Like the ACE 1000 from wich it kept all its features, the Franklin ACE 1200 was completely compatible with the Apple II+.
It was equipped from factory line with a Z80 board, a floppy disk controller board, a 80 columns board and a serial / parallel board that gave it the ability to also run all the software for the CP/M operating system.
The box lid plugged the two floppy drives and the keyboard had typematic and lower case ability. The serial / parallel board experienced some compatibility flaws as printers connected to them weren't automaticaly recognized by Apple II management software.
Franklin machines ran FDOS - Franklin DOS, which was compatible with DOS 3 from Apple, but had a lot of cool features such as built-in RAM disk, disk caching, loadable device drivers, shortened commands, support for hard drives, etc.
In september 1983, Franklin lost a trial against Apple for counterfeiting
ROM software from the Apple II and II+. Moreover the Apple IIe, launched a few time later with 2 special keys allowed to distinguish between true Apple and compatible machines. However, Franklin still produced Apple II and PC compatible computers (ACE-500, ACE-2000) for about two years before devoting them to pocket translators.
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Full Stroke 71 keys
40 x 24
40 x 48 / 208 x 160 / 280 x 192
1 voice - built-in speaker
SIZE / WEIGHT
46 (W) x 50 (D) x 20.5 (H) cm.
Joystick, composite video, 8 Apple II compatible slots