Franklin Ace 1000

I often tell people about my history with Apple computers, but in reality, what I owned was a clone: the Franklin Ace 1000.

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The Franklin Ace 1000 was, in many ways, superior to the Apple II line of computers. It was also fully compatible with the Apple II line of computers, mainly because Franklin had dumped and cloned chips from Apple II computers and put them in their Franklin line. Apple sued Franklin for copying the contents of their ROMs and lost; however, after a repeal, Apple won and Franklin was forced to withdraw their Apple clones from the marketplace.

My favorite selling point from the ad is that it comes with “upper and lower case.” If that’s not modern computing, I don’t know what is.

Rob O'Hara

I'm into old video games, old arcade games, old computer games, writing, photography, computer/network security, and of course, the 1980s!

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4 thoughts on “Franklin Ace 1000

  1. You owned a clone? Awesome!

    Funny about the caps… back then, seems like the default was to have caps on.

    Quite annoying when I try to type out a BASIC program now.

  2. The Apple II+ (and most machines before that) didn’t even have lower case, but the Apple IIe did. And you’re right, both the Apple IIe and the Commodore 64 both defaulted to upper case when the machines were powered on.

    And what do you mean, “owned”? I still have a Franklin Ace 1000! We also briefly owned a Laser 128, which was an Apple IIc clone.

  3. Congrats on still having your ACE! I was a software engineer there from 1982-1984.

    Take a look at the HELLO program on your boot disk and see if there is a comment along the lines of “Greetings from Franklin Engineering” near the top. I slipped that into production until Marketing discovered it and demanded that it be removed.

    Bob

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