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Apricot XI Prototype

The Apricot PC was Apricot Computers' first personal computer made for business use. It had two 3.5" floppy drives and a keyboard with an LCD screen. It was released in 1983, and achieved success in the UK. Although it ran MS-DOS and CP/M, it was not an IBM PC compatible as the underlying hardware was very different. An Intel 8089 I/O controller was used, instead of the IBM's 8237 DMA chip; the only ROM was a simple boot loader rather than a full BIOS; and there was no 640k barrier.
 
The Apricot Xi was a similar computer, but with a hard drive instead of the second floppy.
 
Our XI was an Apricot Development machine without an Xi badge and a case serial number of MF 067127.
 
This was very kindly donated by Mike Voss

Manufacturer: Apricot
Date: 1983

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Apricot XI Prototype Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
Apricot MS-DOS User Guide Apricot 1983
Apricot F1 Service Manual Apricot 1984
InterMedia Owners Guide 1989
Apricot ZEN-PC Owners Handbook Mitsubishi 1993

Apricot XI Prototype Articles:

Item Manufacturer Date
Memories - Memories at Apricot Unknown
Memories - Computers in the Dark Ages (Apricot Computers) Unknown

Magazines RELATED to Apricot XI Prototype in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Personal Computer World - May 1996 Unknown
Byte December 1992 Unknown
Personal Computer World - October 1983 Oct 1983
Practical Computing - January 1984 Jan 1984
Personal Computer World - March 1984 Mar 1984
16 Bit Computing - April 1984 16 Bit Computing Apr 1984
Personal Computer World - May 1984 May 1984
16 Bit Computing - May 1984 16 Bit Computing May 1984
Practical Computing - October 1984 Oct 1984
Personal Computer World - October 1984 Oct 1984
Personal Computer World - November 1984 Nov 1984
Practical Computing - December 1984 Dec 1984
Personal Computer World - December 1984 Dec 1984
Practical Computing - January 1985 Jan 1985
Personal Computer World - February 1985 Feb 1985
Personal Computer World - September 1985 1 Sep 1985
Practical Computing - October 1985 Oct 1985
Practical Computing - January 1986 Jan 1986
Personal Computer World - January 1986 Jan 1986
Personal Computer World Special: Business Computing The 1986 Survival Guide Apr 1986
Practical Computing - July 1986 Jul 1986
PC Management August 1986 Aug 1986
Practical Computing - September 1986 Sep 1986
Personal Computer World - September 1986 1 Sep 1986
Practical Computing - November 1986 Nov 1986
PC Management April 1987 Apr 1987
Personal Computer World - April 1987 1 Apr 1987
Practical Computing - August 1987 Aug 1987
Practical Computing - September 1987 Sep 1987
Personal Computer World - January 1988 1 Jan 1988
Personal Computer World - November 1988 1 Nov 1988
Personal Computer World - March 1989 1 Mar 1989
PC Pro Issue 1 November 1994 Dennis 1 Nov 1994
PC Pro Issue 2 December 1994 Dennis 1 Dec 1994
PC Pro January 1995 Dennis 1 Jan 1995
Personal Computer World - July 1996 1 Jul 1996
Acorn User - December 1988 27 May 2009
Acorn User - October 1992 17 Jun 2009

Catalogues RELATED to Apricot XI Prototype in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
Apricot Computer Maintenance Brochure Apricot 1985

Other Systems Related To Apricot XI Prototype:

Item Manufacturer Date
Apricot XI Apricot 1983
Apricot F1 Apricot 1984
Apricot PC XI Apricot 1984
Apricot Point 7 Apricot June 1984
Apricot Portable Apricot November 1984
Apricot F2 Apricot 1985
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
Apricot XEN-PCm Apricot 1995

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH2733. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

 

Apricot XI Prototype

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