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Apple II clones

This page is dedicated to all the unclassifiable Apple II compatible computers. There were numerous models, mainly produced in the Far East, but also in Europe, the USA and South America.

Some of them bore exotic names like Lemon, Orange, Peach or Pineapple, while other were simply no-name systems. In most cases the mainboard and the case were pretty similar to that of the original Apple II. However, the manufacturers often attempted to offer an additional technical feature to distinguish them from the competition, be it a better sound generator, a built-in floppy drive controller or a second Z80 processor. Clone makers also produced copies of the best-selling Apple cards: FDD controller, serial, I/O and Parallel, CPM card, etc..

The model shown has probably lost its label but was called the Lazar II. It was made in Taiwan and mainly sold in Germany. It was a typical Apple II+ clone with the same case, the same power supply unit, a slightly improved main board (see 'More pictures') and a larger loudspeaker. Like all the Apple clones, it used a copy of the AppleSoft ROMs in which an 'Hello' replaced the 'Apple ][' greeting.

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This page is open for your Apple II clones. If you have such an obscure model, let us know, we will be glad to add it.

We need more info about this computer ! If you designed, used, or have more info about this system, please send us pictures or anything you might find useful.

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To answer Vincent''s post. I just brought my old Golem back from the attic.

          
Saturday 24th June 2017
Spad (France)

The most famous/infamous clone was the WOMBAT, trade name of a Taiwanese system sold in Australia. I think it was made by Bondwell, better known for CP/M systems.
Apple sued the distributor for patent/copyright infringement, winning the case and then going on to close down all the other clones.

          
Friday 15th August 2014
infinite100

I bought an MPF II (Microprofessor II) that had 64 K RAM, 16 K ROM and used external cassette player for storage. It had RF output so I could use the TV as monitor.
It was pretty small, smaller than todays iPad but twice the thickness. It had a small keyboard on it but the external keyboard with rubber keys was a must.
It also had Joystick of course and with it came a couple of games that were fun to play with friends on the TV.
The O/S was the same as on Apple II and it had of course a 6502 CPU @ 1MHz.
Cool little box. Regret selling it.

          
Tuesday 28th February 2012
Pär (Sweden)

 

NAME  Apple II clones
MANUFACTURER  Apple
TYPE  Professional Computer
ORIGIN  Taïwan
YEAR  1984
END OF PRODUCTION  Up to around 1990
BUILT IN LANGUAGE  AppleSoft BASIC
KEYBOARD  Generally with a numeric keypad and arrow keys
CPU  6502
SPEED  1 MHz
CO-PROCESSOR  Sometimes a Z80
RAM  64 KB
ROM  12 KB
TEXT MODES  40 x 24, 80 x 24 (with 80-column card)
GRAPHIC MODES  40 x 40-48 (16 colours), 280 x 192 (6 colours)
COLORS  16
SOUND  One-channel loudspeaker
I/O PORTS  Tape recorder In/Out jacks, composite video, Analogue joysticks
POWER SUPPLY  Built-in PSU
PERIPHERALS  Same as the Apple II family
PRICE  Always cheaper than the model


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