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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.

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Next I insert several chips into the sockets. The pins on each spread out a bit wider than the sockets, so that once inserted, the tension keeps them in place.

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Note that one chip - the one to the right of the empty socket along the bottom - has not yet been properly seated. That will need to be corrected.

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The final chip to install is the main processor, the 65C02, a slightly upgraded version of the 6502 used in the Apple 1.

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The 65C02 goes in the bottom-left socket on the circuit board.

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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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