Apple corps today revealed that they had found a way to build a complete computer that retails at 99 cents, for sale to the developing world. At the launch, Apple Corps chairman Steve Jobs said, "We are pleased to be competing with Intel for the cheap laptop market. Our new machine does have the odd flaw, but I'm sure with future revisions, we can put that right."
The new computer has a Motorola 68000 chip salvaged from an old Commodore Amiga, 8k of RAM as standard, and a rubber keyboard similar to those used by the Sinclair Spectrum.
The computer has been criticised by the computing media as being slow, not having enough memory and runs Basic as an operating system.
When asked about the technical specification, Mr Jobs said, "The computer may be slow, but what do you expect for 99 cents? We have put many man-hours of thought into the design, and many, many pieces of second-hand machines have been used. It's a triumph of engineering."
The computer comes without monitor, which is $90 as an optional extra, and a tape recorder is used for data saving, another option at $9.
"Even if you take all our optional extras, the whole package comes in at $99.99, which is still cheaper than the $100 laptop," Mr Jobs stated.
Bill Gates was not available for comment yesterday, as apparently he was in hospital, having broken two ribs laughing.