After having imported the Victor Sirius for years in the UK, ACT produced its own computer largely inspired by the Sirius : the Apricot PC.
It was supposed to be transportable as there is a handle on the main-unit ! If you really want to move your Apricot this way, the keyboard can be clipped to the main-unit.
Several features made this computer quite technically innovative :
� the Apricot PC was possibly the first computer outside Japan to use 3.5'' disk-drives (315k or 720k),
� the graphics quality and features were excellent (800 x 400) and came directly from the Victor Sirius,
� the keyboard was quite original with 8 "normal" and 6 flat programmable function keys along with a built-in LCD screen (40 characters / 2 lines) which displayed the function of the keys. This feature was largely used by the included software, but not much by third-party software.
This small LCD screen could also display the current line of text you're working on and there's even a contrast knob on the right of the keyboard.
It's possible to transfer files and some software from a Sirius or an IBM PC to the Apricot PC by connecting them with a special cable. There's also an IBM PC emulator which forces the Apricot to act like an IBM PC. It works well for some applications but not all.
Some software was supplied with the Apricot PC : Supercalc, various system tools, asynchronous communication, IBM-PC emulator, Microsoft Basic-86, Basic Personal and ACT Manager (a graphical interface for MS-DOS). Word, Multiplan, Wordstar, dBase II, C-Pascal, Pascal UCSD, C, Fortran, Cobol and Basic Compiler 5.35 were available optionally.
In 1984, ACT launched new versions of the Apricot PC with built-in hard-disks and a different colour case. They were called Apricot Xi.
|BUILT IN LANGUAGE||Microsoft Basic-86 and Basic Personal delivered on disks|
|KEYBOARD||Full-stroke keyboard, 101 keys, 8 function keys, 6 dynamic function keys (membrane keys)
Built-in 40 characters x 2 lines LCD screen
|CO-PROCESSOR||Intel 8089 (for in/out tasks), 8087 optional arithmetic co-processor|
|RAM||256k, up to 768k|
|TEXT MODES||80 x 25, 132 x 50 (character matrix 10 x 16)|
|GRAPHIC MODES||800 x 400 dots|
|COLORS||Monochrome (colours facilities)|
|SOUND||1 tone channel|
|SIZE / WEIGHT||Main unit : 42 x 32 x 10 cm
Main unit : 6,4 kg / Monitor : 4,1 kg / keyboard : 1,5 kg
|I/O PORTS||RS232c, Centronics, 2 x Apricot expansion slots|
|BUILT IN MEDIA||1 or 2 x 3''1/2 disk-drives (315k or 720k), optional 5Mb and 10Mb hard-disks|
|OS||MS-DOS 2.0, CP/M 86, Concurrent CP/M
UCSD p-system in option
|POWER SUPPLY||Built-in PSU|
|PERIPHERALS||1 additional 3''1/2 disk-drives, 5Mb and 10Mb hard-disks, trackball, printer, plotter|
|PRICE||2 x 315k floppies : 6080 (France, september 84)
2 x 720k floppies : 6840 (France, september 84)