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Contar la historia de la informatics de consumo a través de “los éxitos y fracasos” de Apple This is the objective of the creator of the museum of products of the apple brand that has just opened in Warsaw.

“It is the largest and most complete collection of Apple in the world,” said Jacek Lupina, a 56-year-old professional architect and graphic designer, passionate about Apple products.

Jacek Lupina, owner and creator of the recently inaugurated Museo Apple, poses for a photo with an old Mac computer in the museum of Warsaw.  (Photo: AFP)
Jacek Lupina, owner and creator of the recently inaugurated Museo Apple, poses for a photo with an old Mac computer in the museum of Warsaw. (Photo: AFP) / WOJTEK RADWANSKI

Located in Norblina Factory, an old red brick factory converted into a commercial and entertainment center in the center of the Polish capital, The Apple Museum of Poland exhibits more than 1,600 products from the famous American company, obtenidos en auctions en todo el mundo.

The Apple II computers are on display at the recently inaugurated Apple Museum in Warsaw.  (Photo: AFP)
The Apple II computers are on display at the recently inaugurated Apple Museum in Warsaw. (Photo: AFP) / WOJTEK RADWANSKI

Around the entrance, a replica of the Apple 1, the first personal computer sold in 1976 by the founders of the brand, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, rests in a caja de caoba.

A replica of an Apple 1 computer is on display at the Apple Museum.  (Photo: AFP)
A replica of an Apple 1 computer is on display at the Apple Museum. (Photo: AFP) / WOJTEK RADWANSKI

The 200 manufactured units originally sold for $666.66 as part of an equipment. To armarlo, the user had to add a case, a power supply, a keyboard and a screen.

“My ambition was that the visitors to this museum could see how the beginnings were, the primitive, the simple: ¡la caja del Apple 1 era de madera! Nada que ver con lo que conocemos hoy en día,” explained Lupina to AFP.

A museum guide presents a replica of an Apple 1 computer to visitors.  (Photo: AFP)
A museum guide presents a replica of an Apple 1 computer to visitors. (Photo: AFP) / WOJTEK RADWANSKI

Para montar su ejemplar, el coleccionista contactó a otros specialistos y utilizó componentos de la época. Todo ello requirió casi tres años de effortos.

La tarjeta madre was signed by Steve Wozniak in person during his visit to Poland in 2018.

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“He analyzed all the welds, the components, he liked much the design. Me mostró also the aspects that he and Steve Jobs wanted to modify but that they didn’t have time”, he indicated.

Apple computers of different generations are exhibited in the recently inaugurated Apple Museum in Warsaw.  (Photo: AFP)
Apple computers of different generations are exhibited in the recently inaugurated Apple Museum in Warsaw. (Photo: AFP) / WOJTEK RADWANSKI

In the great room, dozens of computers are on display, including Apple II, Lisa, Imac, Powermac, Macbook, Mac Pro and even iPhone, iPod, iPadlos manuales de uso, los software y otros products del universo Apple.

Apple II computers are on display.  (Photo: AFP)
Apple II computers are on display. (Photo: AFP) / WOJTEK RADWANSKI

There are original posters on the walls, including those from the famous advertising campaign “Think different” (piense diferentemente), de 1997, with Bob Dylan, Pablo Picasso, Mohamed Ali and Albert Einstein.

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Las pantallas de video y terminals interactives donde una guía de audio permisse a los visitantes submergirse en el universo Apple.

“En los dos primeros años era algo de aficionado, unas cuantas máquinas por el placer de mirarlas, de tener algo que antes no podía me podia permitir porque era demasiado expensive para alguien de la Europa postcomunista”, recalled Lupina.

Al cabo de cierto tiempo, los objetos commenzaron a invadir su casa en los suburbios de Varsovia, primero su oficina y luego su sala.

“Vendí todos los muebles de la sala, la mesa, las chairs, solo dejé los sofás”, contó entre risas. En 2017 abrió un primer museo en su casa, que se podía visitar con cita previa.

People visit the recently inaugurated Apple Museum in Warsaw.  (Photo: AFP)
People visit the recently inaugurated Apple Museum in Warsaw. (Photo: AFP) / WOJTEK RADWANSKI

Ahora le dedica todo su tiempo libre, a veces noches enteras, buscando auctions en differentes zonas horarias.

“A veces es una lucha dura, hace poco perdí un Imac contra un coleccionista de Países Bajos”, he recalled.

Hoy en día, su pasión le cuesta todo su dinero. “Yo no tengo ahorros, no tengo pensión, solo mi colection”.

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