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How to Build your own Apple 1

Build the iconic Apple computer from scratch

There's no doubt the Apple 1 is an iconic computer. We decided to re-create this classic machine with the help of an unassembled kit. Find out how we got on.

There's no doubt the Apple 1, the machine Steve Wozniak invented and first demonstrated at the Palo Alto Homebrew Computer Club in 1976, is an iconic computer.

However, if you missed you chance at owning this piece of kit the first time round, fear not. American Vince Briel has created an authorised reproduction of this classic machine. Briel's Replica 1 sells for $149 (£90) and comes as an unassembled kit. So we decided to give it a go and see just how easy it is to build your own Apple 1. Photos by Emily Kahm.

The Replica 1 includes 88 component parts. There's also a packing list and instruction manual to help you unpack and assemble the machine. The first step in the Replica 1 assembly is to insert all the resistors into the circuit board, solder them, and snip the extra lead.

Having never soldered before, I need to be shown how to use the soldering iron to melt the alloy and fuse different parts together.

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  1. We build the iconic apple computer from scratch
  2. Soldering the reset and clear buttons
  3. Exceptions to installing sockets in any position
  4. The lack of casing
  5. New components
  6. Inspecting my work
  7. Inserting chips
  8. Booting up
  9. It works!

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