Apricot F1

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After the launch of the Apricot PC, largely inspired by the Victor Sirius 1 which sold well in the UK, ACT developed another computer, the Apricot F1. This new system was marketed equally as a business system and as a home-computer (with its TV video output for example).

The design of the F1 is quite innovative with its original shape and infrared keyboard. The main unit is much more deep than large, and the straight line of the whole system was quite stylish for the time. There was no lead or cord between the keyboard and the main unit. All the communication was made through infrared signals. This is quite useful if you want to work from your sofa, four meters away from the main unit but you also must be sure that there is no obstacle between the keyboard and the infrared receivers located on the front of the main unit.

Produced 1984 to 1986
Intel 8086 at 4.77Mhz
Serial  No: MF 057791
Kindly Donated by Mike Vos

Manufacturer: Apricot
Date: 1984

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Apricot F1 Manuals:

Item Manufacturer Date
English Electric Computers System Manuals 4.50 and 4.70 English Electric 1966
Digital Microcomputer Processor Handbook 1979 Digital Equipment Corporation 1979
ICL Employee's Reference Book ICL 13 Sep 1983
Apricot F1 Service Manual Apricot 1984
HP Connectivity Pack Users Guide Hewlett Packard 1994
HP 320LX Pamtop PC Essentials Guide Hewlett Packard Mar 1997
HP 320LX Pamtop PC Pocket Guide Hewlett Packard Oct 1997
HP 360LX Palmtop PC Pocket Guide Hewlett-Packard Oct 1997

Magazines RELATED to Apricot F1 in our Library

Item Manufacturer Date
ULCC News August/September 1983 Newsletter 169 Aug 1983
Personal Computer World - October 1984 Oct 1984
Personal Computer World - December 1984 Dec 1984
ULCC News January 1985 Newsletter 184 Jan 1985
ULCC News March 1985 Newsletter 186 Mar 1985
Personal Computer World - September 1985 1 Sep 1985
Personal Computer World Special: Business Computing The 1986 Survival Guide Apr 1986
Zero - April 1991 Dennis Publishing 1 Apr 1991
Games Master - February 1993 Future Publishing 1 Feb 1993
Mean Machines Sega - October 1995 EMAP Oct 1995
N64 Pro - December 1997 IDG Media Dec 1997
Total 64 - October 1998 Rapide Publishing Sep 1998
N64 Magazine - October 1998 Future Publishing Oct 1998
Edge - Issue 63 - October 1998 Future Publishing Oct 1998
Computer and Video Games - November 1998 Emap Images 1 Nov 1998
Computer and Video Games - December 1998 Emap Images 1 Dec 1998
N64 Magazine - September 1999 Future Publishing Sep 1999
N64 Magazine - September 2000 Future Publishing 1 Sep 2000
N64 Magazine - November 2000 Future Publishing 1 Nov 2000
Edge - Issue 205 - September 2009 Future Publishing Sep 2009
Edge - Issue 210 - January 2010 Future Publishing Jan 2010
Edge - Issue 213 - April 2010 Future Publishing Apr 2010

Other Systems Related To Apricot F1:

Item Manufacturer Date
Apricot XI Apricot 1983
Apricot XI Prototype Apricot 1983
Apricot PC XI Apricot 1984
Apricot Point 7 Apricot June 1984
Apricot Portable Apricot November 1984
Apricot Chameleon Apricot 1985
Apricot F2 Apricot 1985
Apricot F10 Apricot 1985
Apricot XEN (FD/HD?) Apricot October 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 CH2729. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.


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