Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne created the company on April 1 1976 as they set about selling computer kits to hobbyists, each of which was built by Wozniak.
The first product was the Apple I.
1977: Apple released the Apple II in June, which was the first PC made for the mass market.
1981: Jobs became chairman.
1984: The Macintosh was introduced during an ad break for the Super Bowl and later officially unveiled during a launch event. It was discontinued a year later and Jobs left the firm.
1987: Apple released the Macintosh II, the first colour Mac.
1997: Apple announces it will acquire NeXT software in a $400 million deal that involves Jobs returning to Apple as interim CEO. He officially took the role in 2000.
2001: Apple introduced iTunes, OS X and the first-generation iPod.
The first iPod MP3 music player was released on October 23, 2001, at an event in Cupertino and was able to hold up to 1,000 songs.
Steve Jobs unveils Apple Computer Corporation’s new Macintosh February 6, 1984 in California.
The then Chief Executive Officer of Apple, Steve Jobs, with the iPhone
2007: Apple unveils the iPhone.
2010: The first iPad was unveiled.
2011: Jobs resigned in 2011 due to illness, handing the CEO title to Tim Cook. Job died in October from pancreatic cancer.
2014: Apple unveiled the Apple Watch. It also unveiled its first larger iPhones – the 6 and 6 Plus.
2015: After purchasing Beats from Dr Dre, Apple launched Apple Music to compete with Spotify and other music streaming services.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs speaks at an Apple event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.
2016: Apple returned to its roots and announced the 4-inch iPhone SE. Meanwhile, the firm is embroiled in a legal battle with the FBI, involving the agency demanding access to the locked phone used by Syed Farook, who died in a shootout after carrying out a deadly December attack in San Bernardino, California with his wife. The court order was dropped on March 28 after the FBI said a third party was able to unlock the device.
2017: Apple introduces the iPhone X, which removes the home button to make way for a futuristic edge-to-edge screen design and a new FaceID system that uses advanced sensors and lasers to unlock phones with just the owner’s face.
2018: In a first for the company, Apple introduces new features in its latest operating system, iOS 12, that encourage users to manage and spend less time on their devices. The move was spawned by a strongly worded letter from shareholders that urged the firm to address the growing problem of smartphone addiction among kids and teenagers.