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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.

After the reset and clear screen buttons (the two black squares with tiny white buttons) are soldered to the board, the 5MHz crystal comes next.


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Several sockets, ranging in size from 8 pins to 40, need to be installed to house the chips that will come later. Most of the sockets can be soldered in any position, as long as they are the right size and the notches on the sockets align with the diagram on the board.

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The socket on the left is properly aligned; it just needs to be pushed into the board and soldered in.

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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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