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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.

Now that the reproduction of a 33-year-old computer is functional, what does one do with it? For starters, any BASIC or assembly code that runs on a 6502 chip (such as the software on the Replica 1's included CD) will run on an Apple 1, after being manually typed in from the keyboard or sent from a modern computer to the Replica 1's RS232 port.

If you run out of space in which to store all this code, or you want an easier way to get code onto your Replica, you can install a CompactFlash reader. And Tom Owad's book Apple I Replica Creation: Back to the Garage gives additional suggestions for ways to enjoy your new retrocomputer.

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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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