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Apricot Portable

Apricot Portable was Apricot Computers' attempt at a portable computer, first released in November 1984. It had a 3.5" floppy drive, 4.77 MHz CPU and 256 KB RAM. It was the first computer to use an 80-column/25-line LCD and speech recognition for input/output. The speech recognition software held 4096 words, with only 64 available at a given time. It was also unique in the way that it had an infrared link between it and the keyboard; this was relatively new at the time. However, if an object blocked the infrared beam, communications would be cut off, of course. The Apricot also featured a somewhat Mac-like graphical interface. It was originally priced at 1965.


Manufactured by ACT in the UK in 1984
lntel 8086 at 5 Mhz
with 256k RAM, up to 1024k
VRAM 128k with the color option
ROM 32k
External monitor : 640 x 256 (8 colors simultaneously out of a palette of 16)
Centronics parallel, RS232 serial,RGB monitor ports
Apricot-compatible expansion slot
One Sony 3.5'' disk-drive, double-sided, 720k
MS-DOS 2.11, Concurrent CP/M Version 3, CP/M 86

Manufacturer: Apricot
Date: November 1984

Apricot Portable Manuals :

Item Manufacturer Date
Apricot MS-DOS User Guide Apricot 1983
InterMedia Owners Guide 1989
Apricot ZEN-PC Owners Handbook Mitsubishi 1993

Magazines RELATED to Apricot Portable in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Byte December 1992
Personal Computer World - May 1996
Personal Computer World - October 1983 October 1983
Practical Computing - January 1984 January 1984
Personal Computer World - March 1984 March 1984
16 Bit Computing - April 1984 16 Bit Computing April 1984
16 Bit Computing - May 1984 16 Bit Computing May 1984
Personal Computer World - May 1984 May 1984
Personal Computer World - October 1984 October 1984
Practical Computing - October 1984 October 1984
Personal Computer World - November 1984 November 1984
Personal Computer World - December 1984 December 1984
Practical Computing - December 1984 December 1984
Practical Computing - January 1985 January 1985
Personal Computer World - February 1985 February 1985
University of Cambridge Computing Service Summer 1985 Newsletter 120 July 1985
Personal Computer World - September 1985 01-09-1985
Practical Computing - October 1985 October 1985
Personal Computer World - January 1986 January 1986
Practical Computing - January 1986 January 1986
Personal Computer World Special: Business Computing The 1986 Survival Guide April 1986
Practical Computing - July 1986 July 1986
PC Management August 1986 August 1986
Practical Computing - September 1986 September 1986
Personal Computer World - September 1986 01-09-1986
Practical Computing - November 1986 November 1986
PC Management April 1987 April 1987
Personal Computer World - April 1987 01-04-1987
Practical Computing - August 1987 August 1987
Practical Computing - September 1987 September 1987
Personal Computer World - January 1988 01-01-1988
Personal Computer World - November 1988 01-11-1988
Personal Computer World - March 1989 01-03-1989
Personal Computer World - March 1991 March 1991
PC Pro Issue 1 November 1994 Dennis 01-11-1994
PC Pro Issue 2 December 1994 Dennis 01-12-1994
PC Pro January 1995 Dennis 01-01-1995
Personal Computer World - July 1996 01-07-1996
Acorn User - December 1988 27-05-2009
Acorn User - October 1992 17-06-2009

Other Systems Related To Apricot Portable:

Item Manufacturer Date
Apricot XI Prototype Apricot Unknown
Apricot XI Apricot 1983
Apricot PC Apricot 1984
Apricot F1 Apricot 1984
Apricot PC XI Apricot 1984
Apricot Point 7 Apricot June 1984
Apricot F10 Apricot 1985
Apricot XEN Apricot October 1985
Apricot XEN-i 386/45 Apricot 1988
Apricot NT 386SX-25 Apricot January 1992
Apricot XEN-PC Apricot 1995

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH2143. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

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